Dr. Daniel D. Laroche was born on February 7, 1932 in Jacmel, Haiti. He was the son of Pauline Denis and Clautere Laroche. He was the youngest of the children that included brothers Andre, Leon, Elie and Aristide Laroche and sisters Genese and Sylvie Laroche. His father died before he was born. He grew up in a large family with a single mom. There were many financial struggles at home and in a country with a struggling economy, high unemployment, and limited economic opportunities. He would often work hard at the local coffee fields and other odd jobs. In schooled he learned about Napoleon Bonaparte who stated, “My decision to destroy the authority of the blacks in Saint Dominque (Haiti) is not so much based on considerations of commerce and money, as on the need to block forever the march of the blacks in the world”. He also learned about Tousaint L’overture a national hero of Haiti who defeated Napoleon but was subsequently kidnapped deceitfully and stated. “In overthrowing me, you have cut only the trunk of the tree of liberty. It will spring up again for its roots are numerous and deep”. This education always stuck with Daniel. He was very bright and studious and graduated from Université d'État d'Haïti (UEH) medical school in Haiti. He migrated to Montreal, Canada and did his residency in Internal Medicine at the hospital Notre Dame. While training he met and fell in love with Lise Beaulieu and got married. Despite his intelligence and becoming Chief resident at the hospital since he was not a Canadian citizen to practice in Canada, he was told he would have to work as a Chief resident for 5 additional years. He was not happy about this and felt he was being taken advantage of and exploited. Learning about the shortage and need for Anesthesiologists in the US he learned English and moved to New York City and to pursue fairer opportunities and started another residency in Anesthesiology at Mount Sinai Hospital. He was one of the first Blacks in the Anesthesiology residency at Mount Sinai. He then became board certified in Anesthesiology. After he left Canada the residency at L’Hopital Notre Dame changed their policy of abusing foreign doctors with extended residencies.
Daniel worked at Jamaica Hospital in New York City for 25 years as an Anesthesiologist, a profession he loved. He was on the front lines addressing health disparities and saving lives from gunshot wounds, drug abuse and domestic violence and health disparities during the turbulent times of the 1970’s, 80’s and 90’s in Queens, New York. He then retired and moved to Dania Beach where he called home for over 23 years. Throughout his life he achieved his childhood dream of traveling around the world. He further observed ongoing racial healthcare disparities in the Caribbean, Africa and around the world. He supported addressing this via remittances, charitable causes, and mentoring. He loved classical music, reading, finance and inspired by Toussaint L'Overture and Martin Luther King always trying to make the world a better place. He was married 55 years with his beloved wife Lise. Daniel will be remembered for his commitment to academic excellence, integrity, humor, patience, and class. They had three children; Daniel, Josee, and Manon all of whom became successful professionals with his guidance and emphasis on higher education.
We have started this scholarship in memory of Dr. Daniel D. Laroche for a Black, Afro-Latino, or Native American medical school student interested in Anesthesiology who is committed to academic excellence, addressing health disparities, research, leadership, and innovation. Only 3% of Anesthesiologists are Black despite the fact at 12% of the American population is Black. Dr. Laroche Sr. always was concerned about this health disparity and delivering excellent healthcare to all. I am inviting friends, colleagues, and industry like you to support this campaign to assist with a grassroots effort to endow this scholarship. Thank you in advance for your support.
Daniel Laroche MD Jr.
You can also make a check payable to:
National Medical Fellowships (Daniel Denis Laroche Sr. MD Scholarship)
P.O. Box 3875
New York, NY 10163