It is with a profound sense of loss that that the family of Dr. Thomas Patrick McGorry announces his passing after a brief illness, on Friday, April 15, 2021, at the age of 78 years.
Tom was born a first generation American on July 18, 1942 to Thomas Patrick McGorry, a Scots Irish immigrant, and his wife, Caroline (nee Kloepfer), settling in the rough Kensington & Alleghany neighborhood in Philadelphia. Tom studied hard and consistently earned top marks that lifted him out of that neighborhood.
He graduated LaSalle College in 1964 and Hahnemann University Medical School in 1969. He performed his internship and residency at Wilmington Medical Center, earning his Doctor of Medicine in 1971.
While in high school, Tom met love of his life, Joan Ann (nee Lupo), a lovely schoolteacher whom he wed on August 20, 1966.nHe was drafted and served in the Air Force from 1971-1973 rising to the rank of major.
After a second residency in Oklahoma City, he set up his practice in in Loudoun with his friend, John McGovern, in 1974, forming the first pediatric group in the county. Though Tom stood 6’4” and loomed over his tiny patients, he was beloved, gentle, and comforting. All his ties bore cartoon characters, and many played music; otherwise, he would sing to connect with the children.
He loved to learn, devouring medical journals, and attended multiple conferences each year. In 1976, he had just learned new cold-water physiology theory when a 4-year-old came to the ER with no pulse after 20 minutes beneath a frozen lake. He miraculously revived the boy, thanks to that seminar.
Tom led the practice through 35 years of growth with the county, before retiring in 2008 to volunteer at the Loudoun Free Clinic until his health challenges became too great. He remained a beloved member of the community. Former patients would frequently stop him to introduce their own children or thank him for saving their lives.
Family and friends will remember his love, laughter, great stories, and terrible jokes. Tom will be lovingly remembered by his beloved wife of 54 years, Joan, his cherished four children, and their wonderful spouses, Kelli (David) Wheeler, Kevin (Kitty) McGorry, Jennifer (Jason) Schlosser, and Tammy (Vinson) Cornejo. He will also be fondly remembered by his eleven grandchildren, Natalie, Sean, Patrick, Charlotte, Andra, Christian, Molly, Cameron, Katie, Jett, and Dean, by his sister Margaret (Tom) O’Conner, sister-in-law Lucy McGorry, and brother-in-law Frank Lupo. Tom was predeceased by his sister, Joyce (Tony) Puca, brother, James McGorry, and brother-in-law Thomas O’Connor.
A funeral will be held for Tom on Tuesday, April 20 at 11:00 a.m., at St. Francis DeSales Church, 37730 St Francis Ct, Purcellville, VA. There will be a receiving line outside the church beginning at 10:00 a.m. This service can be viewed online at SaintFrancisParish.org by clicking “Live Video Stream — Mass and Other Liturgies.”
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions go to Loudoun Free Clinic to support children’s health: LoudounFreeClinic.org. Arrangements by Hall Funeral Home, Purcellville, VA.