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William Henry "Bill" Donnelly, Jr., M.D. died peacefully Sunday September 30, 2012 after a year-long battle with a brain tumor.

Dr. Donnelly was born in Jersey City, NJ (1936), graduated from St. Peter's Prep in 1954, received his BA from the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester MA (1958) and his MD degree from the University of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada (1963). He was a Lieutenant Commander in the US Naval Submarine Medical Program (1960-1966), served 2 tours as the medical officer on the USS Ethan Allen (SSBN 608). He completed his residency training in Pathology and sub-specialty training in Pediatric Pathology at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh (1971).

He was a Professor in both the Department of Pathology, Immunology, and Laboratory Medicine and the Department of Pediatrics, from 1971-2012, and was an Associate Medical Examiner from 2002-2012. Dr. Donnelly served as President of the Society of Pediatric Pathology (SSP) in 1991, and from 1984-89 represented the Society in the development and approval of the Special Qualification in Pediatric Pathology by the American Board of Pathology. As a member of the SNOMED Committee of the College of American Pathologists, he helped develop SNOMED II, and authored the SNOMED Pediatric Microglossary, with Dr. Curt Buchholz. With W. Ingram and J.K. Massey, he developed the Department's original anatomic pathology computer system that was in use from 1977-95. He received several awards for graduate medical teaching, and in 2000 he was honored for 20 years of service by the Pediatric Oncology Group. In 2005, he became Professor Emeritus and attempted, but failed retirement. He continued practicing and teaching residents through 2011.

His clinical interests involved congenital and acquired heart disease in infants and children, perinatal pathology multiple malformation syndromes, renal disease and pediatric solid tumors, and sudden unexpected death in children and adults.

His love of teaching and medicine was exceeded only by his love for good jazz music, and his family. He was on the board of Friends of Jazz and enjoyed singing at Leonardo's 706 and at any gathering. He was a rabid basketball, track and field, and swimming fan, and he served as a volunteer physician for the UF swim team for 10 years. As a good friend said, he embodied the Jesuit philosophy to educate, serve others, live life with passion, and bring joy to all around.

He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Michelle Emond Donnelly, son Christopher Donnelly, daughter Carolyn "Sam" Donnelly (Ellsworth) Remson, and grandchildren Bailey and Hunter Remson, brother David Donnelly, 5 nephews and a niece.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Thursday, October 4, 2012 at 9:30 a.m. in Holy Faith Catholic Church, 747 NW 43rd Street, with Fr. John Gillespie as celebrant. Interment will follow in Memorial Park Central, 4100 NW 39th Avenue. The family will receive friends Wednesday, October 3, 2012, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., with a prayer vigil at 7:30 p.m, at the church. In lieu of flowers, donations to The Blue Ridge School Annual Fund, 273 Mayo Drive, St. George, VA, 22935 attn: JC Ignaszewski or the Ronald McDonald House of Gainesville would be appreciated.

Arrangements are under the care of WILLIAMS-THOMAS FUNERAL HOME DOWNTOWN, 404 North Main Street.




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Published in Gainesville Sun from Oct. 2 to Oct. 3, 2012
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