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Lawrence Mottley, MD

For those of you have not heard the news, over the weekend another great and wonderful EMS physician passed away, Dr. Lawrence “Larry” Mottley.  It is with a heavy heart that we forward you this information and offer our condolences to his family and friends during this time. Dr. Mottley was always a longtime advocate for quality patient care and the EMS provider. He always held a special place for EMS providers and worked to always make them better. In honoring his wife Joanne’s wishes the Council has set-up the Metropolitan Boston EMS Council Lawrence Mottley, M.D. Memorial EMS Fund. A link is being added to our website ( that will include a logo on the lower left side of the screen for those who wish to contribute to this fund. If you wish to make a donation before the link is added, you may text your donation to (781) 825-1119.


Dr. Mottley’s Obituary has been included below. Calling hours will be at the Marqusee Mottley home, 226 Prospect Street in NorthamptonTuesday, April 26, from 5 to 7 p.m.Czelusniak Funeral Home is handling the arrangements. A memorial service is being planned for Saturday, June 18, in the Boston area, at a place and time to be determined. Once we have more information regarding this, we will pass it on to you.


Again, the Region gives its heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of Dr. Mottley during this time.





Dr. Lawrence "Larry" Mottley (1950 - 2016)


NORTHAMPTON – Dr. Lawrence Mottley, MD, 66, died on Saturday, April 23, at Cooley Dickinson Hospital of complications from Parkinson's disease.
Larry had recently relocated from Lexington to Northampton with his wife Joanne Marqusee, the president and chief executive of Cooley Dickinson Healthcare.

Born in Plainfield, New Jersey, on March 17, 1950, Larry was the middle child of the late Bill and Alice Mottley. Larry had a long and distinguished career in medicine. Inspired by his time volunteering in the hospital where his mother died, Larry decided even before he went to college that he wanted to be an emergency room physician. He attended Ithaca College and received his medical degree from Rutgers University in New Jersey, completing his residency in emergency medicine in Toledo, Ohio, where he spent a fourth year as chief resident. He then became medical director of one of the first Life Flight helicopter services in the country.

Larry's passion for pre-hospital care and his support for hard-working paramedics and emergency medical technicians defined much of his career. After spending four years in the busy emergency department at University of Southern California's inner-city hospital in Los Angeles, Larry moved back to New York City (which he always loved), to serve as medical director of the city's Emergency Medical Services, the largest pre-hospital care system in the country. It was at NYC EMS where he met his future wife, Joanne Marqusee.

He then spent two years in Albany, New York in a variety of leadership positions in the New York State Department of Health, including serving as the first chair of the New York Statewide Trauma Committee. Simultaneously, he earned a master's degree in health administration from the 
University of Michigan.

Larry was recruited to lead Boston's Emergency Medical Services in 1992 and served as its director and medical director until 1999. He then worked at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center's emergency medicine department as a practicing physician and as the medical director of quality for the ER and its affiliated EMS services.

He was a faculty member of Harvard Medical School. He retired due to his Parkinson's in 2013. He won multiple awards throughout his career, including the New York State EMS Leaders of the Year in 1989 and the 2013 Metropolitan Boston EMS Council's Lifetime Achievement Award, given to an individual whose career and commitment to the field of EMS consistently demonstrated vision, leadership and dedication.

Larry was always driven by dedication to his patients and a commitment to serve all, especially the underserved. At work, he was rarely found in the doctors' lounge, preferring to spend time with first responders in the EMT lounge. He was proud to train residents and paramedics and was known as a tough teacher with high standards. His former students have cited his influence as a mentor and his profound impact on their passion for doing the right thing for patients.

Larry's quiet and humble demeanor hid an intellect and passion for culture. Those who knew him well cherished his deep and eclectic love of music – from opera to the Blues Brothers – his wry sense of humor, and his passion for Hershey's chocolate syrup. His children will always remember the years he read to them almost every night, covering the entire Narnia series and then reading all seven Harry Potter books aloud to them – twice. The light of Larry's life were his twin children Anthony (formerly Alison) and Lindsay, 23. He also leaves behind his wife, Joanne Marqusee (they were due to celebrate their 25th anniversary on June 1), his sister Pat and her husband Erhard; his brother Rick and his wife Janet; his siblings' children: Patrick, Kerry, Tara and Ciara; his step-mother Terry, and his great nieces: Zoe, Lily, Eliza and Logan. He also loved and was loved by Joanne's large family: brothers Mike (recently deceased) and Jeff, sisters Susan and Ellen, brothers-in-law Alan and Barry, sisters-in-law Liz and Deborah, and nieces and nephews Alex, Hannah, Becca, Margot, Rebecca, Sarah, Rachel, Izzy, Anna, Zac and Sophie.

Calling hours will be at the Marqusee Mottley home, 226 Prospect Street in NorthamptonTuesday, April 26, from 5 to 7 p.m.
Czelusniak Funeral Home is handling the arrangements. A memorial service is being planned for Saturday, June 18, in the Boston area, at a place and time to be determined.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: Metropolitan Boston EMS Council Lawrence Mottley, MD Memorial EMS Fund either through the website at or by texting (781) 825-1119.