Rev. John J. Flynn, S.J., M.D.
March 23, 1923 - January 27, 2013
Resident of Los Gatos
Rev. John Joseph ("Jack," "Doc") Flynn, S.J., M.D., died January 27, 2013 in Los Gatos, California at the age of 89 after a long struggle with cancer. He had been a member of the Jesuit Order for 52 years, an ordained priest for 43 years.
Jack was born in Yakima, WA in 1923 and was raised in Los Angeles. He graduated from Loyola High School and attended Loyola University, Los Angeles, before serving in the Army during World War II. He was a pre-med student and the Army sent him to medical school at Creighton University, Omaha. Discharged from the service in 1946, he completed his studies and received his M.D. in 1947. Internship and residency were made in hospitals in Los Angeles. At the start of the Korean War in 1950, he enrolled in the Navy Reserves and was immediately called to active duty in Korea, where he served as a combat medic with the 3d Battalion, 7th Marines in the Inchon and Chosin Reservoir campaigns. Separated from the service in 1952, he did a residency in radiology at the Veteran Administration Hospital in Los Angeles, and later practiced in Los Angeles hospitals and in private practice.
During this period he discerned a calling to the religious priesthood and in 1960 entered Sacred Heart Novitiate, Los Gatos. At 37, he was the oldest member of his class, most of whom were right out of high school. During his years of studies, he taught chemistry at Bellarmine College Prep, San Jose, 1964-65, and biology at the University of San Francisco the following year. Theology studies were made at Alma College, Los Gatos, and Jack was ordained to the priesthood in 1969.
Jack did a Fellowship in Nuclear Medicine at U.C.L.A., 1970-72, gaining an M.S. in Radiology and Nuclear Medicine. He served as Clinical Lecturer of Radiology at the University of California, Irvine, 1972-81, where he founded and directed the Division of Diagnostic Ultrasound. From 1981-88, he was Assistant Clinical Professor of Radiology at UCLA- Olive View Medical Center.
He retired from medical practice in 1988 and took up hospital chaplaincy, serving at Daniel Freeman Hospital, Marina Del Rey until 1998. He then became Senior Priest at Holy Family Church, Glendale, until retiring to Sacred Heart Jesuit Center in 2005.
Jack was a kind and devoted priest with a concern and zeal for helping the poor. He was a respected medical practitioner, who lectured and published in his field and who held patents on a device for measuring ultrasound beams. In addition to his medical practice and priestly ministry, Jack worked his way through college as a part-time musician, appeared in a few Hollywood musicals as a band member, and played in a variety of night clubs and bars in the 1940s. In his later years, he enjoyed playing the piano for members of the retirement community.
Jack is survived by a brother, Dr. Robert Flynn, of Downey, CA, and by several nieces and nephews.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 AM on Friday, February 1, 2013 at Sacred Heart Jesuit Center, 300 College Avenue, Los Gatos 95030 with burial immediately afterward at Santa Clara Mission Cemetery, 490 Lincoln Street, Santa Clara 95050.
Donations in memory of Fr. Flynn may be made to the California Province of the Society of Jesus, P.O. Box 68, Los Gatos, CA 95031 or to a
Published in San Jose Mercury News/San Mateo County Times on Jan. 30, 2013
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