Darrell P. Thorpe, M.D., former CEO of Tucson Medical Center, passed away October 3,\n2023, at TMC Hospice. On November 25, 2023, a private burial took place for the\nfamily.\nDarrell was born August 28, 1937 in York, Nebraska, but moved to Mount Pleasant,\nMichigan when he was 4 years old, where his parents were employed with Central\nMichigan University, and where he lived until he graduated from High School and\nentered the Army for military service, where he served in South Korea. Darrell believed\nthat his service in the Army was very formative in his development, for it was there that\nhe became involved in emergency services by serving as an ambulance driver. After years of military service, he returned to Central Michigan to attend college, further\ndeveloping his love for medicine by working in the local community hospital.\nHe attended Bowman Gray medical school of Wake Forest University in Winston-\nSalem, North Carolina, graduating number 1 in his class, with a focus in both pediatrics\nand emergency medicine. This was in the developmental years of emergency medicine\nas a specialty.\nHe began his medical career working in the student health system at Northern\nMichigan University in Marquette, and then moving to Plattsburg, NY where he\nestablished the first fulltime emergency room group in Plattsburg. He moved from\nthere to become chief of emergency medicine at Portland Maine Medical Center, and\nwas eventually recruited by Henry Ford Medical Center (after the 1967 riots), where he\nserved as chief of emergency medicine for several years.\nIn the early 1970s he joined Chi Systems as a consultant, with the goal of helping\nhealthcare systems improve efficiency and patient-focused care, which brought him to\nTucson where he consulted originally with St. Mary’s hospital, eventually becoming the\nhead of strategic planning. He was soon hired by Tucson Medical Center as the Senior\nVice President for Strategic Planning, and eventually became Chief Executive Officer of\nTMC in 1996, a position he held until he retired in 1998.\nIt was during the time that he worked at St. Mary’s hospital, that he met Madeline\nGallego, the love of his life, who was working at El Rio Health Center. They married in\n1976 and set about raising his four boys and also her son from a prior marriage, all five\nof whom they raised as their own.\nIn his retirement years, he and Madeline traveled extensively and his desire to improve\nhis use of the Spanish language led him to spend 2 months in Mexico in an immersive\nstudy of the language and culture. To continue using his language skills, he and\nMadeline would spend several months during the next five years in Mexico. He also\ntaught courses at the Eller School of Business at the University of Arizona, and wrote\nseveral novels.\n\nHe and Madeline continued to travel and remain active until the last few years of his life,\nwhen health reasons required that he remain in Tucson and eventually limited his\nactivities.\nHe was predeceased by his parents, sister and brother, but he is survived by five sons,\nJames Brian Roach, Jesse K. Thorpe, Kevin P. Thorpe, Clifford E. Thorpe, and Eric B.\nThorpe; 14 grandchildren, and 11 great grandchildren; together with many friends.\nHusband, father, grandfather, physician, healthcare executive, educator, writer avid\nsports fan, traveler and life-long student – a truly modern Renaissance man.