Joseph Enright, a native New Jerseyan, was born in 1959 at Holy Name Hospital in Teaneck, and lived in Lodi until his family settled in Oakland. He attended Catholic schools and graduated high school at Don Bosco Prep in 1977. Always an excellent student, his goal was to attend Bucknell University—the only college he applied to—where he received his BS in Chemistry and began a master’s degree in Biology. In 1982, he was accepted to medical school at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. Dr. Enright finished his residency in Internal Medicine in 1989 at Mount Sinai.
Before leaving for college, Joe met his future wife Kathy when he was just 17 years old. Love at first sight! A dedicated family man, Joe and Kathy had two beautiful children. Dr. Enright was also deeply religious, an outdoorsman, and an avid reader.
An Eagle Scout as a young man, he grew to love golf, Ultimate Frisbee, swimming and biking. He was also a birdwatcher and could identify any bird just by its call. He shared time outdoors with his family, including fishing with his dad and hiking with his mom. Joe loved to read and his ongoing learning served him well; he was a quick-witted fan of Jeopardy, often getting the answers before the contestants.
In his medical career, Dr. Enright was an internal medicine physician with the Summit Health (formerly Summit Medical Group). He was devoted to his patients and always brought joy to everything he did. He was a great colleague, team player, organizer and trusted friend.
Dr. Enright died of malignant melanoma on August 15, 1996 in his home surrounded by those who loved him, at the age of 37.