J. Paul Harvey, Jr.

  • Born: February 28, 1922
  • Died: July 12, 2010
  • Location: Pasadena, California

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J. Paul Harvey, Jr. Obituary July 15, 2010 Joseph Paul Harvey, Jr., MD, 88, a professor of Orthopedic Surgery, died Monday, July 12, 2010, at his home in Pasadena, surrounded by his family, of pulmonary failure. A service will be held at 9:30 a.m., Saturday, July 24, at Holy Family Catholic Church, 1527 Fremont Ave., in South Pasadena. Dr. Harvey was born on Feb. 28, 1922, in Youngstown, Ohio, the eldest of two sons of Joseph Paul, Sr., an internist, and Mary Justinian Collins Harvey, a decorated World War I army nurse. He graduated in 1939 from Staunton Military Academy in Staunton, Va. He attended Dartmouth College from 1939 to 1942, and graduated from Harvard Medical School in 1945. Following that, Dr. Harvey became a Medical Officer in the Army and was stationed in the Philippines and Korea. After his Army service, Dr. Harvey took an internship in general surgery at Peter Bent Brigham Hospital in Boston, followed by a two-year residency at University Hospital in Cleveland, where he found his calling in Orthopedic Surgery. From 1953 to 1959, he served as a resident and Research Fellow at the Hospital of Special Surgery in New York City. In 1962, Dr. Harvey moved to Los Angeles to found the Orthopedic Surgery Division at the Los Angeles County-University of Southern California Medical Center. He was Chairman of the department from 1964 to 1978, and remained Professor until his retirement in 1992. Those who knew him during his 30 years at what is now the USC Keck School of Medicine called Dr. Harvey a “legend.” In announcing his passing to faculty and staff, Medical School Dean Carmen A. Puliafito, MD., MBA, wrote that in addition to “the outstanding clinical programs, education and orthopedic research he established … Dr. Harvey was conscientious, compassionate, a hard worker, a man of great integrity and an excellent role model for young orthopedic surgeons and students.” He often warned students not to become “Cadillac Doctors” and enter medicine looking for lucrative salaries. He had an impact on the lives and careers of hundreds of future doctors, and in 1987, former students presented him with a blue Cadillac at a surprise 65th birthday party. He was the editor of Contemporary Orthopedics from 1977 to 1999, he co-authored 75 academic papers, and served as a visiting professor throughout the world, including hospitals in Sweden, Switzerland, Germany, Belgium, Spain, Canada, Israel and China. Following Dr. Harvey's retirement, he remained active in Orthopedics. He attended Orthopedic Pediatric Clinics at the LA County+USC Medical Center and volunteered through nonprofit organizations in war torn and underdeveloped countries around the world. A lifelong Catholic, he was a Knight of Malta and served on the Advisory Board of the USC Catholic Center. He and his wife of 52 years, Martha, raised five daughters. To balance his primarily female household, Dr. Harvey adopted a series of huge, mostly male dogs that included great Danes, Irish wolfhounds, and standard poodles. He grew roses, loved reading history and listening to classical music, and enjoyed the majestic Sierra Nevada mountains. Dr. Harvey is survived by his wife Martha; five daughters: Maryalice Harvey Gelhaus, Martha Harvey Forster, Frances Harvey; Lucy Harvey Lo Re, and Laura Harvey Buchanan; along with four sons-in-law, 12 grandchildren, and a brother, John Collins Harvey, MD. In lieu of flowers donations may be sent to the USC Catholic Center or the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at the Keck School of Medicine.