Edward Geiser Dailey, M.D., died suddenly at his home in Bethany Village on July 2, 2018. He was born on May 5, 1933, in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Ed was the son of the late Gilbert L. and Helen G. Dailey.
Ed was a graduate of Princeton University in 1954, Hahnemann University School of Medicine in 1958, and he completed his residency training in Ophthalmology at Wills Eye Hospital in 1962. He served in the United States Navy Reserve from 1962-1964.
Ed practiced ophthalmology in Hershey and Harrisburg from 1962 until 1970, and in Camp Hill from 1970 until retirement in 2000. He was founder of Dailey Harvey Eye Associates in Camp Hill. He was an empathetic physician and provided care which went well beyond the scope of ophthalmology. He made a profound impression on his patients, many of whom remain with the practice and still ask for him decades after he last cared for them.
He was on staff at Harrisburg Hospital and Holy Spirit Hospital and he served as the Chairman of the Division of Ophthalmology at Harrisburg Hospital for more than a decade. He was a clinical assistant professor of Ophthalmology at The Milton S. Hershey Medical Center and a Senior Examiner for the American Board of Ophthalmology.
He cherished every moment of time he had with his wife, his five sons, daughters-in-law, and grandchildren. Second to family and profession, Ed's passion was tennis. He played varsity singles for Princeton University and achieved success in Pennsylvania, the Middle States Tennis Association and at a national level. He competed in the U.S. Open Tennis Tournament 11 times from 1952 to 1963 while simultaneously attending college, medical school, internship, and residency training.
Ed was a keen intellect had a passion for reading and history. He had a fine sense of humor and never turned down a good dessert! He was a dedicated sports fan and was especially fond of watching basketball, golf, and football. He was a role model and mentor to many younger ophthalmologists and tennis players in central Pennsylvania. For those who knew Ed Dailey, he will always be remembered for his patience, gentle nature, and his humility.
Ed is survived by his brother William, sister Mary Ann Jones, and his sister-in-law Carol. He is also survived by his sons Edward, John, Stephen, Gilbert, and David, married to Carol, Elizabeth, Kristin, Melissa, and Christine respectively. He is also survived by eleven awesome grandchildren. Ed was preceded in death by Rita, his loving wife of 52 years, and by Gilbert, his brother.
Visitation will be Sunday, July 8, 2018, from 4:00 to 6:00 PM at Neill Funeral Home, 3401 Market Street, Camp Hill, Pennsylvania. Mass of Christian Burial will be conducted Monday, July 9, 2018 at 10:30 AM at Good Shepherd Catholic Church, 3435 East Trindle Road, Camp Hill. Interment will be in Holy Cross Cemetery, Harrisburg.
Published on Pennlive.com and in The Patriot-News on July 5, 2018
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