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Scholarship Fund Established in Memory of Sonography Mentor

Pictured left to right are Joseph J. Darby, Jr.; Lauren Darby (daughter),
Frances Darby (wife) and Patrick Darby (son).


Joseph J. Darby, Jr., a founder of the ultrasound program in the Department of Radiologic Sciences in the Jefferson School of Health Professions, died Sept. 10, 2012.

After establishing the ultrasound program with Barry B. Goldberg, MD, in the early 1980s, Darby was the chief technologist in the Division of Diagnostic Ultrasound in Jefferson’s Department of Radiology until he retired in 2011. “He was a very good organizer,” says colleague and friend Nandkumar Rawool, MD, RDMS, associate professor and program director of diagnostic medical sonography and cardiovascular sonography. “He was a liaison between doctors, technologists and researchers and always got people what they needed. He could take care of the needs of everyone, making sure machines were available when needed and that everything was in order.”

Beyond his ability to organize the sonography department’s numerous scanning rooms, Darby was known as a father figure by many students and new techs. “People would go to him for emotional support as well as professional needs,” Rawool says. “He cared so much about the department and everyone thought he was there for them. I’ve never seen so many people cry [as at his funeral].”

Before his passing, Darby asked his family to set up a scholarship fund to benefit Jefferson ultrasound students. Donations in his honor may be made to the Joseph J. Darby Memorial Scholarship Fund. Donate online by filling in the Jefferson Foundation's online giving form and indicating "Joseph J. Darby Memorial Scholarship Fund" in the designation comments.

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