Jacqueline LaLonde Darcey, Class of 1985
Jacqueline LaLonde Darcey, M.D., a 1985 Rush-Henrietta graduate, is an attending physician at Morristown Medical Center in New Jersey. She has made her mark by providing the less fortunate with health care and teaching a new generation of medical professionals.
Jacquie attended Old Dominion University, majoring in biology. She graduated with honors and began her career as a research and development scientist for Hoffman-LaRoche, a New Jersey-based pharmaceutical company.
With her love of science in mind, Jacquie enrolled in medical school at the State University of New York at the Health Sciences Center at Brooklyn. She did her Internal Medicine residency at Morristown Medical Center, an affiliate of Columbia University. There, she received the Lester A. Granet Humanitarian Award, recognizing her compassionate approach to patient care.
In 2003, Jacquie was named Associate Program Director of the Internal Medicine Residency Program at Morristown Medical Center. Working with patients regardless of their health insurance, she takes great pride in caring for the indigent and their special primary care needs. “It can be a challenge in many ways, she says,” but seeing patients know you care when no one else has ever made them feel that way is incredible.”
Jacquie continues to advance her knowledge of academic medicine by participating in national academic societies, and regularly shares her knowledge with medical students, residents and other health care professionals.
Jacquie credits two high school science teachers, Bob Patton and Linda Jean Smith, with fostering her love for science, and recalls Terri Mathews-Desant and Wayne Scarborough as teachers who helped her become a better, well-rounded person.
In her personal time, Jacquie leads a community-minded lifestyle. She sings in a chamber choir, participates in a church youth ministry outreach program, and has helped raise money and awareness to combat homelessness. She also organized hurricane relief collections for those affected by Hurricane Sandy. A triathlete, Jacquie plans to assist a person with special needs to achieve his or her dream of running a road race or participating in a biathlon or triathlon.
Jacquie lives in New Jersey with her husband, John, and two children, MacKenzie and Griffin.