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John O'Shea



John O'Shea

John Stewart O'Shea was born in Baltimore in 1944, and spent his first 26 years there. His father John Albert O'Shea was a legal aid attorney (co-founding Legal Aid Baltimore in 1929 at age 25) and real estate investor, and his mother Coralie Wiegman O'Shea a social worker (in charge of East Baltimore Social Services by her mid-20s). He had no siblings.

After graduating from Loyola High School (now Loyola Blakefield) and Loyola College (now University), he received his MD from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He then completed a pediatric residency and ambulatory pediatric fellowship (as a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar) at Duke University.

He next spent 16 years as director of ambulatory pediatrics at Brown University, where he was based at Rhode Island Hospital. He was in charge of the Rhode Island Hospital Child Abuse Team from 1975 until 1980, and established the Rhode Island Poison Center in 1980. Upon Leaving Rhode Island in 1990, the Governor proclaimed that May to be Dr. John O'Shea Recognition Month because of his child-favoring activities. After he moved to Atlanta in 1990, he was director of general pediatrics at Emory University for two years, and then spent eight years as director of pediatrics at Meridian Medical Group.

He retired from pediatric practice in 2000, and became a docent at the Michael C. Carlos Museum of antiquities at Emory. He recently served six years on the board and executive committee of Catholic Charities Atlanta, primarily as a fundraiser. He is also a founding member of the board and recent chair of the executive committee of the Daisy Alliance, an Atlanta-based group concerned with the elimination of weapons of mass destruction, and is a member of Physicians for Social Responsibility. He has served on the boards and executive committees of The Atlanta Opera and the Carlos Museum, was president of the latter's docent guild, was on the board and fund-raising committee of the Center for the Visually Impaired, was on the development committee of the Catholic Foundation of North Georgia, and recently served on the Board of Governors of the International Club of Atlanta. He was also recently chair of the Advisory Board of the Atlanta-based Interfaith Children's Movement. He was the main designer of the $35 million Carlos Museum component of the seven-year $1,6 billion Campaign Emory that ended in early 2013.

He gave three different 8-session fully-subscribed courses on the Fantastic Jazz of the 1920s and 1930s in the winters of 2016, 2017 and 2018 for the Emory University adult education program, and will be doing sequels in the winters of 2020 through 2022. This has been his favorite type of music since the mid-1970s, although he's also into Classical, Baroque, and various eras of opera.