Vincent Barresi

Barresi, MD Vincent Barresi, M.D., age 73, entered Valhalla peacefully from his home on April 21, 2013. He is preceded in death by his parents Antonio Barresi of Erice, Sicily and Katherine Maranzano Barresi of Brooklyn, New York. He is survived by his wife, Barbara Beatty Barresi, PhD, RN beloved spouse of 30 years. He is also survived by his sister, Modesta Jean Gottlieb of Oceanside, Long Island, and her family, as well as Tom (brother), Melissa and nieces Kelleigh and Ashlyn Beatty, Gibsonburg, Ohio. Dr. Barresi was proud of his status as a first-generation American, the son of Sicilian immigrants. He was born in Brooklyn, New York. He attended John Quincy Adams High School in Queens, New York and graduated valedictorian. He completed a BS Cum Laude at Washington Square College, the Greenwich Village Campus of New York University. During his undergraduate years, he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and Pi Delta Phi. Dr. Barresi received his MD at Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn, New York. He then completed one year of Medical Internship and a first year of Medical Residency at Maimonides Memorial Center in Brooklyn, New York. His medical training was interrupted when Dr. Barresi was drafted. He served in the U.S. Navy, attached to the 1st Marine Division in Viet Nam from August 1967 through September 1968. He then completed a second year of active duty at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland. Dr. Barresi remained in the U.S. Naval Ready Reserves until he received an Honorable Discharge in 1976. Dr. Barresi completed a second year of Medical Residency at the hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. He remained at that institution for an additional two years, completing a Fellowship in Cardiology in June 1972. He chose to complete a third year of Cardiology Training at Rush Presbyterian St. Luke's College of Medicine, Chicago, Illinois. With his clinical training completed, he accepted a position as Assistant Director of the Cardiac Cauterization Laboratory at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, the principal teaching hospital of Northwestern Medical School. In May 1979, Dr. Barresi relocated to Columbus, Ohio, to join a group of cardiologists in private practice, some of whom he had trained with in Philadelphia. He remained a partner of Cardiology, Inc, until illness forced his retirement in February 2012. During his years of private practice in Cardiology he occupied numerous committee positions on the Medical Staff of Mount Carmel Health. He was elected chairman of the Ethics Advisory Committee and he served as President of the Medical Staff. In December 2012, Dr. Barresi received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Medical Staff of Mount Carmel. He was a founding member of the Columbus Physicians Ethics Circle, a group which met quarterly to discuss bioethical concerns. He also was a member of a social group of retired physicians (RODEO) who met monthly for breakfast. This group was a great source of friendship and support throughout his recent illness. Dr. Barresi was very proud of his service to the Board of Opera Columbus, for almost 10 years, during the formative years of that organization's history. His love of opera began at age 5 when his father would take him to see opera performances at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York City. He was a life member of the Save-the-Redwood s League, a founding member of the Thomas A. Edison Memorial in Milan, Ohio and a life member of the Mott's Military Museum. Dr. Barresi and his wife, Barbara, shared numerous interests with equal passion. They were consistent supporters of various arts organizations, the Columbus Museum of Art, the Columbus Zoo and the Columbus Foundation. Dr. Barresi was particularly proud of his wife's own achievements in education and her profession as an Ethicist. Barbara Barresi offers her appreciation to Jeffery Zangmeister, MD for his care and friendship over the past year. Visitation will take place on Saturday, April 27, 2013 from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. and Sunday, April 28, 2013 from 1-4 p.m. at the JOHN QUINT TREBONI FUNERAL HOME, 1177 West Fifth Avenue, Grandview Heights, Ohio. There will be a private burial at Scott's Cemetery, Huron, Ohio following cremation. The family requests that NO floral arrangements be offered. Instead, it is suggested that memorial contributions be made to the Vincent and Barbara Barresi Fund at the Columbus Foundation, 1234 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43205. Condolences may be sent via

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Published in The Columbus Dispatch from Apr. 23 to Apr. 28, 2013