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June 20, 2013
I just read in the St. Francis College's alumni news about Dom's recent sudden passing. I was a classmate and remember so well the three musketeers, Dom, John Carlo and Thad Josefawitz. I was a fellow bio grad '64 and have followed Dom's illustrious career with interest through the college alumni news. My prayers for the repose of Dom's soul as well as for the peace and comfort of you, Rosemary and all your family and friends. Ray Makofske, '64
May 16, 2013
Dear Rosemary,

It is with great sadness that I write on behalf of all of Dom and your friends at Henry Schein and the Bergman family to send our deepest condolences to you and your family on the passing away of our dear friend, Dom.

Dom was truly a visionary leader in the field of oral health education, and his impact on young aspiring dentists and the industry has been profound. His adept leadership of the Forsyth Institute, the American Dental Education Association, American Association for Dental Research, a multitude of our country's premier academic institutions, as well as countless non-profit institutions has immeasurably changed the field of oral health care in this country.

Dom had an extraordinary ability to build deep and lasting friendships and relationships with family, friends, colleagues, students and associates. His life was surrounded by so many that had very strong feelings for him, including many members of Team Schein. A wonderful friend and very special person, Dom lived a rich life and he will be sorely missed by many.

We hope that your pain and sorrow will be comforted by your loving and proud memories of Dom. Please extend our deepest sympathy to your family. You are very much in the thoughts of your many friends at Team Schein.
April 23, 2013
Hi everyone. I'm Jonathan, Dominick's nephew. As you can imagine, much like everyone else, I have been in a state of shock and heartbreak all week. When I was told my uncle Dom had passed away a week ago today, my heart literally dropped to the floor.

Although I only saw my uncle a few times a year, most especially at Christmastime, his presence was felt year round. Though I do admit, when December and the holidays rolled around, it wasn't just Christmas I was looking forward to; it was seeing Uncle Dom and his family (my aunt Rosemary, his daughter Alexis, and son-in-law Gaetano). Their company is/was always so much fun!

When you're a young kid around the holidays, the cause of your excitement tends to be what gifts you're going to get on Christmas morning. As I got older, I realized the most important part of the holidays was family. Admittedly, I'm a child at heart and don't mind opening up a gift here or there...haha...but truthfully, it was seeing my uncle Dom, aunt Ro and family greet us at the door on December 22nd that made me love Christmas. Whenever he and his family arrived at our house (where they'd stay for the duration of the holidays), the magic truly began. My uncle, whether he knew it or not, helped me realize that family (and friends) was the best part about Christmas and any other holiday. I can honestly say that he was the essence of what family should be...someone who didn't like drama, joked around a lot, and was all-around great company.

I was talking to my friend Michael a day or two after my uncle had passed, and he said something that really stayed with me. He said that, although he had only met my uncle on one occasion and had seen some of what he was like through some funny clips I had recorded from various holidays over the years, Mike was able to get a true sense of who my uncle was. Michael said, "You could just tell that Dom was a good man--who loved his family...and loved life." I couldn't have said it better myself. Here was a friend who didn't know my uncle well at all, but was able to tell that just by meeting him once or twice. To me, that was awesome. That was just the vibe that my uncle Dom gave off; how right my friend Michael was.

Besides aspiring to be like my uncle as a professional (as his accolades in the field of dentistry were phenomenal; though you'd never know it because he was so humble), it's him as a person and as an uncle that I hope to carry with me forever. I have a young nephew and niece and I said to myself, when they were born, that I'd hope I can be that uncle the kids can't wait to see. You know, the uncle that was just a blast to be around. Naturally, my inspiration was and is my Uncle Dom.

In conclusion, I'd like to say that I am going to miss my uncle Dom's company, his laughter, and his goodness. He was not afraid to tell you how he felt ("This is my favorite guy right here!" he'd tell me) and offered a kindess that was infectious.

Thanks for the memories, Uncle Dom. I'll miss you deeply, but your memory will live on inside of me forever. I'll smile whenever I think of you.

God Bless and Rest in Peace.

Love Your Nephew,

Jonathan (DiDonato)
April 21, 2013
Dom leaves one of the great legacies in Dentistry and oral health care generally. His vision, insights and energy will continue to inspire those of us who knew him. He was a blessing in our lives. Rosemary and Alexis, thank you for sharing him with us.
Peter DuBois
April 21, 2013
My sincerest sympathies to Rosemary and Alexis; Dom was a mentor, colleague and friend; he was one of the first and foremost visionaries and leaders in the world of nutrition and dentistry; his insight and guidance to many will be long remembered. With wishes for comfort in fond memories.
Riva Touger-Decker

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Uncle Dom & I (Jonathan, his nephew) Christmas 2010. Thank you Cuz for being you. Will miss your Laugh! Happy times with Dom celebrating his birthday.
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