Austin Algernon Lamar was born to Susan C. (Snyder) Lamar and Dr. Lewis Lamar in Wolfsville, Maryland on February 5, 1876.
Doctor Lamar was a well-respected, highly-experienced physician who owned and operated a medical and surgical center in Middletown, Maryland from 1905 to 1932, known as The Lamar Center, The Lamar Nursing Home, Lamar Surgical Suite, The Lamar Surgical Center, and The Lamar Sanitarium.
Doctor Lamar was educated in various public schools and tutorship throughout Western Maryland.
After reading medicine for four years under his father, Dr Lewis Lamar, he entered the Baltimore Medical College now known as the University of Maryland from where he graduated with a degree in medicine in 1898.
After two years serving as a physician at the Maryland General Hospital located in Baltimore, Maryland, he returned to Frederick County Maryland and purchased a structure now known as 200 West Main Street in Middletown, Maryland that was utilized as his primary residence and the home of his medical and surgical practice.
Like his Father before him, he was known for his skill and devotion to the medical and surgical field and defined as highly esteemed by every one with whom he came in contact. As a result, Dr. Lamar was considered to be one of the leading and most prominent physicians in the Frederick County area. Among his patients were a number of the most influential citizens of the community.
During the years of his medical and surgical practice, Dr. Lamar constructed a private Sanitarium at the same location. The Sanitarium was thoroughly equipped with all modern and state-of-the-art conveniences such that were found in first-class institutions.
Doctor Lamar had four siblings, three sisters to include Emma E., born in 1867, and deceased at the age of 77 in 1944; Angie V., born in 1870, and deceased at the age of 57 in 1927; Rhoda E., born in 1872, and deceased at the age of 30 in 1902; and, one brother, Bruce S., born in 1881, and deceased at the age of 24 in 1905.
Doctor Lamar was married on February 26, 1902, to Lena Ethel Newcomer, daughter of Henry and Louisa Jane (Harp) Newcomer of Washington County Maryland. Lena was known as a member of an old and prominent family of Washington County Maryland.
Doctor and Mrs. Lamar had four children, Austin A. Lamar, Jr., 1902 to 1977; Louise Catherine Lamar Young, August 16, 1906 to June 30, 1998; Lewis H. Lamar, 1911 to 1930, and David W. Lamar, 1913 to 1939. Sadly David W., died by suicide at the age of 26 while attending the United States Army Flying School located in Santa Maria, California.
Austin A. Lamar, Jr., son of Dr. Austin Algernon Lamar attended Johns Hopkins University where he obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree. After graduation he went on to become a school principal.
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Politically, Dr. Lamar gave his support to the Republican party.
In addition to his medical and surgical practice, Dr. Lamar served as the Mayor of Middletown, Maryland elected on April 2, 1912. On April 6, 1913, he was elected town Burgess. He was also a member of the House of Delegates. And, on several occasions he ran for the office of Register of Wills.
In religion, he was a member of the German Reformed Church. Fraternally, he was a member of the Columbia Lodge, No. 58, A.F. and A.M. Jacques de Molay Commandery No. 4, Knights Templar, and the Enouch Royal Chapter No. 23, of Frederick, Maryland. In addition, he was a member of the Heptasophs, and the Modern Woodmen of American. He was also a member of the Frederick County Medical Society, the Medical and Faculty of Maryland, and the American Medical Association.
Dr. Lamar passed away at midnight on December 11, 1932, at the age of 56 after several months of illness.
Dr. Lamar is buried at the Christ Reformed Cemetery located at 12 South Church Street, Middletown, Maryland.