(1918-2002), physician and founder of the Irish-Argentine
Society of New York, was born on
1 June 1918 in Buenos Aires,
the third son of Juan
José Dolan (1887-1970) of Capilla del Señor, and María Julia
Kehoe (1888-1969) of San Pedro. His elder brothers Luis
(1921-2000), Guillermo (1927-1974), and Heriberto (b.1923) were
Roman Catholic priests.
Dolan graduated in 1947 at the Medical School of the University
of Buenos Aires, being one of his fellow students Ernesto
[Che] Guevara. Dr. Dolan
worked at the British Hospital
and Ramos Mejía Hospital of Buenos Aires. In 1951, he
settled in the United States, and worked as resident doctor in
the East Orange Hospital in New Jersey. Dolan then worked
in diverse health centres in Irvington, where he settled
after marrying Judy Mahon in 1932.
They had ten children. In 1953, Mario Dolan went back to Argentina
to install one of the first radio-cardiometres in the country, but decided
to go back to the US owing to his disagreement with the Peronist rule. He resumed his medical career
in other US American hospitals, and followed graduate
studies. Dolan became the family doctor of the small village
of Irvington, New York, and during three generations its
inhabitants could appreciate his professional care and
his tireless efforts to improve the life conditions in
Irvington. Some months before his death,
Dr. Dolan was appointed honorary citizen of Irvington.
In his old age, he implemented social strategies to fight
against drug-addiction and other sicknesses. In 1990,
together with his brothers Fr Luis and Eileen, his daughter
Julie, his nephew Memo Richards, and others, he founded
the Irish-Argentine Society of New York. Every 17 March
he was to be seen at the head of the New York St. Patrick's
Dolan began playing rugby at Club Atlético San
Isidro (CASI), and was one of the founder members of San
Isidro Club. In 1936, being the captain of the fourth
division team, he won the national championship. At
seventeen, Mario Dolan wrote a record of his
participation in rugby teams in 1934-1936, including an account
of the establishment of SIC in 1935. During his trips
back to Argentina from the United States, it was frequent to see
him in his club's stand, talking with senior and young rugbiers.
Dolan also became a passionate golf player and continued
playing up to his death. Dr. Dolan was a frequent
contributor of the
died on 4 October 2002 in Irvington, New York.
Coghlan, Eduardo A., Los Irlandeses en la Argentina: Su
Actuación y Descendencia (Buenos Aires, 1987), p.
- The Southern Cross (Buenos Aires, November 2000).