Herndon, Reston Obituary: John David Farrell, Sr. MD, 79, Dies

Herndon, Reston Obituary: John David Farrell, Sr. MD, 79, Dies

On Sunday, Sept. 18, 2016, Dr. John David Farrell entered into peaceful rest after a long illness at home with his family at his bedside. He was born March 24, 1937, at Mercy Hospital in Pittsburgh, Pa.


Dr. John David Farrell

He is preceded in death by his father, Dr. Marcus E. Farrell and his mother, Mae Ann (Hurray) Farrell. His first wife, Carol (Aston) Farrell passed away in November 2015 in Raleigh, N.C. He is survived by his wife Nancy, brother Marcus E. Farrell Jr. (wife Ellen); father to John David Farrell Jr. (wife Kerry and grandchildren Victor, Patrick and David); Laura Farrell Page (husband Jeff and grandchildren, Carter, Natalie and Logan); Michael Farrell and Julene Farrell; stepfather to Cynthia Connell (husband Paul and grandchildren Brian and Kevin).

Originally from Clarksburg, W. Va., he is a 1955 graduate of Campion Jesuit High School, a Jesuit boarding school for boys in Prairie du Chien, Wis.; a 1959 graduate of the University of Notre Dame. He completed his medical training in 1965 after his internship at Medical College of Virginia, Richmond, and residency at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh; Member American Academy of Pediatrics.

After completing his medical training Dr. Farrell served in the U.S. Navy Medical Corps at the U. S. Naval Hospital, Pediatrics, Camp Lejeune, N.C. In 1968-69 he served in Vietnam pacification program as a Navy pediatric physician advisor II corps, Milphap Team N-4 in Nha Trang and Saigon treating plague, malaria and tuberculosis. After being discharged in 1969 he continued to serve in the U. S. Navy Reserves receiving an honorable discharge as Lieutenant Commander April 1975. He received the National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal and Vietnam Campaign Medal.

Following his tour in the military, in 1971 he moved to Reston, establishing Farrell Pediatrics in Hunters Woods Village Center. He served as a physician at Inova Fairfax and Reston Hospitals. In 1985 he moved his practice to Sunset Hills Professional Center. The practice still bears his name and continues to provide pediatric care to youth of Northern Virginia.

Family will receive guests 5-8 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 28 at Adams-Green Funeral Home, 721 Elden St., Herndon. Mass will be held 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29 at St. Thomas a’Becket Catholic Church, 1421 Wiehle Avenue, Reston. Reception to follow.

Information and condolences at www.adamsgreen.com