August 24, 2013
Jon J. O’Brien
priest and psychiatrist

The Rev. Jon J. O’Brien, a Jesuit priest for five decades and a psychiatrist who taught at Georgetown University for more than 25 years, died July 31 at Georgetown University Hospital in Washington. He was 87.

The cause was endocarditis, a heart infection, said the executor of his will, Fr. James Casciotti.

Father O’Brien, a Washington resident, was a psychiatry professor at Georgetown University’s medical school and hospital from 1979 to 1994. From 1981 to 1994, he served as the medical school’s associate dean of students. He then moved to Vatican City to work as a staff psychiatrist at Pontifical North American College.

In 2000, he returned to Washington and worked as a clinical associate professor of psychiatry at Georgetown Medical Center until his retirement in 2011. He also worked as a professor at Catholic University’s Theological College from 2000 until 2007.

Jon Joseph O’Brien was born in Philadelphia and was a 1946 graduate of Dartmouth College in New Hampshire. He received a law degree from Yale University in 1950 and a graduate degree in philosophy from Loyola Seminary in Shrub Oak, N.Y., in 1958. He became an ordained priest in 1963 at the old Woodstock College in Maryland.

He received a doctorate in sacred theology from Pontifical Gregorian University in 1967 and a doctorate from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1975.

Early in his career, Father O’Brien was a professor at what is now Loyola University in Baltimore and St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia.

He was a diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and a fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. He did volunteer work at the Georgetown Medical School and offered a weekend pastoral ministry, most recently at St. Katharine Drexel mission in Haymarket, Va.

He had no immediate survivors.

— Megan McDonough

Henry J. Sazima
oral and maxillofacial surgeon

Henry J. Sazima, a retired Navy dental corps oral and maxillo­facial surgeon who later became the executive director of the Academy of Dentistry International in Washington, died July 12 at Arleigh Burke Pavilion, an assisted-living facility in McLean. He was 85.

The cause was renal failure and complications from a stroke in 2003, said his daughter, Holly Davani.

Dr. Sazima, a Bethesda resident, served in the Navy’s Reserve Dental Corps for 33 years. He enlisted in the Navy in 1948 and served two tours in Vietnam.

In the early 1980s, he served as the assistant deputy chief of the dental division of the Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery in Washington and he was the director of the resources division at the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations in Washington. His last active-duty assignment was deputy commander of the readiness and logistics division at the Bethesda Naval Medical Command before he retired as a rear admiral in 1987.

He then became the executive director of the Academy of Dentistry International’s Washington office. He retired in 2000 and continued to serve as director emeritus until 2003.

Henry John Sazima received a bachelor’s degree in 1948 and a dental degree in 1953 from what became Case Western Reserve University in his native Cleveland. In 1969, he received a master’s in education from what is now Chapman University in Orange, Calif., and moved to Bethesda in 1980.

His military honors included two awards of the Legion of Merit, two awards of the Meritorious Service Medal, a Joint Service Commendation Medal, and two Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medals.

Dr. Sazima was a clinical associate professor emeritus at Georgetown University, where he taught oral and maxillofacial surgery at the school’s dental school and medical center from 1988 until 1992. He received professional awards from the Academy of Dentistry International and was a diplomate of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. In 2003, he moved from Bethesda to McLean.

His marriage, to Carol Watson, ended in divorce.

Survivors include a daughter, Holly Davani of Hunt Valley, Md.; a brother; and two grandchildren.

— Megan McDonough

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