Morton D. Fielding, 82, a Bethesda and Rockville, Md., podiatrist who owned Standardbred and thoroughbred horses, died Dec. 6 at a Las Vegas hospice after a stroke. Dr. Fielding, who lived in Potomac, Md., from 1952 to 1999, ran a podiatry practice in Bethesda from 1954 until he moved to Las Vegas in 1999. He had lived in Henderson, Nev., since 2003.
He started breeding horses in the 1950s and owned several champion racehorses, including the world champion pacing filly Hit Parade p,2, 1:53.4 ($806,303), who raced under the banner of Fielding Farm Group. At one time he also owned a small broodmare band that included Rodine Hanover p,2, 1:54 ($231,630), whose 1990 foal was the great matron Perfect Profile (by Nihilator), the dam of Art Major p,4, 1:48.4 ($2,727,224) and Perfect Art p,3, 1:51 ($629,122). He sold his broodmares to the Almahurst limited partnership venture with Prudential Bache Securities.
Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., Dr. Fielding received a bachelor's degree in chemistry from Long Island University in 1950 and a podiatry degree from the New York College of Podiatric Medicine in 1954. He served in the Army during the Korean War and was a podiatrist at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. He served on the White House medical staff during the Eisenhower administration.
He was a member of the National Capital Optimist Club and a past president of the Maryland Podiatric Medical Association.He is survived by his wife of 34 years, Jane Giroux Fielding of Henderson; four daughters from his first marriage, Mona Shane of West Bloomfield, Mich., Dana Newman and Wendy Lang, both of Germantown, Md., and Jody Fielding-Sklar of Rockville; two stepsons, Steven Arata of San Francisco and Kenneth Arata of Brookeville; a brother; and 11 grandchildren.