DePAOLA D.D.S., Ph.D, Dr. Dominick
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It is with profound sadness that the family of Dr. Dominick DePaola notes his sudden passing. Born on December 29, 1942 in Brooklyn, NY to the late Marie and Dominick DePaola, Dr. DePaola received his bachelor's degree from St. Francis College Brooklyn, NY; D.D.S. at New York University College of Dentistry; Ph.D at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dr. DePaola served most recently as academic dean of Nova Southeastern University College of Dental Medicine in Fort Lauderdale, FL. His previous academic appointments include: President and CEO of the Forsyth Institute in Boston, MA; President and Dean of Texas A+M Baylor College of Dentistry in Dallas, TX; Dean of the Dental School of UMDNJ in Newark, NJ; Dean of the Dental School of the University of Texas (UTHSCHA); Associate Professor of the Medical College of Virginia School of Dentistry in Richmond, VA. Dr. DePaola was the first person to serve as President of both the American Dental Education Association (ADEA) and the American Association for Dental Research (AADR). Dr. DePaola was widely regarded as a visionary leader in health professions education and was a frequent consultant to private industry, non-profit boards, the academic community and the public sector. Beyond all of his professional accomplishments, Dr. DePaola was an inspiring, captivating and gracious person, whose kindness, warmth and collegiality touched all who were privileged to know him. Dr. DePaola and his wife, Rosemary, a Realtor at Illustrated Properties, have been residents of Palm Beach Gardens for 11 years. Dr. DePaola was a Fourth Degree Knight of Columbus, and the couple are Ushers at St. Ignatius Loyola Cathedral. Dr. DePaola is survived by his loving wife and soul mate, Rosemary, his devoted daughter, Alexis, and his caring son-in-law Guy Chiparo, both of Stowe, VT. The Mass of Christian Burial was on April 20, 2013 at St. Francis of Paola Church in Brooklyn, NY, followed by burial at Calvary Cemetery in New York City. In Dr. DePaola's memory, donations may be made to the Dominick and Rosemary DePaola Scholarship Fund at St. Francis College, 180 Remsen Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201.
Published in The Palm Beach Post from May 5 to May 8, 2013