Dr. Hubert Taylor Gurley II, medical director of Health Care for the Homeless and a longtime resident of Bolton Hill, died of complications of COVID-19 Jan. 30. He was the second neighborhood doctor to die from the infection. Dr. Gurley, 77, lived on West Lafayette Avenue with his partner of many years, John Hale.
“He loved Bolton Hill and the home he and John lived in,” said Perry Cooper, a neighbor and friend. They were famous in the neighborhood for elaborate, tasteful Christmas decorations at their home across from Brown Memorial Presbyterian Church. The Baltimore Sun obituary recalled Dr. Gurney as director of the Department of Emergency Medicine at Hopkins hospital and in other important medical roles in the city.
Another neighborhood resident, Dr. Joe Costa, died of COVID July 25, 2020. He was chief of the critical care division at Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore.