In Memoriam: John J. Dwyer, M.D. (May 4, 1934 – February 2, 2006)

Published March 1, 2006

John J. Dwyer, M.D., long-time member of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS), past president, and founder of the Illini chapter, died February 2 in Maui, Hawaii after suffering a massive stroke. He was 71.

“He was a tireless activist in the cause of freedom and the integrity of our profession, and he will be sorely missed,” said AAPS Executive Director Jane Orient, M.D.

Dr. Dwyer was born May 4, 1934 in Chicago, Illinois to John, Sr. and Mary Lynch Dwyer. Dr. Dwyer had been a Wilmette resident for the past 7-1/2 years, previously residing in Winnetka for 20 years. He had also lived in River Forest, Oak Park, and Chicago.

Dr. Dwyer was a lifelong Chicago physician, the eldest of eight children, and father of five. He spent the bulk of his career in private practice as an orthopedic surgeon with offices in Chicago and Schaumburg.

Over more than 40 years in the practice of medicine, he watched the profession change significantly. He believed strongly in both physicians’ and patients’ rights. He joined and ultimately became president of the AAPS. He also was a member of the Catholic Physicians Guild, American Medical Association, Irish-American Orthopedic Society, and American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons.

He is survived by his wife Maureen Dwyer of Wilmette, five children, and six grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to Pro-Life Action League, 6160 North Cicero Avenue #600, Chicago, Illinois 60646.