Family, community mourns death of Rochester doctor

Dr. Ellen Volpe sits with her husband Johnny McIntyre and their two boys. (Photo: Family)

Rochester, N.Y. (WHAM) - The medical communities of Rochester and Buffalo are mourning alongside the family of a Rochester doctor who was killed in a crash Thursday morning.

Dr. Ellen Volpe was killed in a 5-vehicle crash on the NYS Thruway while driving toward Buffalo.

The Volpe and McIntyre families issued a joint statement on behalf of everyone in the families.

"We are deeply saddened by the passing of our beloved Ellen. She was an incredible wife, mother, daughter and sister. We will miss her energy, compassion, intelligence, humor and grace; she brought lightness and love to all the lives she touched. She was an important scholar, leading research on the intersections of trauma, substance use disorders, and post-traumatic stress disorder in urban youth, partnering with the Center for Youth. As an Assistant Professor at SUNY Buffalo, she was an inspiration to her students and fellow faculty. She was actively engaged in the Rochester community, spending countless hours mentoring young people through Camp DayDreams and the Boys & Girls Club of Rochester."

Johnny McIntyre, Ellen’s husband, is the founder of Camp DayDreams, a nonprofit organization that merged with Boys & Girls Clubs of Rochester a few years ago.

The Boys & Girls Club of Rochester issued a statement in response to Dr. Volpe's death.

"The Boys & Girls Club of Rochester joins the Volpe and McIntyre families in mourning the death of Ellen Volpe, Ph.D. Ellen has been an inspiration to a generation of Rochester’s youth through her dedication to the Camp DayDreams program. She brought compassion and love to her mentoring of teens, inspiring them – and all of us at the BGCR – with her energy and humor. In her professional life as an Assistant Professor at SUNY Buffalo, she focused on youth as well, focusing on PTSD in urban youth, partnering with the Center for Youth. She truly made a difference to the community of Rochester and we will miss her deeply."

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