Dr. Pierre Louis LeRoy
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Dr. Pierre Louis LeRoy passed away peacefully at Christiana Hospital on Saturday, June 14th surrounded by family.
Dr. LeRoy was born in Saint Martin les Boulogne, France and immigrated to America at the age of six with his parents Pierre Marie and Lucie Philippine.
At the age of 18, he joined the Free-French Navy and served in World War II.
Dr. LeRoy graduated from Ursinus College and Jefferson Medical College and then pursued a specialty in Neurological Surgery at the University of Pennsylvania. He was awarded a Post-Doctoral Rockefeller Foundation Fellowship in Neuroanatomy and Neurophysiology at New York University. He was a member of the American College of Surgeons and past President of the Delaware Chapter. He also was a Certified Clinical Engineer for design and modification of medical devices.
In addition to his career in Neurosurgery and Pain Management, he was active in research and as a national lecturer. He was a founding member of the American Pain Society and Advisor to the American Academy of Pain Management. He received the John Liebeskind award for Lifelong Commitment to Medical Education and Research in Pain Medicine.
Dr. LeRoy holds 11 U.S. Patents for medical and surgical instrumentation. He published 61 articles in medical journals and served as editor of the book Current Concepts in the Management of Pain. He was a consultant to Avery Electronics in the development of the TENS unit, as well as to Codman & Shurtleff. He invented the Holter Mini-Valve (LeRoy Design) to control abnormal brain pressure, as well as other medical-surgical instruments.
He was the founder of Neurosurgical Associates, Spina-Bifida Association of Delaware, Delaware Pain Clinic, New Research & Development Laboratories, and Rehabilitation Consultants, Inc. He established and equipped EEG labs at St. Francis Hospital (Wilmington, DE), Union Hospital (Elkton, MD), and elsewhere. He also established the Hydrocephalic Valve Bank for children in underdeveloped countries and was a consultant to the American Hospital in Paris.
His greatest joys were his family, building model boats, sailing, painting and interesting conversation. His quest for knowledge was appreciated by the many he mentored in his lifetime.
He is survived by his wife Roseanne, brother André François, six children Sue, Pierre Edwin, Benjamin, Laura, Christopher and Elizabeth, daughter-in-law Betsy and sons-in-law Joel and Gerry as well as six grandchildren Michelle, Max, Brooke, Chase, Jason and Kyle.
Memorial services will be held on Thursday June 19, 2014 at 6:00 pm at the CHANDLER FUNERAL HOME, 7230 Lancaster Pike, Hockessin, Delaware. Friends and family are invited to visit at the funeral home from 4:00 to 6:00 pm.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations in Dr. LeRoy's memory to the Epilepsy Foundation Delaware, 240 North St. James Street, Suite 104, Newport, DE 19804, or Autism Delaware, 928 Old Harmony Road, Newark, DE 19713.
For online condolences,
Chandler Funeral Homes and Crematorium
2506 Concord Pike Wilmington, DE 19803-9925
Published in The News Journal from June 17 to June 19, 2014