Time & Eternity: Kevin Dolehide, DO '78

DolehideDr. Kevin Dolehide’s ’78 decision to attend Marist High School was an easy one.  “My brother [Brian ‘77] was there ahead of me so it just seemed natural that I would follow him,” Kevin said.  “It was close to home and had a good reputation.”

A gastroenterologist at MetroSouth Medical Center in Blue Island, Kevin still lives in the neighborhood with his wife Mary and their three children Kate ’13, Ellie ’15 and Kevin ’19.  The family of RedHawks will welcome one more when his daughter Kate ties the knot in January to Daniel Slisz '13.  

“We are so proud of our kids and all that they have accomplished already,” Kevin said.  “We owe a lot to Marist High School.  The faculty, coaches and staff at Marist work with parents to help their children grow spiritually as well as academically.  That was very important to us as a family.”

Kevin has really enjoyed watching his children grow up at Marist as it has allowed him to stay connected to the school.  Whether it was watching Kate cheer on the RedHawks, rising bright and early for swim meets with Ellie or catching one of his son’s tennis matches, Kevin only has to close his eyes to recall his glory days as a Marist athlete.

“Funny enough, I played tennis for a year and quit because I didn’t get a lot of playing time,” Kevin recalled.  “My son just picked it up and really took to it.”

Kevin also ran cross country and track for a season and played two years with the football team.  “To say I played might be a stretch,” Kevin joked. “I was the Rudy of Marist!”  In two years, Kevin only played in one game – the final five minutes of the last game of his senior year.

While he may not have excelled on the field, he did shine in the science department.  Taking after his dad and uncle – both physicians – Kevin loved science and especially enjoyed Brother Robert Conley’s chemistry class.  Kevin was inspired by Brother Conley, who received his doctorate in chemistry from Brown University. 

Kevin also fondly remembers Brother Hank Hammer, Brother Kevin Moran and Brother Rich Grenier – “inspiring guys who walked the walk and talked the talk.”  He also recalls the late Al Brazen, who was the dean of discipline while he was at Marist.  “Mr. Brazen was strict, but he was a great guy,” Kevin said.  “I’ll never forget walking into school and Mr. Brazen greeting us to make sure we were dressed appropriately.” 

When he’s not taking care of his patients or spending time with family, Kevin enjoys playing golf.  Although he doesn’t get out as much as he likes, he never misses the Marist Endowment Classic.  He also serves on the advisory board of Catholic Charities, is a member of Opus Dei, and is the president of Port Ministries, which offers free services and resources to south side Chicago residents in need of assistance. 

“I am humbled to receive the Time and Eternity Award,” Kevin said.  “Marist means a lot to me and my family.  It’s like a second home, a family tradition.”