Joseph M. O’Neil, 88, an obstetrician and gynecologist who practiced in Rockville for 30 years before retiring in 1987, died Nov. 13 of emphysema at a hospital in Sarasota, Fla.

His death was confirmed by a daughter, Mary Hom.

Joseph Michael O’Neil was born in Washington and graduated from Western High School in 1940. He was a 1943 graduate of Georgetown University and a 1947 graduate of Georgetown’s medical school. He did an internship and residency at Georgetown University Medical Center from 1947 to 1950.

He served in the Air Force and later as a staff obstetrician with Kaiser Permanente in Los Angeles before returning to this area in 1957 and beginning a private practice in Rockville.

Dr. O’Neil was a former chairman of the Montgomery County Gynecological Society and the OB/GYN department at Suburban Hospital in Bethesda. He was a former a trustee and chief of the medical staff at Holy Cross Hospital in Silver Spring.

After his retirement, he moved from Rockville to Hilton Head, S.C., and then to Sarasota about five years ago.

Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Irene Bartol O’Neil of Sarasota; eight children, Mary E. Hom of Gaithersburg, Dennis M. O’Neil of Hobart, N.C., Kathleen A. O’Neil of Cary, N.C., Margaret B. O’Neil of Sarasota, Kristine C. Heurich of Laurel, M. Marcella O’Neil of Germantown, Elizabeth A. O’Neil of Newport News and William J. O’Neil of Atlanta; and 16 grandchildren.

— Bart Barnes