W. Patrick Monaghan


With deep sorrow we announce that W. Patrick Monaghan, Ph.D., 76, of Yulee, Florida died on Thursday, September 24, 2020.

He was raised in Ashtabula, Ohio, and enlisted in the U.S. Navy and trained as a medical corpsman when he was 17 years old. He was stationed at various Naval Hospitals, Dispensaries and naval amphibious units including the USS Terrebonne Parish (LST 1156) and the Inshore Undersea Warfare Unit, Team 21, Little Creek Naval Amphibious Base, Virginia. He served with the Marine Corps as a Fleet Marine Corpsman for 4 years. He received a commission as an officer in 1969 in the Medical Service Corps as a biomedical scientist.

For 15 continuous months he served in S. Vietnam, attached to the III Marine Amphibious Force, 1st Marine Division and the USS Sanctuary (AH 17) as a blood bank and clinical laboratory officer providing vital blood transfusion products and laboratory tests in support of combat casualties. He was later stationed at the Naval Hospital in Charleston, SC, the Naval ROTC Unit at University of Toledo, Toledo, OH and earned both a Master�s degree in Immunology and a Doctorate degree in Hematology from Bowling Green State University.

He then was then assigned to the National Naval Medical Center (NNMC) in Bethesda, Maryland. For 10 years he was the Director of the Blood Bank and Transfusion Service at NNMC and was active in teaching physicians, nurses, biomedical and laboratory scientists. He also developed a viable clinical research program which benefited many. Later he became more engrossed in health education and was assigned to the Uniformed Services University, School of Medicine as the Assistant Dean for Graduate and Continuing Education. After retiring from active duty, he returned to the Uniformed Services University and assisted in the establishment and development of the Graduate School of Nursing where he taught Pathophysiology. He relocated to Florida and continued to teach as a Professor and do clinical research in graduate anesthesia programs at Florida International University and the University of North Florida. He was offered a position as Professor and Director of Research at the University of Florida, College of Medicine, Anesthesiology Department where he continued to teach for an additional 9 years before retiring.

Dr. Monaghan was inducted into the Distinguished Alumni of both Old Dominion University and Bowling Green State University. He was awarded several military awards for service, combat and campaign involvements, including the Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal with bronze star, Department of Defense Commendation Medal, Navy Commendation Medal for heroic achievement and many others. In 2008, twenty years after his military retirement, he was only the third recipient of the Department of Defense, Lifetime Achievement Award for sustained exceptional contributions over a comprehensive period to the Armed Services Blood Program.

His research resulted in the publication of over 100 scientific reports and several hundred regional and national presentations. His hobbies included boating, pleasure reading (4-6 novels per week) and solving crossword puzzles. In retirement he devoted considerable time to veterans� service groups. He was the chairman of the Veterans Council for Nassau County for 4 years. He was a mentor in the Veterans Treatment Court and an active member of the Vietnam Veterans of America, VFW, DAV, American Legion, AMVETS, and Military Officers Association of America. In 2010 he was recognized by his hometown and was inducted into the Hall of Fame from Harbor High School in Ashtabula, Ohio, for professional and personal accomplishments.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Paul and June, two brothers, Daniel and Charles, and a sister Frances. He is survived by his loving wife, Mary Gustafson, and children Mr. Ian (Marla Dedmon) Monaghan and Dr. Erin �Mimi� Monaghan, granddaughter Bronwyn Ella Monaghan-Keys, grandson Liam Patrick Monaghan and another grandson on the way.

Dr. Monaghan will be inurned at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, please contribute to Vietnam Veterans of America or the veterans� group of your choice that provides essential support to those who have served.