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January 21, 2021

4/25/2016 11:34:00 AM
Dr. Donald Herbert Jolly, MD, 99, of Palo Alto, California,
Dr. Donald Herbert Jolly
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Dr. Donald Herbert Jolly

Dr. Donald H. Jolly, 99 had distinguished career including running MSDC

Dr. Donald Herbert Jolly, MD, 99, of Palo Alto, California, died Monday, April 11, 2016.

The family is planning to hold a memorial service later this year at the family plot in Ontario, Canada.

Dr. Jolly graduated from McMaster University in 1938 with a Bachelor of Science degree in biology and attended Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. He was a veteran of the Royal Canadian Navy working on training and development of radar.

He received his medical degree in 1949 from McGill University. He had worked with the developmentally disabled as a physician and had held teaching positions at McGill, Harvard Medical School, and Indiana University. In 1957 Dr. Jolly was named superintendent at Muscatatuck State Hospital and Developmental. Dr. Jolly was fellow of American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities and served on the board of directors and the executive committee of the Indiana Association for Retarded Children. He was also a founding member and president of the North Vernon Rotary Club.

Born August 20, 1916, in Hamilton, Ontario, Dr. Jolly was the son of Joseph and Betsy Calvert Jolly. He married Helen K. Jammer and she survives.

In addition to his wife of 72 years, survivors include children, Joanne, Vera, George, David, Margaret, and Catherine, 12 grandchildren; and 22 great-grandchildren.

Dr. Jolly was preceded in death by his parents and a grandchild.

Memorials may be made to the performing arts in Indianapolis, the Salvation Army, and Goodwill Industries.



Reader Comments

Posted: Wednesday, July 29, 2020
Article comment by: Don Gilbert Polly

Dr. Donald Jolly, Muscatatuck Superintendent, was my mentor!
Started working for him and Dr. Joe Kunz in 1965, just after completing my Masters Degree at Morehead State University in Kentucky.
Admired his knowledge and experience with mental health issues. Remember, a case conference interview, he conducted with a violent patient.
He focused on the fears, feeding her great anger, reassuring the patient back to a calm participation in developing her future plan.


Posted: Monday, April 25, 2016
Article comment by: Merri Lee Deiotte Drake

Many fond memories at the Jolly's house with Cathy and her family. They are wonderful people, Dr. Jolly leaves a beautiful legacy. Prayers for them at this time of loss.



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