Dr. Declan Joseph O’Scanlon, Sr., a prominent psychiatrist and father of State Sen. Declan O’Scanlon (R-Little Silver) died on Wednesday. He was 92.
He served as the resident physician and clinical psychiatrist at the New Jersey State Hospital at Marlboro in the late 1950s and early 1960s, where he met his wife, Alice Ann Mott, a Fair Haven resident who was an assistant librarian at the hospital.
For the first few years of Senator O’Scanlon’s life, he lived in a home on the grounds of the state psychiatric hospital.
Later, O’Scanlon established a private practice in Red Bank. In 2010, he was presented with the Order of St. Brendan Navigator Award by the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick.
Born in Ireland, O’Scanlon was a graduate of St. Ignatius College and University College, both in Galway, Ireland. He served his internship at St. Mary’s Hospital in Waterbury, Connecticut.
He was predeceased by his wife, Ann, and son, David. In addition to his son, O’Scanlon is survived by his wife, Carol, son Sean, and daughter, Jennifer. He is also survived by several grandchildren.