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Dr. H. Treat Cafferata

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Dr. H. Treat Cafferata

June 17, 1937

March 16, 2014

Prominent Reno surgeon H. Treat Cafferata died at home in Reno on March 16th, 2014. Born June 17, 1937 at St. Mary's Hospital in Reno, Nevada, Treat (as he was always known) was the son of Reno Dentist Harold Emmanuel Cafferata and Janet Reynolds Cafferata. Dr. Cafferata was as one of the founders of SIMPAC, the Washoe County Medical Society's political action committee, and he was the first medical director of trauma services at Washoe Medical Center from 1986 to 1988. Although it is unusual for physicians in private practice, he also published and presented a number of articles and papers on trauma and vascular surgery over the years.

He graduated from Menlo High School in Atherton, California, and obtained his bachelor's degree from Stanford University, where he belonged to Alpha Kappa Lambda. He received his M.D. from the University of Oregon Medical School in Portland and was a member of Alpha Omega Alpha, the national medical honor fraternity. He completed his internship and surgical residency at the University of California in San Francisco.

Dr. Cafferata was a board-certified general and vascular surgeon and a fellow in the American College of Surgeons. He was a member of the Reno Surgical Society, the Society of Vascular Surgeons, chaired the Nevada Medical Association and was a member of the Washoe County Medical Society since 1972.

Dr. Cafferata served as a Major in the U.S. Army including a year at the 3rd Field Hospital in Saigon Vietnam and received an honorable discharge. For his service, he was awarded the National Defense Service Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal and the Vietnam Campaign Medal. He was active in the community as a member of Reno Rotary, Prospectors, Westerners, and served on board of the Nevada Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America. Of all his affiliations, his favorite was his membership in the American Medical Fly Fishing Association.

Dr. Cafferata was in private practice from 1972 to 1998. He held clinical professor positions at the University of Nevada Medical School through 1998. After he closed his private practice, he joined the surgical staff at the Veterans Administration Hospital.

Dr. Cafferata is survived by his wife Patricia Dillon Cafferata; daughter Elisa Cafferata of Reno; daughter Farrell Cafferata-Jenkins and daughter-in-law Caren Cafferata-Jenkins of Carson City; son Reynolds Cafferata and daughter-in-law Becky Cafferata of Altadena, California; and nine grandchildren: Brendan and Morgan Erquiaga, Kelley and Kenton Maser, Dean and Quinn Cafferata-Jenkins and Taylor, Henry and Grace Cafferata. He is predeceased by his grandparents, parents and his sister Deane Cafferata Stewart.

There will be a visitation on Wednesday, March 19, 2014 from 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm at Walton's Funeral Home, 875 W. Second St., Reno. Services will be held on Thursday, March 20, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. at Our Lady of the Snows Church, 1138 Wright St, Reno, NV 89509. Private interment will be held at Masonic Memorial Gardens.

Memorial contributions in Treat's name may be made to the Reno Rotary Foundation, P. O. Box 1750, Reno, NV 89505.

Online condolences may be expressed in the Book of Memories at the website www.waltonsfuneralhomes.com.


Published in Reno Gazette-Journal from Mar. 18 to Mar. 19, 2014
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