Dr. John Victor Kelsey Jr.
20 October, 1947 – 15 October, 2019
Dr. John V. Kelsey, 71, a retired officer in the United States Public Health Service died October 15th at his home in Chevy Chase, MD of natural causes. Known as “Jack” to his family and “Jake” to friends and colleagues he was born in Annapolis, MD on October 20, 1947. His father was Lt. Col. USMC John V. Kelsey who died when he was 10. When his mother remarried a widower with four children, he welcomed his new siblings as a big brother. Jack was a graduate of Dartmouth College, the Georgetown University School of Dentistry, and earned his MBA at the University of New Mexico. He chose a career in public health, and was commissioned as an officer in the United States Public Health Service, where he served in Indian Health on the Navajo Reservation in Chinle, AZ, and in both Gallup and Albuquerque, NM. After Indian Service, he returned to Washington, DC to work at the United States Food and Drug Administration as Deputy Director of the Office of Orphan Products and later as Team Leader and Senior Reviewer of Dental Products and Procedures in the Division of Dermatology and Dentistry. Dr. Kelsey retired with over 30 years of service in public health Jack is survived by his wife, Marian KC Adkins of the home and his beloved daughters Sarah K. Weldon (Henry) of OR, and Erin A. Kelsey of CA, his grandchildren, Jasper and Gemma, brother Brian R. Kelsey (Jodie) of Bethesda, MD, a sister Suzanne K. Malloy of CT, his four step-siblings, and his mother Ann Kelsey Somers of Chevy Chase, MD. Relatives and friends are invited to a Celebration of Life at Joseph Gawler’s Sons, LLC, 5130 Wisconsin Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20016 on Friday November 22, 2019 at 10:00 AM. Private interment will take place at a later date. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association.
- Memorial Service Friday, 22 November , 2019
Dr. John Victor Kelsey Jr.
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13 November 2019
Jake and I have friends for a long time.
I called him on his birthday, but did not get a response. I will surely miss his calls and miss him.
2 November 2019
So shocked to see that our professional colleague and friend has passed on. I knew Jake from IHS and during his time with FDA in Rockville. We were running companions for a time. It’s been a long time since our paths crossed but I’ll always recall him as one of the most upbeat people I’ve been blessed to meet. R.I.P. my friend!
RADM (Ret.) USPHS DC
24 October 2019
Jack, my dear brother, you are sorely missed. I pray that you fine the peace that you deseve.
"Lord, You have set your servant free
To go in peace as you have promise."
There is no night without a dawning
No winter without a spring
And beyond the dark horizon
Our hearts will once more sing ….
For those who leave us for a while
Have only gone away
Out of a restless, care worn world
Into a brighter day.
Helen Steiner Rice
"We will always hold you in our hearts!"
19 October 2019
They say that when you lose a loved one, memories will fade over time. The memories of my brother Jack will never fade.
Jack was a great brother and wonderful friend to me and will always hold a special place in my heart.
Every once in a while God sends someone to serve a special purpose in life. Jack took on this assignment without question. He was here to help and serve others.
Those who knew Jack can consider themselves fortunate. He was a man of great honesty, selflessness and integrity.
To my brother and my friend I say, “Jack, thanks for always being there”.
18 October 2019