Cumberland Times-News

Opinion

March 24, 2012

Dr. Martin Rothstein was truly Frostburg’s unsung hero

2012 — As he arrived in Frostburg in 1948, he left early this month, 64 years later, with little fanfare, the same way he arrived. That was by his design.

Dr. Martin Rothstein quickly became an icon of this community as a quality physician, his skills as a diagnostician were unsurpassed without all the tools of today with the sophisticated study of blood, X-rays, nuclear scans, MRIs, etc.

Nurses and medical staff at the hospital relied heavily on his opinion. His mark on the community became taken for granted as he saw vast numbers of patients in his office at 48 Broadway late into the night with fees of $0 to $5.

He had no secretary or nurse and nothing but an examining table, a gooseneck lamp and his stethoscope and that light thing that you use to look in your throat or ear. He made the rounds at the Miners Hospital and took little time for himself as he was working at various clinics and giving his time for the mandatory physicals for the local high schools and Frostburg State College athletic teams.

Very few people know that he was awarded six battle stars for his military service in Europe during World War II and helped establish a hospital in Haiti for the Peace Corps.

I recall that when his mother passed away, he brought his father to Frostburg to live with him. He took great care of him and remember him coming to my grandparent's home as they were from the same generation and kept kosher.

Dr. Rothsteln was a very devout Jew and came to synagogue almost every Friday evening as long as his health and the weather wouldn't stand in the way. He was also a long time member of the Frostburg Rotary Club.

My parents were always hopeful that he would find a wife and have children, as he would have been a great husband and father. He apparently never found the time for that. When he finally stopped practicing medicine, there was a tremendous void in health care In Frostburg. That void is still there and he will be missed always.

He lived a long life of 97 years and did leave his mark. I hope that the citizens of Frostburg will remember him by some memorial or plaque at St. Vincent DePaul (formerly Miners Hospital) or in front of his long-time office at 48 Broadway. Thanks, Doc, for all you did for our family and Frostburg.

Dottle and Larry Hohing

Cumberland

 

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