Obituary: Joseph A. Sergent
November 12, 2008
Dr. Joseph A. Sergent, 82, recently passed away at home following a long illness.
He was born in Jersey City, N.J. to Lyda and Joseph Sergent. He graduated from Seton Hall College, and received his MD from Georgetown University, Washington, D.C.
During WWII, he served with the U.S. Navy aboard a destroyer in the Pacific.
He practiced Internal Medicine in Rochester, N.Y. for many years, before moving to Summit County in 1982. During his years in Rochester, he also worked as a physician for the Catholic Medical Mission Board, spending time in Kenya, Haiti and Guatemala.
He hosted a TV show on health care in the Rochester area for one year, served as an officer for the New York State Physicians’ Union and testified before Congress several times on health care issues.
In the early ’80s, Joe worked part-time at the Summit Medical Center, then at Timberline Medical Center in Granby until his retirement in 1990. After retiring, he spent nine months as a locum tenens physician for the U.S. Indian Health Service in Claremore, Okla., as well as volunteering at an orphanage near Guadalajara, Mexico for a short time.
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He was a private pilot (AOPA member) and an avid skier, golfer and photographer. He also enjoyed tennis, fishing and camping.
In addition to his wife Maggie, he is survived by daughters Margi, Marie and Anne, all of Rochester, sons John of Marion, N.Y. and Michael of Colorado; a sister, Marie Bierman, New Hampshire, and seven grandchildren.
He is preceded in death by sons Stephen, Joseph and Christopher.
There will be a memorial mass at Our Lady of Peace Church, Dillon on Saturday, Nov. 15, at 1 p.m.