John J. McLoone, M.D. died on Jan 15, 2009 at the age of 89 after a brief illness. He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 56 years and the mother of their four sons, Lorraine Hughes McLoone in l999. Dr. McLoone was born in Phoenix, AZ. July 3, 1919 to Dr. John J. McLoone, Sr. and Hattie Watkins McLoone. Dr. McLoone’s father was a nationally recognized Eye, Ear, Nose and Throat Surgeon from PA who came to Phoenix in l914 after serving as the Chief of Service at Gorges Hospital in Panama during the construction of the canal. His mother, Hattie, the daughter of a physician, moved to AZ from Mississippi with her mother and sisters to be an instructor at Northern AZ College around the same time. Dr. McLoone’s parents had six children, Mary, John, Ed, Rita, Harriet and Peggy, all of whom were born and reared in Phoenix.
Dr. McLoone attended St. Mary’s Grammar School, Brophy College Preparatory until it closed during the Great Depression, and Phoenix Union High School. He went to college at the University of Notre Dame and the University of AZ where he met Lorraine, who was from Grosse Point, MI. Dr. McLoone received his medical degree from the George Washington University School of Medicine in WA., D.C., the same school attended by his father and brother, Dr. Edward W. McLoone. His specialty training in Otorhinolaryngology was completed at LA County Hospital, Letterman General Hospital in San Francisco and various military hospitals throughout the U.S. and Pacific Theatre while he was a medical officer in the Army Air Corps and Air Force during and for several years after WW II. Dr. McLoone was honorably discharged with the rank of Major in l949 then returned to Phoenix with is wife Lorraine, and their two oldest sons where he practiced medicine as an Ear, Nose and Throat surgeon for nearly four decades.
Dr. McLoone’s professional career included being names a Life Member of the American College of Surgeons and the Academy of Otolaryngology. He was also a member of the American Board of Otolaryngology, the Pacific Coast Otologic Society, International College of Surgeons, AMA and the Arizona State and Maricopa County Medical Societies. While in private practice in Phoenix, he served as Chief of Staff of St. Joseph’s Hospital during the building of Barrow’s Neurological Institute. He was on the Board of Directors of the Visiting Nurses Service, Catholic Social Service, Samuel Gomper’s Memorial Clinic, the Child Guidance Clinic and the Blue SHield and Blue Cross Professional Committee. He was especially proud of his involvements in the fund raising efforts for the expansion of st. Joseph’s Hospital and the building of S.t Francis Xavier Church on Central Avenue in Phoenix. He was also a member of the Knights of Columbus, the Phoenix Kiwanis Club, Phoenix Country Club, Phoenix Trap and Skeet Club, White Mountain Country Club and the Paradise Valley Country Club where he served on the Board of Directors. For his lifelong achievements, Dr. McLoone was named to the Phi Delta Theta Fraternity Hall of Fame at the University of Arizona.
Under the encouragement, love and guidance of his parents, siblings and seemingly innumerable lifelong friends, Dr. McLoone learned the values of hard work, education and play. As a youngster growing up during the early days of Phoenix, he developed the interests and skills to become an accomplished horseman, tennis player, golfer, hunter, angler and photographer. With considerable help from his devoted wife, Lorraine, they passed on these values and interests to their four sons and grandchildren.
During his retirement, Dr. McLoone enjoyed photography and playing golf. He and Lorraine loved to travel throughout the world, summer in the White Mountains, and visit their grandchildren. When Lorraine became ill he ws devoted to caring for her at their home in Fountain Hills. Since her death, he continued to work on his golf game and remain active socially. He was always ready to share his fond memories of AZ and his remarkble experiences throughout a very full life with his family and friends.
Dr. McLoone is also preceded in death by his brother, Dr. Edward McLoone Jean, sisters Mary Kidney David, Harriet McLoone and Peggy Weeger Bill and his brother-in-law, Philip Reilly. He is survived by his sister, Rita Reilly and his four sons, John J. McLoone, Jr., Barbara, George H. McLoone, ph.D. Catherine, James B. McLoone, M.D. Cathy and Robert B. McLoone Susan. John and Lorraine have eleven grandchildren: John III, Amy, Kevin, Christopher, Tracy, Sharon, Suzy, Katie, Brian, Rob and Thomas; there are ten great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
Dr. McLoons’s extended family, his numerous friends and grateful patients all have special, loving memories of him and feel blessed to have known someone who was part of so many lives for so long. The family wishes to extend its sincere gratitude to the staffs at Scottsdale Village Square and The Terraces Care Center for thei tender care of our father.
In lieu of flowrs, it was Dr. McLoone’s hope a remembrance contribution be made to St. Joseph’s Medical Center at 350 West Thomas Road, Phoenix, AZ. Brophy College Preparatory at 4701 N. Central Avenue, Phoenix, AZ., 85012 or your favorite charity.
A Funeral Mass will be held at Brophy Chapel on Friday, January 30, 2009 at 3:00 P.M.