James Morgan O'Donoghue, 62, a Washington area internist and former teacher at Georgetown University Medical School, died May 13 of complications from Alzheimer's disease at a hospital in Normandy, France. He was a Bethesda resident.
Dr. O'Donoghue, known as Morgan, spent much of his career in the District. He was born in Washington and graduated from Gonzaga College High School in 1960 and from Spring Hill College in Mobile, Ala., in 1964. He graduated cum laude from Georgetown University School of Medicine in 1968. While at Georgetown, he was elected to Alpha Omega Alpha, a medical honor society, and received the Pathology Award at graduation.
After medical school, he interned at Georgetown University Hospital and completed a residency at the University of California, San Francisco. He received a fellowship in infectious diseases at the University of Washington in Seattle, where he published numerous articles in peer-review journals.
From 1973 to 1975, he served in the Air Force at Andrews Air Base.
He began his private practice in 1975 and was affiliated with Georgetown University and Sibley Memorial hospitals. Consistently named among the area's "Top Doctors" by Washingtonian magazine, his patients included Elizabeth Taylor, Henry Fonda and members of Congress.
From 1990 to 1999, he practiced with his wife, Dr. Nancy Gallagher O'Donoghue of Bethesda, who specializes in cosmetic dentistry.
He was on the teaching staff at Georgetown University Medical School from 1985 to 1999, instructing second-year students in physical diagnosis.
He received a medal from Georgetown Hospital for outstanding service.
He relinquished his teaching post and practice in 1999 because of illness.
Dr. O'Donoghue was a voracious reader; he especially enjoyed history books. He enjoyed gardening at his Bethesda home and spending time at a family beach house in Corolla, N.C. An avid basketball fan, he was an active member of the Hoya Hoop Club.
Survivors include his wife of 36 years; three children, Dr. J. Morgan O'Donoghue of Sarasota, Fla., Mary Adrienne Sion of Chambois, France, and Mary Coleman O'Donoghue of Bethesda; and a brother.