Obituary: Rev. Richard E. Senghas, MD

Rev. Richard E. Senghas, MD

SCARBOROUGH – The Reverend Richard E. Senghas, MD, 94, a resident of the Piper Shores community in Scarborough, died September 10, 2022 of natural causes. He lived an extraordinary life – a loving husband, father of seven, respected orthopedic surgeon and, in his later years, a Catholic priest.

Richard was born on June 30, 1928 in Cleveland, Ohio, the son of Erwin William Senghas and Lydia Mueller Senghas. His devoted wife, June Murray Seng, predeceased him in 1993. He graduated from Lakewood High School in Lakewood, Ohio, Harvard College (1950), and Harvard Medical School (1954).

In January 1955, he married Gertrude (June) Murray, a classmate from medical school. Together they began their internships in Cleveland. They soon left for Japan where Dick was a naval medical officer in Yokosuka and June worked as a pediatrician at the military base in Yokohama. They returned to Cleveland to complete their internships and settled in the Boston area where Dick continued his medical training in orthopedic surgery at Children’s Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital. In 1963 he joined Framingham Orthopedic Associates, a private orthopedic surgery practice affiliated with Framingham Union Hospital (now MetroWest Medical Center) and moved with his growing family to Hopkinton. Dick also served as chairman of the medical staff at Framingham Union Hospital, attending physician at Bethany Hospital, and clinical instructor at the University of Massachusetts Medical School at Worcester. He joined the editorial board of the Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery, volunteered for the Hopkinton Board of Health, and retired from orthopedic surgery in 1988.

After June’s death, Dick entered Pope St. John XXIII National Seminary in Weston, Mass. and served as an intern chaplain at Wellesley College and Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston, Maine. In 1998, at the age of 70, he was ordained a Catholic priest for the Diocese of Maine, serving in St. John the Evangelist and Holy Cross parishes in South Portland and St. Rose of Lima in Jay. He retired, first to Orrs Island and later to Piper Shores in Scarborough. Dick has served as an ecumenical and interfaith affairs officer for the Catholic Diocese of Portland, a board member for the Maine Council of Churches, and an enthusiastic director of the Piper Shores croquet tournaments. His perspective as both a doctor and a priest prepared him to be an attorney in Augusta, testifying on important legislative issues including climate change and Medicaid expansion. In March 2013, he told lawmakers, “Catholic teaching is that health care is a basic right, and that there should be adequate and affordable health care for everyone, for everyone.

He is survived by seven children, Catherine Senghas and her husband Steven Jackson of Jamaica Plain, Mass., Ellen Senghas and her husband Mark Kassis of Southampton, Mass., Margaret Senghas Gibbons and her husband Robert Gibbons of Lexington, Mass., Richard J. Senghas and wife Tina Poles of Cotati, California, John T. Senghas and wife Audrey Senghas of Bloomdale, Ohio, Peter Senghas and wife Kellie Thibodeau Senghas of Acton, Mass., and Ann Senghas and husband Samuel Bogoch of New York. He leaves 13 grandchildren, Michael Jackson, Lara Jackson, Erin Kassis, Emily Kassis, Molly Gibbons Golinvaux, Will Gibbons, Annie Gibbons, Ursula Senghas-Poles, Shawn Denny, Eileen Ward, Jacob Senghas, Samuel Senghas and June Bogoch. He also leaves seven great-grandchildren. His twin brother, Reverend Robert E. Senghas of Burlington, Vt. predeceased him in June 2022.

The family would like to thank and honor the compassionate care team at Piper Shores.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Reception of the Body and the Liturgy of the Hours at 3 p.m. on Thursday, September 15, 2022 at St. Maximilian Kolbe’s Church, 150 Black Point Road, Scarborough. Reverend Senghas will remain in state at the church until 6 p.m. A concelebrated funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Friday, September 16, 2022 at St. Maximilian Kolbe Church with the Most Reverend Robert P. Deeley, JCD, as the principal officiant. Interment will be at 11 a.m. on Monday, September 19 at Glenwood Cemetery, 50 Glenwood Road, South Natick, Mass.

Arrangements are under the direction of Conroy-Tully Walker Funeral Home of South Portland. To view Reverend Senghas’ memorial page or to share a condolence online, please visit Memorial Gifts

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