James D. Quinn, M.D.

James D. Quinn, M.D.

June 6, 1937 – October 24, 2022

Jim Quinn, age 85, passed away quite suddenly on October 24, 2022. Jim was born on June 6, 1937, to Edward and Mary (Graham) Quinn in Oskaloosa, Iowa. He was the youngest of their four children, following older siblings: Edward, Jr., Mary Ellen, and John. In 1939, his father obtained a job at Paxton Vierling Steel and ended his job with the CCC, and the Quinn family moved to Omaha. Jim attended Our Lady of Lourdes Elementary School and Creighton Prep High School. He obtained both an undergraduate degree and Medical Degree at Creighton University, specializing in Obstetrics and Gynecology after a residency at UNMC/Creighton. He married his high school sweetheart, Betty Fitzgerald, on December 26, 1960. They had six children: Mary Beth, Jim, Sean, Kathy, Colleen, and Kevin, and he was a very supportive father. Jim practiced medicine for over 50 years. Early in his career he served in the Nebraska National Guard as a Major commanding a MASH Unit, and taught at the Creighton School of medicine.  He co-founded an OB/GYN practice with Dr. Robert Langdon and advocated for the health of both women and their unborn children. In line with his medical practice, in the 1960’s and 70’s, Jim and his wife, Betty, assisted and provided housing for unwed pregnant mothers. On a global scale, they also hosted international students for many years. He was a devoted son to his mother until her passing at 103, and a good brother and a great uncle to 12 nieces and nephews. He loved entertaining family and friends at home, from weekly Sunday night BBQ’s to huge holiday parties. He was a life-long sports fan, being a Creighton Jaybacker and a College World Series fan. He had many close friends with whom he enjoyed playing squash, attending sports, sharing meals and socializing. He loved the spring and summer when he prepared a huge garden, yielding lots of produce and flowers which he generously shared with so many people. Like his Quinn parents and grandparents, and his brother and other Quinn relatives, every year he planted a bed of red salvia. His garden was his happy place.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents; siblings; daughters, Marybeth Weber and Kathleen Ann Quinn. He is survived by and will be greatly missed by his wife of 62 years, Betty H. (Fitzgerald) Quinn; children: James E, Sean W (Angie), Colleen Monsef (Eric), and Kevin (Lori); son-in-law, Mark Weber; 12 grandchildren: John Weber (Shannan), Julia, Jimmy, Joe and Jack, Tal and Peter, Elizabeth and Katherine Monsef, and Jessica, Megan and Ryan; one great-grandchild, Calvin Weber.

VISITATION: Sunday, October 30, 2022, 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., followed by VIGIL SERVICE at 5:00 p.m. at the WEST CENTER CHAPEL–(NOT AT CHURCH AS ORIGINALLY PLANNED).  Please note the change in location.

MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL: Monday, October 31, 2022, 10:30 a.m., at St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church, 6116 Dodge St.

Interment: Calvary Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to Creighton University School of Medicine.

 

19 Comments

  • Ray Williams Posted October 25, 2022 4:30 pm

    *A fine gentleman. Will be thinking of all in your family in the days ahead.

  • Terry and Judy Hanee Posted October 26, 2022 2:42 pm

    The world lost one of its better persons when Jim went to his Savior!

  • Mary Heise Buckley Posted October 26, 2022 3:27 pm

    I send my sympathy to the Quinn family. Beginning in 1979 when I taught in Creighton’s ESL program you welcomed meant your home on so many occasions, including holidays and the times when I would just drop in. I have never forgotten the kindness shown by all of you, including Jim. Peace be with you all.

  • Beth Engel Posted October 26, 2022 6:22 pm

    For many years Dr. Quinn was my doctor. He always spent time talking with me. His brother was a Columban Priest as was my uncle. My daughters and his went to USD. We had great visits in addition to his being a great doctor with great advice. Sorry to his family for their great loss.

  • Linda & Rich Vondra Posted October 27, 2022 6:46 am

    Sorry for your loss. Our prayers for family & friends.

