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Dr. Vincent Peter Russo

1926 - 2016 Obituary Condolences
Dr. Vincent Peter Russo Obituary
Russo, Dr. Vincent Peter
90, passed away April 14, 2016 in Fountain Hills, AZ. Born January 30, 1926 in Brooklyn, he attended Columbia College, Hobart & William Smith and the University of Rochester, receiving his MD from the Long Island School of Medicine. He married the love of his life, violinist Vera Ippolito, in 1945. A Navy veteran, he was ship's physician during the Korean War and later served at the Brooklyn Navy Yard. He practiced in Fonda, then in 1959 the family of 7 moved to Poughkeepsie. An orthopedic surgeon, he was one of the 1st to perform total hip replacement surgery. In 1979, they moved to Fountain Hills as Chief of the Residency Program, Phoenix VA and entered private practice with his son in 1985. Dr. Russo continued as medical consultant for the Social Security Administration until 2013. Vincent lost Vera in 1997, and despite the heartache continued an extraordinary life including medical service in Africa. His daily quest for knowledge was seen in his passion for painting, sculpture, music and all things historical while inspiring his ever-growing family. Survivors include Dr. Vincent and Janie Russo of Paradise Valley, Rina and Ken Creta, Val Stasik and Randy Beard, Ginny and Jim Dickey, and Vanessa and Dan Davisson, all of Fountain Hills, plus 15 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren. Celebration of life 10 AM April 22 at Messinger Fountain Hills, 12065 N Saguaro Blvd, Fountain Hills 85268. Please consider donating to Fountain Hills Theater, PO Box 18312, Fountain Hills 85269 www.fountainhillstheater.com or , 1510 E Flower St, Phx 85014 www.hov.org.
Published in The Arizona Republic on Apr. 20, 2016
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