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Born in Italy, died August 30, 2013 at the age of 91 after a battle with a cancer.
He was an Italian physician with international experience in his career, first as a neurosurgeon and later as a psychiatrist. He worked at the Veterans Administration Hospital, and rose to be the chairman of the Department of Psychiatry. After retirement he continued to work for the Arlington County Courts and for the Disability and Compensation Evaluations Service of DC until the age of 90.
He was well known as a gentleman with broad knowledge in medicine, politics, history and literature. Dr. Scarcella also liked to write poetry and was a strong tennis player.
He is survived by his wife Erminia Scarcella, MD, DLFAPA and their son Alexis Scarcella, Captain at JetBlue Airways.
Services will be held on Saturday, November 2, 2013, 11 a.m. at The Church of Annunciation, 3810 Massachusetts Ave. NW.

Published in The Washington Post on Oct. 2, 2013
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