Dr. Richard Paul Dorr
August 17, 1936 – November 6, 2019
On November 6, 2019, Richard Paul Dorr went home to his heavenly Father. He died peacefully at home and will be greatly missed and remembered by his beloved family and the many friends, patients, and students he touched. Dr. Dorr was born in Saginaw, Michigan August 17, 1936 to Paul and Monica (Hogan) Dorr. He graduated from Hemlock High School in 1953, earned a Bachelor of Science from Michigan State University, and remained a loyal Spartan. He graduated from the University of Michigan Medical School in 1961, completed a surgical internship at Wayne County General Hospital, then served as a Captain in the Medical Corp, U.S. Army Reserve and Commander of a Medical Company, Airborne Division, in Fort Benning, Georgia until his honorable discharge in 1964. He completed a residency in urology at the University of Michigan Medical Center in 1968. He then opened practice at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital, where he served as head of the Department of Urology for 6 years, and Chief of the Medical Staff from 1980-1982, becoming a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons in 1972. In 1984 he completed a fellowship at East Virginia Medical College in pediatric and reconstructive urology. In 1982 he played a primary role in development of McAuley Health Plan and the Huron Valley Physicians Association. From 1985-90 he served as Executive Vice President and then President and Chief Executive Officer of Mercy Alternative. In 1990 he returned to the full-time private practice of urology. Throughout his career he held a faculty appointment at the University of Michigan Medical School, where he spent the last 6 years of his career training the next generation of urologists.
Dick Dorr had a passion for growth and life in both the earth and those who inhabit it, appreciating the science and wonder in both. He will be remembered for his great love of family and the outdoors, inspiring his wife (the “city girl”), children and grandchildren to enjoy hunting, fishing, horseback riding, and lake life. His appreciation of honesty and beauty he demonstrated in his love for and dedication to Jane. His sense of humor and work ethic reflected his farming roots. He dreamed of being a cowboy and always said he was going to go out with his boots on.
He is survived by his wife of sixty years, Jane (Schmidt) Dorr, his children Richard (Alexandra) Dorr, Susan Dorr (Michael) Goold and Mark (Stacey) Dorr, five grandchildren, Monica, Ryan, Richard, Katherine and Mackenzie, two step-grandchildren Micaela and Mateo, and three great-grandchildren, Tatiana, Amelia and Samantha, sister Deanna Siler, brother Michael (Shirley) Dorr and sister-in-law Marilyn Larkey. He was preceded in death by his sister MaryAnn McDonald, sister-in-law Debbie Dorr, brother-in-law Paul Larkey and brother-in-law Bill Siler.
Mass of Christian Burial will be 11:00 am Monday, November 11, 2019 at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church (2250 E Stadium Rd., Ann Arbor). Visitation will be Sunday, November 10, 2019 from 4:30 to 6:30 pm at Muehlig Funeral Chapel of Ann Arbor. Dr. Dorr will be laid to rest at Washtenong Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, donations can be offered to the Parkinson Foundation or to St. Joseph Mercy Hospital Senior Emergency Foundation. Please visit the funeral chapel website to leave the family your condolences or fond memories.
- Visitation Sunday, November 10, 2019
- Mass of Christian Burial Monday, November 11, 2019
- Laid To Rest Monday, November 11, 2019
- Military Honors Under The Auspices Of Veteran's Honor Guard of Washtenaw County Monday, November 11, 2019
Dr. Richard Paul Dorr
November 10, 2019
Dr.Richard Dorr carried the highest principles of the U.S. Military into his practice of Medicine. A skilled physician/surgeon and a wonderful colleague.
Mikio H. Hiraga, M.D.
November 8, 2019
I will always remember the great parties at Aunt Jane and Uncle Dick's. Christmas, Birthdays, and a pretty great retirement party! It was always obvious how much love Uncle Dick was surrounded with! I will fondly remember him singing "How Great Thou Art" at his 80th birthday party and will always appreciate the fellow Spartan in Wolverine country! We love you Uncle Dick!
November 8, 2019
Wonderful memories of our foursome friendship over family, routing for the Spartans against Paul & Jane’s Uof M! Your always reminding me you were younger, all your kind & generous help when your buddy was sick, your making my beloved sister so happy! The best brother in law ! Forever miss you & join you later!!!
Kathy Larkey Green
November 7, 2019
My love and heartfelt wishes of peace to Aunt Jane, Sue,, Rick, Mark and all the family! I will always remember Uncle Dick’s beautiful singing voice and his handsome smile! He always had a twinkle in his eye and a kindness towards me and my children and he was my dad’s best friend. My prayers are with you all