FEDERALSBURG — Dr. Henry Rogers Trapnell of Federalsburg, MD passed away on Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013 at the William Hill Manor in Easton. He was 85.
Dr. Trapnell was born May 3, 1928 in Baltimore, the son of the late Joseph Trapnell, III and Elizabeth Woollen Trapnell.
He attended the Friends School in Baltimore where he earned four varsity letters in sports. He was an avid Boy Scout, achieving Eagle Scout at the age of 13, and was a Scout Master while in college. He attended Hobart College and the University of Virginia. During his summers in college he joined the Merchant Marine and during WW II he served as a private in the Maryland Minute Men. After three years of college Dr. Trapnell entered the University of Maryland Medical School in 1950. While in medical school in spare time he worked as an insurance agent. During his second and third years he worked at Church Home and Hospital at night. The next two summers he worked at Beebe Hospital in Lewes, DE, and the fourth year at Union Memorial Hospital in Baltimore.
Upon graduating in 1954 he entered the Navy, serving one year at Portsmouth Naval Hospital in Virginia. He then transferred to Pensacola, FL where he earned his Navy flight training and received his wings. He enjoyed flying, especially helicopters, two engine, and four engine planes. He was transferred to Seattle Naval Air as flight surgeon for NAS and the 13th Naval District.
After his discharge from the Navy in 1958 he came to Federalsburg where he served the public for 41 ½ years and retired from practice in 1999. Dr. Trapnell enjoyed seeing his patients, and especially obstetrics where he delivered over 1900 babies. He was “on call 24-7” making house calls day and night.
He was a member of the AMA, Caroline Co. Medical Society for which he was president for many years, Southern Medical Society, MD Medical Chirurgical Society, Geriatric Society, American Academy of General Practice, Rotary Club, American Legion Post #243, V.F.W. Post #5246, Federalsburg Historical Society, and also served on the Caroline County Depart. of Social Services Board for many years, and Delmarva Morgan Horse Club.
His hobbies included woodworking in his shop, creating various objects, gardening and yard work, hunting, fishing, world travel which included cruising the world over before and after retirement, and showing Morgan horses.
He is survived by his wife, Marilyn Horn Trapnell, six children, Henry Rogers Trapnell, Jr., Dr. Bruce Colston Trapnell and his wife Victoria, Thomas Kyle Trapnell, William Holmes Trapnell, Margaret Lea Knox, and Jennifer Rogers Trapnell, many grandchildren, a sister Elizabeth Sellman King and several nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by a brother, Joseph Trapnell, IV, his former wife Leola Haygood Trapnell, and a nephew Richard King.
Funeral services will be held on Sat. Nov. 23, 2013 at 11 a.m. at the Framptom Funeral Home in Federalsburg with Rev. Howard Dunn officiating. Interment with military honors will follow in Hill Crest Cemetery in Federalsburg. Friends may call on Friday from 6:00 to 8:00 at the funeral home. The family suggests memorial contributions in lieu of flowers be made to Federalsburg Volunteer Fire Co., PO Box 99, Federalsburg, MD 21632, or to Caroline Humane Society, 4037 W. Belle St., Ridgely, MD 21660, or to the American Heart Assoc. Caroline Co. Unit, c/o Christy Coale, 216 N. Main St., Federalsburg, MD 21632, or to American Lung Assoc. of MD, Executive Plaza 1 Suite 600, 11350 McCormick Rd., Hunt Valley, MD 2103. To share memories please visit www.framptom.com.