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Dr. Denny Lee Tuffanelli

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Dr. Denny Lee Tuffanelli Obituary
Dr. Denny Lee Tuffanelli Age 83, of Kentfield, died peacefully Sunday February 3. Denny was born to the late George Tuffanelli and Augustine Amour, on June 21, 1929, in Pasadena. He graduated from Stanford University in 1951 and Stanford University Medical School in 1955. He completed his Internship at the University of Chicago in 1956, service as Captain in the US Army stationed in France, in 1958, residency in Dermatology at Mayo Clinic in 1961, residency in Internal Medicine at Presbyterian Medical Center in 1962, and National Lupus Foundation Fellowship at the LA County Hospital in 1963. He married Sheila Howell in 1954. Denny joined Dr. Norman Epstein and Dr. John Epstein practicing Dermatology in San Francisco, in 1963. He also served as a Clinical Professor Emeritus at UCSF for 30 years. He earned the National Dermatology Foundation's Clark W. Finnerud Lifetime Award for Teaching & Writing by a Clinician, United Scleroderma Foundation's Messenger of Hope Award, and was named to the National Lupus Hall of Fame. He served as a Vice President of the American Academy of Dermatology, and President of the Pacific Dermatologic Association. His primary focus was always his patients. He viewed it as his duty and privilege to care for them. Denny is survived by his wife Sheila, and five daughters: Lucia Tuffanelli Jampolsky, Lisa Tuffanelli-Bouvier, Andrea Webber, Eva Tuffanelli and Leah Tuffanelli. He is also survived by his sister Shirley Tuffanelli, 11 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild. A memorial celebrating Denny's life will be held April 7, 2013 at the Marin Art & Garden Center, Ross, CA, from 2 to 5. Contributions appreciated by the SF Free Clinic ( or the Dermatology Foundation.
Published in Marin Independent Journal on Feb. 10, 2013
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