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Dr. Joseph L. DesRosiers, respected Seton physician, passed away Tuesday, July 3, 2012. Affectionately known as “Father Joe,” he was an icon in obstetrical medicine in the state, chairing the Seton Obstetrics Department for many years. During his 43-year career, Dr. DesRosiers delivered more than 10,000 babies. In recognition of his service to Seton and the community, an Obstetrical Education Suite at SMCA bears his name.
Debbie Fowler, director of Perinatal Services at SMCW, started working with Dr. DesRosier at SMCA in 1990. “I was a brand new graduate nurse and served with him until he retired,” she recalled. “He was always incredibly respectful and professional in every situation. He loved his patients and they loved him.”
His commitment to the Seton Mission is legendary. “Dr. DesRosiers’ Catholic faith called him to serve those who were poor and vulnerable. Although his patients came from all walks of life, he always gave them his all without exception,” Debbie recalled. “We always knew that working with him made for a good shift and, regardless of the situations we would face, with his calm presence, everything would be OK.”
Dr. DesRosiers’ obituary appeared in the Austin American-Statesman on Thursday, July 12.