Published: November 15 in the Washington Post
Philip Band, 89, who grew up in Washington and practiced child psychiatry
in Philadelphia for many years, died Oct. 3 at Frederick Memorial Hospital.
He had congestive heart failure, his son David Band said.
Dr. Band had lived in Thurmont, in Frederick County, since 1996. From
1964 to 2010, he was the resident physician for several weeks each summer
at Camp Airy, a summer camp in Thurmont.
Philip Theodore Band was born in Chicago and moved as a child to
Washington. He was a 1941 graduate of the old Central High School.
He graduated from George Washington University in 1945 and from GWU’s
medical school in 1949. He was a pediatrics specialist early in his career and
served in the Air Force as a pediatrician from 1951 to 1953.
Dr. Band had a psychiatry residency at Yale University in the 1950s before
settling in Philadelphia and focusing on child psychiatry. He had a private
psychiatric practice from 1960 to 1997.
Dr. Band was an associate clinical professor at Temple University from 1958
to 1994. In the 1960s, he helped develop a play therapy program at St.
Christopher’s Hospital for Children in Philadelphia. He received many awards
for his work.
Survivors include his wife of 63 years, Millicent Marcus “Mitzi” Band of
Thurmont; three children, Dr. David Band of Takoma Park, Dr. Steven
Band of Owings Mills and Lisa Band of Thurmont; a brother, Raymond
Band of Bethesda; and five grandchildren.
— Matt Schudel