Dr. Vincent Joseph Hyams – Captain, United States Navy

From a contemporary pess report

Vincent J. Hyams, 74, a retired pathologist and professor who was a captain in the Navy, died September 5, 1998 at a nursing home in Charleston, South Carolina. He had suffered a stroke and a heart attack.

Dr. Hyams, who moved from Silver Spring to Charleston in March, was an authority in the pathology of the head and neck. He was former chairman of the otolaryngology pathology department at the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology, where he worked from the 1960s to 1984.

He taught at Johns Hopkins University medical school from the late 1970s until the mid-1990s, and had also taught at the University of Rochester. He wrote more than 50 technical papers and five books.

Dr. Hyams was born in Jacksonville, Florida. He was a graduate of Newberry College and the Medical University of South Carolina. He did his internship in Florence, South Carolina.

He served in the Navy in the Pacific during World War II. He joined the Navy Medical Corps in 1955 and later served in Japan. He retired from the Navy in 1984. His honors included the Legion of Merit.

He was an honorary fellow of the Society of Head and Neck Surgery and the American Academy of Oral Surgery. He was a member of the American Academy of Otolaryngology, Association of Military Surgeons and other medical societies, one of which bears his name. He also belonged to the American Legion, Disabled American Veterans and St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Silver Spring.

Survivors include his wife, Marion E. Hyams of Charleston; four children; and nine grandchildren.


On September 5, 1998, of North Charleston, SC and formerly of Silver Spring, MD. Survived by his wife, Marion E. Henderson Hyams. Also survived by three sons, George V., James E. and Andrew J. Hyams; one daughter, Dr. Deborah H. Groover; and nine grandchildren. Preceded in death by one son, Vincent D. Hyams. Mass of Christian Burial will be offered on Tuesday, September 15 at 10 a.m at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, 12319 New Hampshire Ave., Silver Spring. Interment at 1 p.m. in Arlington National Cemetery. Expressions of sympathy may be made in the form of a contribution to The American Heart Association or Catholic Charities.

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