ARTHUR J. DONOVAN, M.D.
On May 2, 2019, Arthur J. Donovan, M.D. passed from this life at the age of 94. Art was born in Concord, NH to Joseph and Mary (Callahan) Donovan and was the brother of Jane Pillsbury (deceased). He was preceded in death by his beloved Jane Wooddell Donovan, to whom he was married for 49 years, and is survived by son John (Colleen), daughter Rachel and grandchildren Dylan Donovan-Smith, Brian and Katherine Donovan.
Art attended Phillips-Exeter Academy (1943), Harvard University (1944) and received his MD from Tufts University (1948). His general surgery residency at Yale's Grace-New Haven Hospital was interrupted by honored service in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War, where he earned a medal of commendation.
Art dedicated a distinguished professional career to the dignity and care of patients, the advancement of academic surgery, the training of residents in the “art and science” of surgical practice. In these roles he joined the faculty of the USC School of Medicine (1961) and later served as the first Chairman of Surgery, Interim Dean and Vice-President of Health Affairs at the University of South Alabama (1973-1979). He returned to USC as Professor and Chairman of the Department of Surgery until retirement (1990) as Distinguished Emeritus Professor. He served on the RRC for Surgery, and as President of the Western Surgical Association, Chair of the Board of Governors of the American College of Surgeons, First Vice President of the American College of Surgeons, and was Chair of American Board of Surgery Art was a voracious reader and a student of history. He enjoyed traveling with family and friends, the ocean, skiing and Trojan football. In later years, Art lived in Oxnard, CA where he served on the Ventura County Grand Jury (2015-2017).
He is missed near and far by colleagues, residents and students of medicine that admired him, friends that appreciated him, and a family that loves him.
STEVEN C. STAIN, M.D.