Remembering Dr. John Orie 

      Dr. John R. Orie passed away peacefully on June 25, surrounded by his family and loved ones. He was a lifelong resident of Allegheny County and a 60-year parishioner of Saint Aidan Catholic Church, formerly Saint Alexis. Dr. Orie’s deep Catholic faith was the foundation of his life, and he attended daily Mass, was a Eucharistic Minister until he was 97 years old and lived his faith life every day. 

      Dr. Orie was born and raised in the Polish Hill section of Pittsburgh. He graduated from the University of Pittsburgh and the University of Pittsburgh Medical College. Doc Orie was a 55-year pioneer physician with UPMC Passavant hospital when it was first located in the Hill District of Pittsburgh when it was formerly called Passavant Hospital. He was a family physician. When Doc retired 25 years ago, his office visits were five dollars, and he still made house calls. He encouraged everyone in the community to get the health care they needed. If they could not afford it, he told his patients not to worry about paying him and provided free medical care. 

      On his days off (Thursdays), he would take a handful of the Orie kids to the inner-city schools, communities and clinics, where he would provide free health care to those who could not afford it.  

       The Orie children thought their father was amazing because he spent this quality time with his kids as busy as he was. Dr. Orie volunteered to do physicals throughout his medical career for athletes attending inner-city schools and at North Catholic High School for its football and basketball teams. He also volunteered to be the team doctor for the Duquesne University football team. In 1996, Dr. Orie came out of retirement to work in his late daughter, Dr. Judith Orie’s (nuclear cardiologist) medical office.    

      In May, Doc celebrated his 99th Birthday with a “Neighborhood Birthday Parade” on Montgomery Road where he resided for 67 years. He received official proclamations from former President Donald Trump, Senator Patrick Toomey, Congressman Conor Lamb, PA State Senator Lindsey Williams; PA House of Representatives Rob Mercuri, Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald, Allegheny County Councilwoman Cynthia Kirk, City of Pittsburgh Councilman Corey O’Connor and Bishop David Zubik honoring his milestone 99th birthday and for being a “community hero.”  

       On May 10, Dr. Orie received the distinguished lifelong McCandless Citizen Award of Recognition by the McCandless Township Council. In addition, on May 11, UPMC Passavant Hospital President Susan Hoolahan and Passavant Foundation Chair, Dr. Daniel R. Sullivan honored Dr. Orie with an official proclamation for his outstanding medical contribution to the medical community and the community at large, as a physician for well over 55 years, and as a “pioneer physician” at UPMC Passavant. Finally, the University of Pittsburgh and the University of Pittsburgh Medical School jointly honored Dr. Orie as a distinguished alumnus. 

       The Pittsburgh Penguins honored Dr. Orie with an official Penguins jersey with the number 99 and his name, Dr. Orie, on the jersey’s back.         

     Dr. Orie and the late, Jean Lally Orie had nine children and 17 grandchildren. May he rest in peace!