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FERNANDO ALVAREZ DE TOLEDO


1934 - 2016 Obituary Condolences
FERNANDO ALVAREZ DE TOLEDO Obituary
ALVAREZ DE TOLEDO, Fernando Died suddenly on September 14th, 2016 on the island of Capri, Italy, during a visit to his ancestral home with his wife, Mary-Margaret. He was born in 1934 at the Palazzo Bivona, the family home in Napoli, son of Count Ramiro Alvarez de Toledo and Laetitia Cerio of Capri. He inherited his father's titles of Duke of Bivona and Count of Caltabellotta. In 1940, as World War II loomed, the family escaped to Argentina, where Fernando learned the second of his six languages. In 1945, they moved to Concord, MA. He graduated from Fenn School, Middlesex School and as a protégé of Dr. Josef Albers, earned the first degree of its kind, in Design Engineering, from Yale University, in 1957. For thirty years, he traveled the globe while working for Owens Corning Fiberglass designing product and facilities in Europe, South America and the Middle East. He and his family lived in Belgium and Brazil, and eventually lived ten years in Perrysburg, Ohio before returning for good to Concord, MA in 1982. After OCF, Fernando and a partner founded ACT Medical, where he pioneered medical device technology. He held 39 registered patterns, ranging from collapsible tennis rackets, to fibreglass pipelines, to guide-wires and catheters that help shape modern medical practices and saved countless lives. He was a Master rower, and a long-time member of the Cambridge Boat Club and rowed competitively around the world until age 75. He was an avid collector of antique automobiles, and kept his first car, his Model A 1929 Ford, in his collection for over 40 years. His land conservation efforts included supporting Walden Woods in Concord and the Norman Bird Sanctuary in Newport, RI, with both of these places holding a special place in his heart. He was an active member of the Centro Caprense Cerio, the foundation named in honour of Ignazio Cerio, Fernando's great-grandfather, on Capri housed in the Palazzo Cerio. A funeral was held in the ex-Cathedral San Stefano on Capri and was followed by an interment in the family crypt there. He leaves his wife of 55 years, Mary-Margaret, a son Federico of Capri and a daughter Livia of Newmarket, NH. A memorial service at Concord's Trinity Church will be held Wednesday, Oct. 5 at 10 am.

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Published in The Boston Globe on Oct. 2, 2016
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