LaBRUNA--Dr. Vincent V., of New York City, age 79, passed away on June 12, 2013. Vincent was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, philanthropist, leader, teacher, visionary and friend. Vincent graduated from St. John's College with a B.S. Degree in 1954, New York University College of Dentistry in 1958, and Columbia University School of Dental and Oral Surgery with a specialty in Orthodontics in 1961. Vincent was a pioneer in the field of Orthodontics, and was involved in numerous professional organizations throughout his career including, Cabrini Medical Center/ Columbia Hospital, The American Dental Association, The Metropolitan Research Institute, The Italian Dental Society, and The New York State and County Dental Societies. Vincent maintained involvement with New York University College of Dentistry and Columbia University where he served as Alumni President in the 1970's. Vincent's contributions to his church and community were many. He served as President of the Italian Businessmen's Association from 1985 to 1997. Vincent was a believer in giving back to the community and in 1988 was honored as Community Mayor's "Man of The Year" for his many years of aiding handicap children. Until his demise, Vincent served as an Honorary Police Surgeon and Fire Chief. He was dedicated to his church and was inducted as a Knight of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulcher of Jerusalem by Cardinal Terrance Cook in 1970. In 1977 he was elevated to Knight Commander of the Holy Sepulcher. In 1995, Vincent was awarded the United Nations Metal by Pope John Paul II. In December 2002, Vincent was invested as a Knight Commander of the Equestrian Order of St. Gregory, by Pope John Paul II. Despite his busy and productive life, Vincent's first priority was his family. He is succeeded by his beloved wife of 54 years, Nina DiGiovanna LaBruna, two sons, Dr. Vincent A. LaBruna of New York and Dr. Anthony N. LaBruna of New York, his daughters-in-law, Dr. Diane Hanan LaBruna and Lucille Messina LaBruna, and his five adored grandchildren, Christopher, Nina, Anthony, Nicole and Kristen. A true renaissance man, Vincent will be deeply missed by whose lives he touched. Visitation will be held on Friday 2-5 and 7-9 and Saturday 6-9 at Campbell's Funeral Home, Madison and 81st Street, New York City, 212-288-3500. A funeral mass will be said at St. Jean Baptiste Roman Catholic Church located at Lexington Avenue and 76th Street at 10am, Monday June 17, 2013. Burial will follow at the Gate of Heaven Cemetery.
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Published in The New York Times on June 13, 2013