Obituary of Robert O'Driscoll
Dr. Robert “Rod” G. O’Driscoll, who helped bring more than 6000 new lives into the world in his work as an obstetrician, died at home on May 14. He resided in Chester, New Jersey; Longboat Key, Florida; and Baltimore, Ireland. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Joan O’Driscoll (nee Allen), six children, and 20 grandchildren. He was 81 years old. The cause of death was cancer.
Robert was born on October 11,1936 in Newark, New Jersey, the only child of Robert and Hanna O’Driscoll. He attended the Sacred Heart School in Newark, and the Seton Hall Preparatory School in South Orange, New Jersey. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in 1959 from Georgetown University, Washington, DC.
Robert earned his Doctorate of Medicine from the University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Ontario. He completed his internship at Newark City Hospital and a residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Newark City Hospital and Saint Barnabas Medical Center, Livingston, New Jersey. Robert and his private practice in West Orange, New Jersey were the subject of a non-fiction book, Having Babies, by Thomas Congdon published by Simon and Schuster in 1994. He was a Fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the American College of Surgeons, and the American College of Physician Executives.
Robert was a member of the medical staff at Saint Barnabas from 1977 until his retirement. Robert was President of Metrowest IPA of Saint Barnabas from 1985 to 1988. He was Clinical Chief of Obstetrics and Gynecology from 1986 to 1989. He served as the President of the Medical Staff from 1988 to 1991, as a Trustee of the Medical Center from 1992 to 1996, and as Senior Vice President for Medical Affairs from 1997 through 1999. In 1998, he received the Excellence in Caring Award from Saint Barnabas Medical Center.
Robert’s life was one of service to his country and community. Robert served in the U.S. Army Medical Corps at Fort Knox, Kentucky, attaining the rank of Major. He was awarded the Army Commendation Medal. He served on the Board of Health of the Village of South Orange, New Jersey. He was a member of the Essex County and New Jersey State Medical Societies. He sat on a United States Congressional Advisory Panel on Healthcare Initiatives in Washington, DC. After retirement, Robert volunteered at the Dover Medical Clinic in Dover, New Jersey and at the Senior Friendship Center of Sarasota, Florida.
In addition to his beloved wife, Robert is survived by his children Kevin O’Driscoll and wife Michelle of Zurich, Switzerland; Margaret O’Driscoll Chapman and husband David of New York, New York; Brian O’Driscoll of Nutley, New Jersey; Aileen O’Driscoll and husband John Adelhelm of Mendham, New Jersey; Elizabeth O’Driscoll Gage and husband Greg of Rockville, Maryland; and Loretta O’Driscoll Marchesi and husband Joe of Glen Ridge, New Jersey. His twenty grandchildren, of whom he was so proud, in order of age from eldest are Kalman Chapman, Jack O’Driscoll, Catherine Chapman, Kelsey O’Driscoll, Sean Adelhelm, Brendan Gage, Robert Adelhelm, Sarah Chapman, Liam O’Driscoll, Julie Gage, Elizabeth and Claire Adelhelm, Aidan Gage, Declan O’Driscoll, Ellory O’Driscoll, Anna O’Driscoll, Sally and Orla Marchesi, Melanie O’Driscoll, and Kevin O’Driscoll, Jr.
Robert was well loved and will be missed by all his family and his many friends and colleagues.
A wake will be held on Sunday, May 20, 2018 from 2pm to 6pm at the William J. Leber Funeral Home, 15 Furnace Road (Corner of Rt. 206), Chester, New Jersey . A funeral
mass will be celebrated at 10am on Monday, May 21 at Assumption Church, 91 Maple Ave, Morristown, New Jersey followed by interment at Gate of Heaven Cemetery in East
Hanover, New Jersey.
In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of “Dr. Robert G. O’Driscoll” can be designated to the Cancer Center at Saint Barnabas Medical Center. Checks should be made out to Saint Barnabas Medical Center with "Cancer Center" on the memo line.Donations may be mailed to:Attention Development Department, 95 Old Short Hills Road, West Orange, NJ 07052. Donations can be made online at www.sbmcgiving.org.
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