As Dr. Timothy Donovan led his daughter and granddaughter on a prolonged hike close to Tucson, Arizona, he stumbled and fell. The Madison physician brushed himself off and insisted the group preserve going so his granddaughter, 10 or 11 on the time, may expertise success within the open air.
The subsequent day, Donovan went to pressing care, the place an X-ray revealed a fracture. “He had damaged his wrist, however he didn’t say one phrase to anyone,” stated his daughter, Kristin Nelson, who was together with her daughter on the hike. “He needed to provide her a way of accomplishment.”
Donovan was by no means one to complain, Nelson stated, whether or not it was rising up because the eldest son of 10 youngsters in southeastern Wisconsin, ushering Dean Clinic via mergers as president or combating a number of myeloma in his later years, when he grew to become UW-Madison’s oldest stem-cell transplant recipient on the age of 72.
“He would hearken to the remainder of us complain about one factor or one other,” Nelson stated. “However he’d simply concentrate on the optimistic.”
Donovan died from COVID-19 and his blood most cancers on April 10 at age 82. He grew to become unwell from the coronavirus in late March.
“He didn’t even get that sick with COVID-19. However he was so sick along with his most cancers, that was all it took,” stated Dr. Conrad Andringa, a longtime good friend and Dean Clinic colleague.
Donovan, from a Catholic household, entered the seminary however began a starvation strike to carry consideration to his need to attend school. “It was to let his mother and father know he needed to be a physician, not a priest,” Andringa stated.
After attending Marquette College, Donovan obtained his medical diploma from UW Faculty of Drugs and Public Well being. He and Andringa, medical faculty classmates, ended up at Dean Clinic, Andringa as a pediatrician and Donovan an ear, nostril and throat specialist.
Donovan grew to become president of Dean Clinic, serving to it merge with one other physician group and launch an HMO, Dean Well being Plan.
“He was a good friend you would rely on,” stated Andringa, who performed the cardboard sport Sheepshead with Donovan and joined him in attending Badgers soccer, basketball and hockey video games.
Donovan was a devoted tennis participant, spending many hours on the John Powless Tennis Heart in Madison. He additionally performed bridge, attaining the title of life grasp.
“He labored extraordinarily onerous at no matter he did, whether or not or not it’s tennis or golf or bridge,” stated Nelson, a veterinarian in Janesville.
As with many COVID-19 deaths, a conventional memorial service was not held.
“It’s an enormous Irish household and there was no massive funeral, no massive wake,” Nelson stated. “There wasn’t numerous closure.”