  • Trish Robey Posted October 27, 2022 10:08 am

    So sad to hear of Dr. Quinn’s passing. He was a great doctor that helped me through many life events and was also so supportive and honest. It was nice running into him at Creighton games and UNO games, he will be missed! RIP

  • Connie Bemis Posted October 27, 2022 3:44 pm

    He was the best friend he supported me and helped with the loss of my husbaand our dear Lord has a great Angel miss you Conniet,

  • Teresa Graham Posted October 27, 2022 3:48 pm

    Saddened to hear of my cousin Jim’s passing. His gift of gab was a blessing bestowed by his Irish (via Waverly, Minnesota) heritage. His compassionate career bringing precious babies into the world was matched by his devotion as a husband, father and friend. While we mourn his passing, we celebrate his life . With sympathy and gratitude from the homeland, Teresa

  • Reverend Walter and Renee Jones Posted October 27, 2022 9:44 pm

    We were sad to hear of Dr. Quinn’s passing. He was my doctor for 39 years. You are in our prayers..

  • Reverend Walter and Renee Jones Posted October 27, 2022 9:46 pm

    It saddened us to hear of Dr. Quinn’s passing. He was my doctor for 39 years. You are in our prayers..

  • Teresa Graham Posted October 28, 2022 9:31 pm

    Saddened to hear i of cousin Jim’s passing. His gift of gab was a blessing bestowed on him by his Irish ancestors. We shall miss his wit and wisdom and are grateful for all the babies he welcomed into this world. May he rest in peace as he is reunited with his parents and daughters who preceded him.

  • Joyce Prohaska Posted October 29, 2022 4:09 pm

    It saddens me to hear of Dr.Quinn’s passing. He was my doctor. My sympathy to the entire family. You are in my prayers.

  • Greg Schatz Posted October 30, 2022 6:16 am

    Jim Your dad was a great guy, and a true gentleman. My thoughts and prayers are offered to you and your family.

  • Mianne Mathey Tripp Posted October 30, 2022 9:00 am

    What a gift Dr Quinn was to my life and my family’s life. I have fond memories of my visits with him over 40+ years of good, trusting care. He delivered my sons. Ever smart, ever clever, he lives as a kind, gentle soul in my hear and mind. His greatest pride was his children. His greatest gift was his smile. My condolences to the Quinn family. May Christ’s peace be with you all.

    Mianne Mathey Tripp, RN

  • Susan Jacobs-Hagen Posted October 31, 2022 9:29 am

    One of the kindest men! Dr. Quinn took care of me for many years, and he always treated me with care and respect. I can’t imagine trusting my heath and my babies’ safety with anyone else! He was straightforward with his advice, and always found a place for warm feelings and humor. I have many memories of him, but here’s one that shows how he went above and beyond: I was in labor – and as was my “usual,” had been at the hospital for more than 12 hours. Dr. Quinn was there delivering another baby, and he came to see me in my labor room. It was after midnight, and he came and just sat and talked with me for about 45 minutes! Just what I needed – a friendly conversation and encouragement! My thoughts and prayers are with the Quinn family, and all of the people whose lives he touched.

  • Mary Bazis Posted November 1, 2022 4:14 pm

    He was my doctor and delivered my daughter. He saved my life when I had a medical emergency. I will always remember him and be grateful for his care.

  • Vic Massara Posted November 10, 2022 1:59 pm

    Dr. Quinn was a devoted and caring physician that served his patients well over many years. So sorry to hear of his passing.

  • John&Judy Mabry Posted April 27, 2023 6:50 pm

    May he rest in peace

  • Daisy Bradley – Harris Posted December 8, 2023 10:49 pm

    My prayers of peace, confortand cleabrating the good timres in your lives with Dr. James D. Quinn. A compasionate , fun side of him in his life. Mrs. Quinn you also helped your husband come a few hrs. daily to help me rehab. They say a wife is a reflection of her husband. Remember the good times. Clelbrate his life through your p ain and sorrow. God said “He will send a comforter” I private times Lord God fill her with the strengthand love. He will be truly missed 308-850-8193 Grand Island. I named my baby after you. Many nany flowers hugs and love thease days to come

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