Robert O'Brien

Dr. Robert Emmett O'Brien

Dr. Robert Emmett O'Brien

1966 - 2014

Dr. Robert E. O'Brien passed away on April 21 at San Francisco General Hospital, following a brave struggle with a severe brain injury.  He was 47 years old.

Loving husband to Colette (née Harner) and devoted father of Emily (16), Jack (15), Bridget (9) and Audrey (7), he enjoyed spending time with his large family.

An accomplished forensic psychiatrist in private practice, Dr. O' Brien served as Director of Psychiatry at St. Mary's Medical Center; he also worked at the Sister Mary Philippa Clinic at SMMC, helping patients with HIV.  He graduated from Marquette University in 1988 and completed medical school at Loyola University in Chicago.  He served his residency at Northwestern University and his fellowship at UCSF.

Dr. O'Brien is survived by his mother, Peggy O'Brien (neé Andrade), sisters Patricia, Margaret, Jennifer, and Megan, and his brother Timothy. He was also a loving uncle and godfather to many nieces and nephews.

Robert was passionate about music, art and film. He loved the Grateful Dead, attending live music shows, watching movies, collecting art and various curiosities. His extraordinary intellect and capacity for understanding the mind's complexities were remarkable; he will be remembered and missed for how he helped others understand themselves.

A rosary will be said on Thursday evening, 7pm at St. Brendan's Church and his funeral will be on Friday morning, 10am at St. Ignatius.  In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the Dr. Robert E. O'Brien educational foundation; details will follow in the coming days.

Published in San Francisco Chronicle on Apr. 23, 2014