Burket-Truby Funeral Home of Oakmont Burket-Truby Funeral Home of Oakmont Burket-Truby Funeral Home of Oakmont
  Burket-Truby Funeral Home of Oakmont Burket-Truby Funeral Home of Oakmont
 

Burket-Truby Funeral Home of Oakmont

Birrell, Donald George, M.D.




Donald George Birrell, M.D. was born on June 3, 1924 and died peacefully on December 6, 2018. He was the loving husband of the late Patricia C. Birrell with whom he was married more than 64 years. Don is survived by his admiring children Andrew (Nancy) Birrell of Minneapolis, Minnesota, Jeffrey (Diane Duffy) Birrell of McLean, Virginia and Janice (Barton) French of Oakmont, Pennsylvania as well as seven grandchildren and a great granddaughter. Don grew up in Lancaster, Pennsylvania and attended the public schools there graduating from J.P.McCaskey High School in 1942. He earned a degree in Chemistry from Franklin and Marshall College and a Doctor of Medicine from Jefferson Medical College in 1948. After an internship at Lancaster General Hospital, he completed a residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology and became board certified in that specialty. Don was an honorably discharged veteran of the United States Army having served both in World War 2 and the Korean Conflict-including two years service overseas. Upon his return to the United States he married Patricia Clarke, a nurse, shortly became a father and moved his family to Oakmont, where he would spend most of his life. Don was an enormously hard working and dedicated physician, family man and community member. He held many positions in which he made very significant contributions. For example, he served as the President of the Hospital Staff at Magee Woman’s Hospital and as a clinical Professor at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. He was a member of the Oakmont Country Club from 1957 until he died and greatly enjoyed the activities and friendships the Club offered. He was a golfer of some talent and considerable persistence, having won the Vice President’s Cup and the Secretary’s Cup about 30 years apart. He loved to tell stories and play cards and was accomplished at both. But as a gifted and talented musician nothing gave Jazzy Don more pleasure than playing the drums and listening to music. Don contributed to the betterment of this world through his profession and the manner in which he lived his life. He enjoyed his life, his family and his friends. He will be remembered as a loving husband, father, grandfather, physician and friend. The family wishes especially to thank the caregivers at Presbyterian Senior Care for their superb and loving care of Don during the final period of his life. There will be a memorial service on January 5, 2019, beginning at 11:00 a.m. at the Oakmont Presbyterian Church, 415 Pennsylvania Avenue, Oakmont, PA 15139. In lieu of flowers memorial are preferred to Magee-Womens Foundation, 3339 Ward Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15123, or online at https://mageewomens.org/giving/donation-form/ Arrangements by BURKET-TRUBY FUNERAL HOME CREMATION & ALTERNATIVE SERVICES INC. Oakmont