Dominic Anthony DeLaurentis, M.D., age 88 of Coral Gables, Florida and La Romana, Dominican Republic, formerly of Philadelphia, PA and Williamsburg, VA on May 14, 2013. Born February 2, 1925 in Abruzzo, Italy, Dr. DeLaurentis immigrated to Philadelphia in 1928. He was educated in the Philadelphia public school system, graduating from Olney High School where he was a serious violinist and a talented gymnast; St Joseph’s University with honors in Chemistry and Temple University School of Medicine where he was elected to AOA. He served in the United States Army assigned to a maxillo-facial mobile surgical unit. In 1958 Dr. DeLaurentis was appointed Associate Professor of Surgery, Temple University Medical School and Hospital. He was awarded a Hartford Foundation cardiovascular fellowship in 1963 and named first Chief of Surgery at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, Massachusetts in 1966. Dr. DeLaurentis was appointed Professor of Surgery Hahnemann Medical School and Hospital in 1971 and in 1974 was named Professor of Surgery, University of Pennsylvania and Chairman of the Department of Surgery at Pennsylvania Hospital. In 1986 he was appointed First Chief of the Vascular Surgery Section and in the year 2000 Dr. DeLaurentis was honored by the University of Pennsylvania as Professor Emeritus. Dr. DeLaurentis was deeply committed to surgical education, teaching many generations of physicians and authoring or co-authoring upwards of 135 surgical publications. He was elected and served as President of the Philadelphia Academy of Surgery, Delaware Valley Vascular Society, Society for Clinical Vascular Surgery, and the Eastern Vascular Society. He was involved in the formation of the Association of Program Directors in Surgery, and recognized as an Honorary Life member. Dr. DeLaurentis was predeceased by his wife of 51 years Molly Stephens DeLaurentis, and is survived by his wife Conchita Llach DeLaurentis, four children and ten grandchildren including Denise DeLaurentis Cilio, Peter Cilio, Caroline and Charlotte Cilio, Dominic Jr. and Julie DeLaurentis, Mary Elizabeth and Dominic A. DeLaurentis III, Gina and Rob Steers, Whit and Anna Steers, Lauren and Jeff Brown, M.D., Mary Mason, Graham, Olivia and Bo Brown, and a brother Anthony Laurent of Hilton Head, S.C. Dr. DeLaurentis became a passionate sailor later in life recommending the sport to anyone who is “afflicted with impatience.” He had a profound love of family, great appreciation for education, and epitomized life-long learning. He was hugely accomplished but remarkably modest. His openness, generosity, and wisdom made him a natural second father to residents, colleagues, and son-in-laws and his wise council will be greatly missed. There will be a memorial service and internment in Williamsburg, VA at a later date.
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