RYE, N.Y. — Rye native Dr. Brendan Patrick Kelly died Wednesday, May 25. He was 49.
Known as “Beeks” to his childhood friends, he grew up in Rye, where he began his lifetime of teaching as a sailing instructor at the Durland Scout Center.
He then went on to receive his bachelor’s degree from Swarthmore College in 1989.
Kelly earned his medical degree from SUNY Stony Brook in 1994 and completed his residency training in internal medicine and pediatrics at the University of Rochester in 1998.
At the time of his death, he was a pediatric hospitalist at Baystate Children’s Hospital and served for the past 18 years as the associate director of the Medicine-Pediatric Residency Program.
Kelly earned 19 medical student teaching awards throughout his career and was the founder and director of the first and only national conference for Med-Peds physicians.
Kelly is survived by his wife of 17 years, Lisa (Taylor); and their children Duncan, Ian, Meghan and Rowan. He also is survived by his brother, Christopher Kelly and his wife, Jeanne Craig, as well as their children, Kyle and Lauren; and sisters Eileen Kelly and Carolyn Kelly and her husband, Jack Podgurski.
Kelly was predeceased by his parents, Michael J. and Barbara J. (Trigger) Kelly.
A memorial service will be conducted at 1 p.m. Saturday at the First Church of Christ, 763 Longmeadow St., Longmeadow, Mass.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Brendan Kelly Family Memorial Trust, c/o Berkshire Bank, 138 Longmeadow St., Longmeadow, MA 01106.