Dr. Howard A. Kelly revolutionized women's health care at Hopkins

At the turn of the 20th century, doctors focused scant attention on gynecology.

Dr. Howard Atwood Kelly, one of the “Big Four” Johns Hopkins Hospital physicians, turned that around. His renowned surgical expertise in gynecology drew colleagues and students to his operating room. He pioneered radium treatments for cervical cancers. He authored 485 books, pamphlets, and journal articles. 

The "Founding Four" of Johns Hopkins Hospital. The portrait is by  John Singer Sargent  (1907), which hangs in the Welch Library at Johns Hopkins. They are: (l to r) Dr. William H. Welch, the first Dean of the school, Dr. William Osler, Dr. William S. Halsted and Dr. Howard A. Kelly.

The "Founding Four" of Johns Hopkins Hospital. The portrait is by John Singer Sargent (1907), which hangs in the Welch Library at Johns Hopkins. They are: (l to r) Dr. William H. Welch, the first Dean of the school, Dr. William Osler, Dr. William S. Halsted and Dr. Howard A. Kelly.

A formal photo of Dr. Howard Kelly from an unknown date.

His wife, Laetitia, and their nine children retreated annually from Baltimore City’s summer swelter to Liriodendron in Bel Air. The mansion and grounds rocked with children and pets. It also had Harford County’s first in-ground swimming pool.

Liriodendron Mansion is located on the outskirts of the Town of Bel Air and currently functions as an arts and event venue.

Liriodendron Mansion is located on the outskirts of the Town of Bel Air and currently functions as an arts and event venue.

A formal photograph of Dr. Howard Kelly at an older age.

A formal photograph of Dr. Howard Kelly at an older age.

At 80, Dr. Kelly performed his last surgery. In January 1943, Kelly and his wife died within hours of each other at Baltimore’s Union Memorial Hospital. They are buried next to each other at Woodlawn Cemetery. 

Today, Liriodendron is an event venue, popular for weddings and its small art gallery, which showcases local artists in rotating exhibits.

An En Plein Air artist painting the mansion on a summer day

An En Plein Air artist painting the mansion on a summer day

Gravestone photos from Woodlawn Cemetery, courtesy of Joseph Canner

Gravestone photos from Woodlawn Cemetery, courtesy of Joseph Canner