We are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Dr. Alex Azar Sr. on Monday, April 6, 2020. Dr.
Azar practiced ophthalmology on the Eastern Shore for over 40 years and taught medical students at Johns Hopkins for 20. He received the Allan D. Jensen Part-Time Faculty Teaching award in 2011, nominated for the award by medical students attending the Wilmer Eye Institute at Johns Hopkins.
Dr. Azar was also Board Certified in Preventive Medicine and is listed in the guide to America's Top Ophthalmologists. He was the first health care professional appointed to the Maryland Health Care Access and Cost Commission by Gov. William Donald Schaefer.
He served as president of the MedChi, Maryland State Medical Society, 1996-1997 and was on the board of directors of The Center for a Healthy Maryland, the board of the local YMCA, the TLC board and the board of the Wicomico Humane Society and the board of Horizons at The Salisbury School. He was also active in the Greater Salisbury Committee and was a 32nd degree Mason.
Dr. Azar’s son, Alex Azar II, is currently the United States Secretary of Health and Human Services, appointed by President Donald Trump in 2017.
Azar is preceded in death by his wife, Wilma, and survived by his children, Alex Azar II and Stacy Azar Dunne, as well as multiple grandchildren.
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Renee Bovelle, MD