Thomas Anthony O’Sullivan

Thomas Anthony O’Sullivan

March 25, 1926 - April 01, 2009

Thomas Anthony O’Sullivan

March 25, 1926 - April 01, 2009


Dr. Thomas A. ‘Tony’ O’Sullivan was a beloved obstetrician who delivered over 6, 000 babies during his career, primarily at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Orange and at UC Irvine Medical Center.

Born in Crook in the north of England on March 25, 1926 to Michael J. O’Sullivan of Conemara, Ireland and Evelyn Hannigan of Muzik, Pennsylvania, he was the youngest of their three children. From the age of nine, he attended boarding school at St. Joseph’s College in Dumfries, Scotland where he excelled in academics and athletics. He graduated from medical school at King’s College, University of Durham, England in 1949. He completed his OB/GYN specialty training at hospitals in San Diego, San Francisco, New York, Chicago and Oshawa, Canada.

In 1954, he enlisted in the U.S. Army as a Captain and was stationed at the 16th Field Hospital in Nuremberg, Germany. There he met and married the love of his life, Carolyn Roberts, a beautiful nurse from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. In 1956, they returned to civilian life and settled in southern California. They raised a family of six children in Cowan Heights, Santa Ana and then moved to Mission Viejo.

In addition to almost 30 years in private practice, Dr. O’Sullivan held a variety of other positions including: Clinical Professor at UC Irvine, Ships Doctor for Royal Caribbean Cruise Line, Medical Director of the Laguna Beach Community Clinic and Director General of Holy Family Hospital in Bethlehem, a maternity hospital serving Palestinian women.

He had many interests outside of medicine. He sang in the choir at Santiago de Campostella parish for 18 years. He was proud of his Irish heritage and led the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Santa Ana in the 1970s. An avid reader, he loved poetry and could recite entire passages from memory. He enjoyed painting, music and travel and never took for granted the natural beauty of California. A charismatic patriarch known affectionately as ‘Popa’ he regaled his 17 grandchildren with tales of his own youthful escapades. He cherished his family and friends and especially his wife of 53 years, Carolyn, with whom he had a wonderful life.

Dr. O’Sullivan is survived by his sister, Evelyn Aykroyd of England; his wife Carolyn; his six children, Maureen, Tim, Michael, Teresa, Danny and Meghan; his three sons-in-law Laurence Pierce, Ed Smith and John Katzman; his three daughters-in-law Christine, Heather and Kelly; his seventeen grandchildren Alex, Ben, Conor, Brittany, Katie, Joseph, Timothy, Dillon, Zachary, Jacob, Rachel, Patrick, Mary Kate, Finn, Seamus, Danny and Libby, and too many friends to name.

Funeral Mass will be held at Santiago de Campostela, Tuesday April 7, 2009 at 10:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Fr. Marc’s Orphanage in Haiti Theo’s Work, Inc. 25422 Trabuco Rd., Suite 105-362, Lake Forest, CA 92630.

O’Connor Mortuary, 949 581-4300

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31 responses to Thomas Anthony O’Sullivan

  1. Dear Dan, Kelly and Family,
    We were so sorry to hear of your dear dad’s passing. I have such fond memories of him when you and I were young…he was such a nice man. Be assured he is in God’s care and know that you and your family are in our prayers and thoughts.

    Love, Craig and Deborah

  2. Elisa says:

    Dr. O’Sullivan delivered my baby girl in 1981. When he found how little money I had, he delivered her for free including all office visits. I had been told by another OBGYN that I needed an abortion because of certain problems with the fetus, but he assured me God was in control and I could handle whatever happened. As it turned out, my daughter was perfect and now has 2 children of her own. Dr. O’Sullivan was caring and kind and truly lived out his faith. I look forward to meeting him again in heaven.

  3. May the Lord bless you and keep you.
    may shine his face upon you and give lasting peace.
    Thank you my colliege for the many pleasant years of sharing the practice of Obstetrics
    Fred and Joyce Jansen

  4. Joan LeJeune says:

    Dr. O’Sullivan delivered my daughter 40 years ago this past January. When we adopted a little girl from Korea in 1981, I took her for a visit to his office. Whatever he was busy with, he took the time to come out to the waiting room to greet her. I ran into Dr. O’Sullivan several years ago at the dentist’s office in Tustin. I recognized him and introduced myself. He remembered and greeted me with a big hug. He was one of the kindest men I have ever met. One you would not likely forget. My condolences go out to his whole family.

  5. Lynn,

    We are so sorry to hear of Tony’s passing. He truly was one of the nicest persons we’ve ever come to know and he will be missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this sorrowful time.

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