Frederick Joseph Hatem, M.D., the Havre de Grace doctor who delivered more than 10,000 babies, passed away on June 6. He was 84.
Dr. Hatem was a throwback to an era of hometown doctors, who will be remembered by his patients in both Harford and Cecil counties for his sense of caring and making house calls.
Dr. Hatem was the loving husband of Arianna Frances Hatem for 58 years. He was a doting and proud father, who along with Mrs. Hatem, raised six children. Dr. Hatem is survived by his son Frederick Joseph Hatem, Jr., and his wife Carol, of Bel Air, Michael Hatem of Havre de Grace, Stephen F. Hatem, M.D., and his wife Amy, of Cleveland Heights, Ohio, Mary Beth Hatem of Takoma Park, Christine L. Hatem, and her husband Thomas Jordan, M.D., of Bel Air, and the late Joanne M. Hatem, M.D.
Dr. Hatem was a proud grandfather to five grandchildren, Gregory F. Hatem, David J. Hatem, Aaron T. Jordan, Arianna Y. Jordan, and Sarah Anne Hatem. He was the brother of Rose Mary Hatem Bonsack, M.D., of Aberdeen, and the late Thomas J. Hatem (for whom the bridge carrying Route 40 over the Susquehanna River is named).
He was the son of the late Joseph T. Hatem and Nasman Joseph Hatem, who ran a general store on the corner of Stokes and Franklin streets.
Dr. Hatem first opened his family medical practice in Aberdeen in the 1950s. He then moved to Havre de Grace, partnered with Dr. Richard Norment, and specialized in obstetrics.
Always involved in the regional medical community, in 1955, he was elected President of the Harford County Medical Society. In 1956, he began eight terms as President and Chief of Medical Staff at Harford Memorial Hospital. Dr. Hatem was active at the state level, serving as Chair of the Policy and Planning Committee of Med-Chi, Maryland State Medical Society. Chair of the independent Maryland Medical Political Action Committee, Dr. Hatem was elected to membership in the Rush Medical Club at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, and was again honored when his son, Stephen F. Hatem, M.D., was also elected to membership.
Dr. Hatem served a term on the Harford County Council, helped with Boy Scout Troop 966, was a coach for Havre de Grace Little League baseball, and served on numerous nonprofit boards throughout Harford County.
Dr. Hatem served in the U.S. Army during World War II, he was a member of the American Legion Post 47 and VFW Post 8126 in Havre de Grace. Dr. Hatem was a very active member of St. Patrick’s Church and the Knights of Columbus.
His children agree his favorite leisure time was spent on the golf course and recalling his hole-in-one shots. Dr. Hatem was a charter member of historic Swan Creek Country Club.
A viewing was held on Friday, June 10, from 2-4 and 6-9, at Zellman Funeral Home, P.A., 123 South Washington Street, Havre de Grace. A Mass of Resurrection will be held on Saturday, June 11, at 10:00 AM at St. Patrick’s Church, 615 Congress Avenue, Havre de Grace. Father William J. O’Brien will officiate. Interment will be held at Mt. Erin Cemetery.
Contributions may be made in his memory to the Joanne Hatem, M.D. Memorial Fund, University of MD School of Medicine, 100 N. Greene St, Baltimore, MD 21201. Checks should be made payable to UMBF, Inc., noting the Joanne Hatem, M.D. Memorial Fund on the subject line of the check.
Alternatively, gifts may be made in Dr. Hatem’s memory to the Church of St. Patrick, 615 Congress Avenue, Havre de Grace, MD, 21078, or The John Carroll School, 703 Churchville Road, Bel Air, MD 21014.