From a contemporary press report
Stephen J. Eshman, 49, an orthopedist who retired as a Navy Commander in 1996, died of a brain tumor July 14, 2003, at his home in Darnestown, Maryland.
Commander Eshman was born in Lima, Ohio. He was a graduate of St. Mary's High School in Annapolis and graduated with distinction from the U.S. Naval Academy. He received his medical degree from Georgetown University.
He was assigned as an orthopedic surgeon to Navy hospitals in Charleston, South Carolina, Jacksonville and Philadelphia and served on the USS New Orleans during the Persian Gulf War. He was also medical officer of the USS Guam on assignments to the Middle East and Norway.
After retiring from the Navy, he was in private practice in Vienna, Fredericksburg and Frederick.
He was a member of the Naval Academy Alumni Association, American Medical Association, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, American College of Surgeons and St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Gaithersburg.
His honors included the Navy Commendation Medal.
He volunteered as a team physician at George C. Marshall High School in Falls Church, Brooke Pointe High School in Stafford, Urbana High School and Quince Orchard High School and with the Frederick Keys baseball team.
Survivors include his wife of 23 years, Dr. Rosemary Tiernan, and two children, Caroline Eshman and Andrew Eshman, all of Darnestown; his mother, Mary Dorley Eshman of Davidsonville; and two sisters, Catherine Eshman High of Midlothian and Andrea Rybcynski of Havre de Grace, Maryland.
ESHMAN, STEPHEN J., M.D. (AGE 49)
CDR, USN, Retired
On Monday, July 14, 2003 of Darnestown, Maryland. Beloved husband of Rosemary Tiernan for 23 years; loving father of Caroline M. and Andrew J. Eshman; loving son of Mary Eshman and the late John R. Eshman, Captain, USN, Retired; loving brother of Catherine High (husband, Michael) and Andrea Rybczynski (husband, Edward). Also survived by other loving family and friends.
A Memorial Mass will be offered at the United States Naval Academy, 108 Blake Rd., Annapolis, Maryland. on Thursday, July 17, 2003 at 10 a.m. Graveside Service with Full Military Honors will be held at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia, on Tuesday, August 19, 2003 at 9 a.m. Everyone attending please meet at the cemetery administration building by 8:30 a.m.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Brain Tumor Association, 2720 River Rd., Des Plaines, IL 60018.
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