John J. Doyle, 85, counselor for archdiocese

December 13, 2003

John J. Doyle, a former head of counseling for the Archdiocese of Baltimore and an adjunct professor at Loyola College, died of prostate cancer Dec. 6 at an assisted-living facility in Drexel Hill, Pa. The former Towson resident was 85.

Mr. Doyle was born and raised in Philadelphia and was a graduate of the Maryknoll Seminary in Scranton, Pa. He earned his bachelor's degree from St. Joseph University in Philadelphia and a master's degree in counseling from Loyola College.

He served in the infantry during World War II, landing at Normandy on D-Day and later fighting in the Battle of the Bulge. He also participated in the capture of the Remagen Bridge, which allowed Allied forces to cross the Rhine River into Germany.

Mr. Doyle worked as a salesman in Philadelphia before moving to Baltimore. He was an adjunct professor of psychology from 1966 to 1970. He was head of counseling for the Archdiocese of Baltimore from 1970 to 1980.

In 1992, he moved from Towson to Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., and recently had lived in Paoli, Pa.

Mr. Doyle was a longtime volunteer and coach with the Special Olympics.

He was married for 46 years to the former Elizabeth Edgette, who was assistant to the dean of students at Loyola College. She died in 1992.

A memorial Mass will be offered at 11 a.m. today at St. Norbert Roman Catholic Church in Paoli.

Mr. Doyle is survived by his wife of three years, the former Donna Terry; a son, Kevin Doyle of Elkridge; a daughter, Eileen D. Javers of New York; and four grandchildren.

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