In memory of
Dr. J. Ward Donovan
In memory of
Dr. J. Ward Donovan
Respected physician and professor, and beloved husband, brother, father, and grandfather, Dr. J. Ward Donovan passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his family on June 27. Ward is predeceased by his cherished son, Ryan Ward Donovan. He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Joan; daughter, Erin; son-in-law, Greg; grandson, Seamus; granddaughter, Aoife; brothers, Robert, Richard, and James; and sisters, Elaine and Ginger. Ward grew up in Binghamton, NY and always aspired to be a physician. He graduated from Manhattan College and George Washington University College of Medicine (1974). He completed his residency in Emergency Medicine at M.S. Hershey Medical Center and became a faculty member in Emergency Medicine at the Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine from 1977-2003, and Chief of Emergency Medicine from 1980-1985. He then completed a visiting professorship in toxicology at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh, Scotland in 1985-1986, and subsequently became Medical Director of the Penn State Poison Center from 1986-2003. He concluded his clinical career as Chief of Medical Toxicology at PinnacleHealth System in Harrisburg, PA and President of Pennsylvania Toxicologists, P.C. Other professional accomplishments include an Emeritus Professorship of Emergency Medicine at Penn State, many published research studies, co-editing a textbook in medical toxicology, and reviewing or testifying in over 300 cases as an expert witness. Dr. Donovan was a past president of the American College of Medical Toxicology, past president of the Pennsylvania chapter of the American College of Emergency Physicians, a past board member of the American Academy of Clinical Toxicology, a fellow of the American College of Medical Toxicology, and a fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians. Ward was also an accomplished speed skater as a member of the Binghamton Speed Skating Club. He was the winner of the NYC Silver Skates Race in Madison Square Garden and competed successfully in national competitions. Ward was a life-long, avid hunter and fisherman. He greatly enjoyed his annual hunting and fishing trips with his brothers, and reliably caught the biggest fish. Funeral service will be held in the Hoover Funeral Home of Hershey on Friday, July 3, at 11AM. The family will begin receiving guests at 10AM. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to either: Gaudenzia Substance Use Disorder Treatment and Recovery Services ( Gaudenzia.org ; 610-239-9600) or The American Cancer Society ( Cancer.org ; 800-227-2345). www.pennlive.com/obits
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Hershey, PA 17033
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In memory of
Dr. J. Ward Donovan
Respected physician and professor, and beloved husband, brother, father, and grandfather, Dr. J. Ward Donovan passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his family on June 27. Ward is predeceased by his cherished son, Ryan Ward Donovan. He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Joan; daughter, Erin; son-in-law, Greg; grandson, Seamus; granddaughter, Aoife; brothers, Robert, Richard, and James; and sisters, Elaine and Ginger. Ward grew up in Binghamton, NY and always aspired to be a physician. He graduated from Manhattan College and George Washington University College of Medicine (1974). He completed his residency in Emergency Medicine at M.S. Hershey Medical Center and became a faculty member in Emergency Medicine at the Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine from 1977-2003, and Chief of Emergency Medicine from 1980-1985. He then completed a visiting professorship in toxicology at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh, Scotland in 1985-1986, and subsequently became Medical Director of the Penn State Poison Center from 1986-2003. He concluded his clinical career as Chief of Medical Toxicology at PinnacleHealth System in Harrisburg, PA and President of Pennsylvania Toxicologists, P.C. Other professional accomplishments include an Emeritus Professorship of Emergency Medicine at Penn State, many published research studies, co-editing a textbook in medical toxicology, and reviewing or testifying in over 300 cases as an expert witness. Dr. Donovan was a past president of the American College of Medical Toxicology, past president of the Pennsylvania chapter of the American College of Emergency Physicians, a past board member of the American Academy of Clinical Toxicology, a fellow of the American College of Medical Toxicology, and a fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians. Ward was also an accomplished speed skater as a member of the Binghamton Speed Skating Club. He was the winner of the NYC Silver Skates Race in Madison Square Garden and competed successfully in national competitions. Ward was a life-long, avid hunter and fisherman. He greatly enjoyed his annual hunting and fishing trips with his brothers, and reliably caught the biggest fish. Funeral service will be held in the Hoover Funeral Home of Hershey on Friday, July 3, at 11AM. The family will begin receiving guests at 10AM. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to either: Gaudenzia Substance Use Disorder Treatment and Recovery Services ( Gaudenzia.org ; 610-239-9600) or The American Cancer Society ( Cancer.org ; 800-227-2345). www.pennlive.com/obits
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Services Provided By
Hoover Funeral Home & Crematory, Inc. of Hershey
88 Lucy Ave.
Hershey, PA 17033
Past Services ╲╱
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