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Healey, Jr, Dr. William V.
Dr. William Vincent Healey, Jr., age 84, passed away in Fort Worth, Texas on Thursday, April 30, 2015. A family service was held at Holy Family Catholic Church in Fort Worth, Texas on Monday, May 4th with the Rev. Jeffery Poirot officiating. A memorial service in San Antonio, Texas is being planned for June.
Dr. Healey was born on February 11, 1931 in New York, New York to Dr. William V. Healey and Mabel Keating Healey. He graduated from The Loyola School in New York City in 1948. He earned a B.A. from Princeton University in 1952 and M.D. from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in 1956. After an internship in surgery, Dr. Healey served from 1957 through 1960 in the U.S. Navy Medical Corps, N.A.S. Kenitra, Morocco. He subsequently returned to Columbia P&S and completed his residency in surgery, becoming an instructor and later Assistant Professor of Clinical Surgery at Columbia.
Dr. Healey was married to Joan Edmondson from 1957 to 1976, and they had three children: William III, David, and Hilary. The family resided in Greenwich, Connecticut, following his service in the Navy, and Dr. Healey served as an attending surgeon at Greenwich Hospital, and at the Roosevelt Hospital in New York City.

In 1976, Dr. Healey became Director of Surgery at Coryell Memorial Hospital in Gatesville, Texas. He was married to Celia Powell in 1977, and they had two sons, Peter and Michael. Dr. Healey subsequently became Professor of Surgery at the University of Texas Medical School in San Antonio, Texas, where he worked extensively on the development of a total permanent artificial heart, earning a patent on an actuating mechanism for an implantable artificial cardiac prosthesis.
Dr. Healey authored numerous scholarly and scientific articles throughout his career, He was additionally CEO of The Reciprocal Health Care Management Corporation, and served as a consultant to J. Walter Thompson Co., Group Health Inc., and Jackson Communications, among others. Bill pursued many passions including breeding Labrador retrievers and training quarter horses at his ranch in Boerne, TX.
Bill was a force of nature, a brilliant, driven genius of a man who will be missed. He will be remembered for his humor, intelligence, and passion. He was loved very much by many and our lives were deeply affected by him.
Bill is preceded in death by his parents and his son David Huber Healey. He is survived by his wife, Celia Powell Healey, sister Jane Engel of Princeton New Jersey, and children: William Vincent Healey, III M.D. and wife Linda Peters of Seattle, WA; Hilary Healey Watson and husband Joseph D. Watson of Greenwich CT; Peter Ross Healey and wife Ashley Healey of Fort Worth, TX; and Michael Paul Healey of College Station, TX. Bill is also survived by grandchildren Caroline Healey, Ben Healey, Josie Watson, Jane Watson, Preston Healey, and Mary Paige Healey.
Donations in his honor may be made to the / , PO Box 841125, Dallas, TX 75284-1125 or at www.heart.org.
Published in GreenwichTime on May 24, 2015
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