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.
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.
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.