Dr. Louis E. Granger Sr., a retired Baltimore cardiologist who wrote a study and review guide for cardiology board exams and was an accomplished banjo player and videographer, died of cardiac arrest Jan. 3 at the University of Maryland St. Joseph Medical Center in Towson. He was 81.
“Louis Granger was a very bright, intelligent and wise and good physician,” said Dr. Richard D. Biggs, a retired cardiologist and friend of more than 50 years
“I can prove it because he was also my doctor. He cared about his patients and their welfare and health. I respected him as a doctor,” said Dr. Biggs. “And an awful lot of people feel like I do. He is a good example of a doctor who cares for his patients and is an advocate. If he felt they were being treated unfairly, he went to bat for them.
Linda Beyer was a neighbor and patient for years.
“No one can compare to Louis Granger. When I broke my leg and couldn’t get to the lab to give blood samples, he came and took them,” Ms. Baer said. “He was a master with a stethoscope when it came to diagnosing a problem. Most docs say, ‘Take a deep breath and exhale slowly,’ but he’ll listen for five minutes. He was very good as a diagnostician.
Dr. Louis Eberhard Granger, a general practitioner. The son of William Granger and Anna Granger, who managed her husband’s office and was a member of the Mercy Hospital Auxiliary, was born in Baltimore and raised primarily on East 33rd Street. He later moved with his family to Tivoli Avenue near Clifton Park.
After graduating from Baltimore City College in 1958, Dr. Granger earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Duke University in 1962 and earned his medical degree from the University of Maryland School of Medicine.
Dr. Granger completed an internship and residency at Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore, followed by a fellowship in cardiology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine.
Dr. Granger in 1971 11 E. Began private practice on Chase St. and moved to Horizon House on North Calvert Street and then to Mercy Medical Center’s professional building.
He also maintained a private practice at Greater Baltimore Medical Center and Good Samaritan Hospital, now known as Medstar Good Samaritan Hospital, and moved his office to Philadelphia Road in Rosedale, where he continued to see patients until his retirement in late 2021.
When Mrs. Baer suffered from health problems, it was Dr. Granger who took her to the hospital.
“I needed an X-ray and he sat with me and waited because he wanted to see the data himself,” she said. “And I remember when we got out of the hospital at midnight, he was eating a candy bar. That was his dinner.”
Dr. Michael Plott, a retired cardiologist, first met Dr. Granger while a cardiology fellow at Maryland in 1970. “He was a physician who showed respect and compassion for his patients,” Dr. Plott said. “He had a superior intelligence, which he brought to his care for his patients.
“Lou was very friendly and easy to talk to and work with. We each had our own practice, but we often discussed mutual interests and we covered for each other on holidays and weekends.”
“A very important aspect of my husband’s medical practice was his patient advocacy,” Ms. Granger wrote in an email. “He strongly believed that every patient deserved the best effort(s) that medical science could provide.”
In addition to his professional career, Dr. Granger wrote a study and review guide for the cardiology board exam.
Fascinated by computers, he developed a computer billing program.
“He created and developed the program with Apple computers in 1978 for his practice and physicians,” said Ms. Granger, a retired registered nurse who worked for Baltimore County Public Schools. “He just gave the program to friends.”
Dr. Granger met his future wife, the former Jean Abbott, when she was a nursing student at the old Mercy Hospital School of Nursing.
“I met him in his junior year in medical school as part of our curriculum because our group was assigned to do an autopsy and that’s when I first laid eyes on him,” Ms. Granger said. “He graduated and I graduated and then he was working 24-hour-on and 25-hour-off rotations in the emergency room, and that’s when we started dating.”
The couple married in 1969 and later settled in Cockeysville, where they lived for the past 36 years.
Dr. Granger enjoyed coaching youth basketball and softball and was an active member of the Towson Chess Club. He was also an accomplished banjo player.
One of his main pastimes was videography.
“He took videos of his kids and grandkids at softball games as well as other family activities,” his wife said.
A service for Dr. Granger was held Jan. 14 at the Delta Marriott Hotel in Hunt Valley.
In addition to his 54-year-old wife, Dr. Granger is survived by two sons, Louis E. of Moncton; Granger Jr. and is survived by Andrew Granger of Catonsville; four daughters, Amy Bachran of Phoenix, Baltimore County, Claire McGuiness of Sparks, Jill Crowley of Freeland and Ellen Leber of Ventura, Calif.; a brother, William Granger of Woodstock; a sister, Joan Granger of Pikesville; and 16 grandchildren.