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Frank T. Serratoni M.D.

Obituary
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SERRATONI, FRANK T., M.D., 71, died on May 27, 2013 at his home in Sea Ranch, California, following a brief illness.

His wife, Karen, and son, Mark, were by his side. A memorial service was held in the Chapel at Sea Ranch where family and friends gathered to celebrate his many accomplishments.

Friends and colleagues in Louisville are invited to attend a service of Remembrances and Celebration of Frank Serratoni's life at Locust Grove, Saturday, October 5, 2013, at 1 p.m. A reception will follow the service.

A clinical pathologist, Frank spent 31 years at Jewish Hospital in Louisville where he developed a special interest in renal diseases, hematology, and lymphomas.

Frank graduated Magna Cum Laude from Yale University in 1962. He was a Ford scholar, majored in Art History and took pre-med classes. A talented musician, Frank was an accomplished clarinet and tenor saxophone player. He played in the concert band at Yale, touring Europe with them during the summer of his sophomore year. He also took master classes on the clarinet with Benny Goodman.

After graduating from college, Frank attended medical school at the University of Michigan and did his general internship and residency in pathology at the University of California at San Francisco. He moved to the Louisville area in 1971 where he served on the medical staff of Ireland Army Hospital at Fort Knox.

During medical school, Frank turned to painting as a creative outlet. He had his first one-man show while serving at Fort Knox. "Frank was an exciting, new artist in the area and we were thrilled to exhibit his works," stated Carol Swearingen, former owner of the Swearingen Gallery on Brownsboro Road. Throughout his life, Frank had a total of 12 one-man shows. His work was featured in a story in The Courier-Journal.

Frank and Karen Serratoni were high school sweethearts in Orchard Lake, MI, where Frank played in a swing band and studied classical clarinet. In addition to his wife and son, Frank is also survived by his daughter-in law, Becky, his grandson Aiden, and his brother, Paul Davis Serratoni, for whom Frank cared following the death of his parents.

Frank will be remembered for his brilliant intellect, his quirky and fearless sense of humor, and his refined aesthetic. He had a ceaseless quest for knowledge on a broad range of topics.

Published in The Courier-Journal from Sept. 29 to Oct. 3, 2013
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