Dr. Lily Shu de la Torre of Bloomfield, a longtime Montclair-based psychiatrist, died at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Wayne on Aug. 24, 2022. She was 81.

Dr. de la Torre was born in 1941 in Hebei Province, China, and immigrated to the United States in 1949. She earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from American University and her M.D. from Georgetown University, where she met her future husband, the late Frank de la Torre.

Following a residency in Philadelphia, Dr. de la Torre and her family moved to Glen Ridge in 1978, beginning a 41-year career as a board-certified psychiatrist whose work took her through various institutions and clinics in the area. 

Known by colleagues and patients as compassionate, insightful, efficient and levelheaded, she was recognized numerous times as a leading psychiatrist in the region by peer associations and was summoned out of retirement twice before finally stopping for good in 2019.

She served at different times as president of the medical staff at Essex County Hospital Center in Cedar Grove; clinical director for Meadowview Psychiatric Hospital in Secaucus and clinical director for Catholic Community Services in Newark, among other posts. She maintained a private practice in Montclair from 1986 through 2016. 

During her spare time, Dr. de la Torre enjoyed traveling, opera, Broadway musicals, choir, playing bridge and spending time with her family. 

She established strong ties to the Montclair community as a longtime member of the First Congregational Church and active member of the YMCA. She will be remembered for her adventurous spirit, generosity and openness. 

Dr. de la Torre is survived by her sister, Marjorie; her son, Ulysses (Luisa); daughter, Francesca (Justin); several nieces and nephews, and many dear friends.

A memorial service is planned at the First Congregational Church of Montclair for Friday, Sept. 9, at 4 p.m. 

In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to the First Congregational Church of Montclair at fccmontclair.org/giving.