For Respiratory Care
Douglas Albright MEd, RRT
Douglas C. Albright, 56, of Downingtown died Wednesday, July 20, 2016 at Brandywine Hospital. He was the husband of Anne M. Siciliano for 30 years and the father of daughter Lindsay and son Evan. Doug was employed as the Director of Respiratory Care at Penn State Health-St. Joseph’s Medical Center, Reading. He was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church and sang in the church choir. Doug was a member of PSRC, enjoyed cooking and music; and loved his family as well as his beloved dog, “Casey”. Below is a tribute from long time friend Yvonne Lamme MHA, MEd, RRT.
Doug Albright came into my life as a student applicant for the Bryn Mawr Hospital Respiratory Care Program. After graduation, he was hired into the respiratory care department at Bryn Mawr Hospital. I then hired him as clinical coordinator of the West Chester University/Bryn Mawr Hospital Respiratory Care Program where we spent about 10 years working together. Doug touched the lives of many, many students and helped them become the professionals they are today. Many of them kept in touch with him over the years via Facebook. Along the way he met and married Anne, the administrative assistant in the respiratory department with whom he had two children, Lindsay and Evan.
Doug moved on to become the Director of Respiratory Therapy at Saint Josephs Hospital in Reading where he worked for 15 years until the time of his passing. He touched many lives here as well and he incorporated respiratory therapy into all aspects of his life. At his memorial service, the words "respiratory therapy" were said many times.
Doug was very involved with the Pennsylvania Society for Respiratory Care (PSRC). He volunteered his time on many society committees and served on the PSRC Board of Directors as a District Director, Vice President and President. He and Anne were on the bus when the Society sponsored a trip to Washington DC to lobby for our profession. This trip was memorable for many because it was right after 9/11 terrorist attacks. He was on another other bus trip too when the Society sponsored a trip to Ohio for the AARC International Conference. He never forgave me for that “short” trip! He, Anne and the kids participated in many other PSRC activities and events.
Doug was the picture of professionalism. He was loved by many because of his sincere personality. He was just a good soul. People who knew him have many stories about his big heart and many other stories about the pranks he played on those around him. He was funny and always had a warm smile. He will be missed by many, many people including me. He was a very special person in my life.