Dr. Eugene Donohoe; OB-GYN opened his home to others

Eugene V. Donohoe
Eugene V. Donohoe
Posted: June 12, 2014

Dr. Eugene V. Donohoe did not just provide medical treatment to pregnant women as an obstetrician-gynecologist in Haddon Heights.

On four occasions from the early 1960s to the mid-1970s, "my parents had a woman who lived with us," who was pregnant and single, a daughter, Martha, said in a phone interview.

"He's Catholic and does not believe in abortion," she said.

On Monday, June 9, Dr. Donohoe, 82, died of leukemia at home.

In opening his home, his daughter said, "he wanted to ensure that if somebody was in need, that they would not see their social situation as an obstacle."

His daughter recalled that, "for months at a time," two of her sisters lived in another room in the house so that the guest could feel comfortable in their room.

Ann Gaughan, a family friend, said that the four pregnant single women "were treated as if they were one of his daughters."

His attitude, Gaughan said, "was completely accepting and completely nonjudgmental, and just sensitive and warm."

With all his patients, Gaughan said, "he reached out to people and treated them like family."

Born in Philadelphia, Dr. Donohoe graduated from North Catholic High School in 1948, earned a premed bachelor's at La Salle University in 1952, and graduated from Temple University School of Medicine in 1956.

After serving as an Air Force flight surgeon until 1960, he briefly ran his medical practice in Runnemede before opening his Haddon Heights office. He retired in 1990.

Besides his daughter Martha, Dr. Donohoe is survived by his wife of 58 years, Joan; daughters Mary, Margaret, and Maureen; eight grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

No public services were planned.

Condolences may be offered to the family at www.healeyfuneralhomes.com.


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