Barbara E. O’Brien

September 14, 1934 - November 6, 2017

Barbara Ellen O’Brien, 83, a Ft. Myers, FL resident since 2009, formerly of New York City and Shelter Island Heights, NY passed away Monday, November 6, 2017 in Ft. Myers, FL. She was born September 14, 1934 in Brooklyn, NY to Raymond and Adelaide O’Brien, now deceased.

After graduating The College of New Rochelle, Barbara attended The Sorbonne University in Paris and The University of Leuven in Belgium. She graduated with a M.A. in Philosophy and Doctorate in Medicine.

Barbara completed her residency at St. Vincent’s Hospital in 1967 and retired May 1, 2002 having been an Attending Physician for over 30 years. She served with distinction in a number of positions, including Inpatient Unit Chief, Outpatient Service Chief, Chief of Hospital Consultation Program, as well as Chairman of Quality Assurance Committee. In addition to being an outstanding clinician, she was an exemplary teacher, supervisor and mentor to countless medical students, residents and junior faculty members.

She is survived by her two loving brothers, Raymond O’Brien (Heidi) of Ft. Myers, FL and Gerald O’Brien of New York, NY; one nephew Raymond A. O’Brien (Elizabeth) of Orlando, FL; one niece Marlene Hayes (Patrick) of Darien, CT; one great nephew Michael O’Brien; as well as two great nieces, Emily and Megan Hayes.

No formal services are planned at this time.

Memorial Contributions in memory of Barbara Ellen O’Brien are suggested to the Alzheimer’s Association, Florida Gulf Coast Chapter, 14010 Roosevelt Boulevard, #709, Clearwater, FL 33762 or online at

Mullins Memorial Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ft. Myers, is entrusted with final care.


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