Updated: Dr. Paul E. Rodriguez, 77, Former Hale Hospital Trustee

Paul_RodriguezDr. Paul Rodriguez, 77, longtime Haverhill resident passed away last Thursday, May 19.

He was born March 20, 1939, in New Britain, Conn, son of the late Edmund and Evelyn (O'Leary) Rodriguez. He was the husband of Jerene (Bertrand) Rodriguez.

He was educated in Southington, Conn., and received his bachelor’s from Fairfield University in 1961. Rodriguez continued his education, receiving his degree of Doctor of Medicine from New York Medical College in 1965. He completed his internship and obstetrics and gynecology residency at the former New Britain General Hospital (now UCONN Health Center) from 1965 through 1969. He served honorably in the U.S. Army Medical Corps in Fort Monmouth, N.J., being discharged at the rank of major. He was an obstetrician and gynecologist serving the people of Haverhill and many of the surrounding communities until his retirement in 2003. Some of his other activities included being a member of the Haverhill Board of Health, president of the Hale Hospital medical staff, member of the Hale Hospital board of trustees, chairman of the Bradford Historical Commission, president of the Parish Council of Sacred Hearts Church, eucharistic minister for Sacred Hearts Church and president of the Deaf Community Center, Framingham.

Besides his wife, Rodriguez’s surviving family members include his children, Mark Rodriguez of Danvers, Maria Ouellette and husband David of Haverhill, Matthew Rodriguez and wife Renee of California and Andrew Rodriguez and wife Sandra of Germany; grandchildren, Renee, Daniel, Gabriela and Sebastian; great-grandson Bryson; sisters Evelyn Clemett of Rhode Island and Dr. Nancy Arnold, Connecticut; and many close friends and colleagues.

His funeral took place this morning, beginning at the Driscoll Funeral Home, 309 South Main St., at 10 a.m. with a Funeral Mass of Christian Burial at Sacred Hearts Church, 165 South Main Street, Bradford. Interment will follow in Elmwood Cemetery.

Contributions in Dr. Rodriguez’s memory may be made to the New England Homes for the Deaf, 154 Water Street, Danvers, MA 01923.