Dr. Robert Carroll, M.D.

June 17, 2024 - March 15, 2011

Robert John Carroll, MD, of Ross Township, died Tuesday, March 15, 2011. He was born April 6, 1923, the youngest of six children of Edward J. and Estella B. Carroll. He was raised in Bloomfield, above his father’s pharmacy on Liberty Avenue. He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Ruth Clarke Carroll; seven children, Patricia and David Burkardt, Jack and Barbara Carroll, Rosemary Carroll and William Rizzo, Nancy Carroll, MD, Mary “Kitty” Carroll, Thomas and Lucia Carroll and Ruth Falchetti. His daughter, Jean, predeceased him. He is also survived by 19 grandchildren. He raised eight children, “the pride of his life.” A Central Catholic High School graduate (1940), he graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a B.S. and from its medical school in 1947. Dr. Carroll served his internship at St. Francis Hospital and his residency at St. John’s Hospital. He began his medical practice in Ross Township in 1949 and retired in 1995. He was on the staff at St. John’s, Suburban General, Divine Providence and North Hills Passavant Hospitals. He began to serve on the board of directors of the Allegheny County Medical Society in 1961, served the same society as president-elect in 1968 and as president in 1969. He chaired its judicial board from 1975 to 1980. He was chairman of the Allegheny County Rubella Vaccination Program in 1970. Dr. Carroll also served on the Pennsylvania Medical Society board of trustees from 1982 to 1985. He was a co-founder of the Keystone Peer Review Organization in 1982, sat as an American Medical Association delegate for 15 years (1974 to 1989) and was an active member of the Pennsylvania Medical Association Political Action Committee from 1976 to 1981. He was a convinced Roman Catholic and a founding member of St. Sebastian Parish (1950), serving on its Pastoral Council in recent years. He was president of the Catholic Physicians Guild of Pittsburgh in 1954 and again in 2002 – 2003. In 2007, he served as a delegate to the National Catholic Medical Association meeting in Portland, Ore. He was involved in republican politics for many years, spurred to action by the debate in the 1950s and 1960s that showed the future of medicine would be determined by politicians rather than physicians. He helped to found SEPP, Society for the Education of Physicians and Patients in 1993 and served as its vice president for many years. A member of the Ross Township and Allegheny County Republican Committees, he was elected an alternate delegate to the National Republican Convention in 1996 and 2000. Visitation from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday and from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at T.B. DEVLIN FUNERAL HOME, 806 Perry Highway, North Hills. Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 a.m. Saturday in St. Sebastian Church. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to St. Sebastian Church, 311 Siebert Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15237; or to the Vincentian Sisters of Charity of Nazareth, 8200 McKnight Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15237.

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  • Bob and Holly Vagley

    Although expected, we were so sorry to learn of Dr. Carroll’s passing. Please accept our condolences and know that our prayers are with Dr. Carroll and his family during this difficult time.

    Bob and Holly Vagley

  • Dick Vagley

    With sincere condolences to Mrs. Carroll and the entire Carroll Family upon your loss. May Dr. Carroll rest in peace.


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