Vincent Mario Ricchiuti
1942 - 2020
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Vincent Mario Ricchiuti
May 2, 1942 - November 8, 2020
San Diego
Dr. Vincent Mario Ricchiuti passed away from cancer on November 8 after a very brief period of illness. He leaves a loving and grief-stricken family and community of friends, patients and colleagues. All who knew him were touched by his warmth, compassion, expertise, larger-than-life persona and comforting presence in the face of any difficulty they confronted.Dr. Ricchiuti, a first-generation Italian American, was born May 2, 1942, in Providence, Rhode Island, to Mario and Mary Ricchiuti and was the youngest of seven children. After moving to San Diego, he became a student at Saint Rose of Lima School in Chula Vista, then Saint Augustine High School, where he was captain of the basketball team, before matriculating at San Diego State University and attending medical school at UCLA School of Medicine. Following graduation from medical school in 1967, Dr. Ricchiuti began his career first as a surgical and medical intern at the University of Utah Medical Center, then at the United States Naval Flight Training in Pensacola, Florida. He went on to practice at several elite institutions, including as a United States Navy Flight Surgeon at NAS Miramar, as a resident at the UCLA Medical Center in Radiology, and as a fellow in Neuroradiology and Interventional Neuroradiology at the UCLA Medical Center. In 1968, Dr. Ricchiuti married the love of his life, Anne Kathleen Hubley. Their marriage of 52 years was a paragon of joy and partnership. Together they welcomed everyone in their circle to an open home for Sunday dinners and weekends around the pool. They traveled extensively and truly cherished one another. Along their journey, they had three children: Greg, Mia, and Michael. Dr. Ricchiuti was a doting father and an ever-present fixture in his kids' extended community, coaching their sports teams, attending all of their games and events, and was a founding supporter of the La Jolla High School Foundation.In 1975, Dr. Ricchiuti joined La Jolla Radiology Medical Group, affiliated with Scripps Memorial, La Jolla and Encinitas. He was widely-renowned in the San Diego area as an exemplary doctor, serving as chief of staff at Scripps Memorial Encinitas as well as staff interventional neuroradiologist at both Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla and Scripps Memorial Encinitas. Dr. Ricchiuti served his community as a physician until his retirement in 2015.Beyond his noted talent as a radiologist, Dr. Ricchiuti was beloved by all he encountered for his singularly charming personality and the ever-present twinkle in his eyes. He was the consummate father, husband, grandfather, friend, neighbor and all-around exceptional person. For so many, he was the first call for advice and counsel; to tap into his medical knowledge, or to request support for something deeply personal, support he offered freely with an unparalleled combination of gravitas and humor. He served as a minister, of sorts, to his friends, as well as in a more official capacity when he presided over several weddings for loved ones. To Vinny, as he was known to the countless who treasured him, the whole world was family, and the world will be a dimmer place without his light. He is survived by his devoted wife Anne and their children Greg, Mia Ammer, and Michael; his grandchildren Molly, Maggie, and Vincent Ricchiuti, and Geoffrey and Annie Ammer; and many nieces and nephews. The family still mourns his recently departed daughter-in-law, Sally Manchester Ricchiuti (Greg). Vinny also had a particularly special and adoring bond with his son-in-law Geoff (Mia), who passed away in 2012.A private family service is being planned. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Scripps Health Foundation at https://donate.scripps.org/giving/scrippshealth.

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Published in San Diego Union-Tribune on Nov. 15, 2020.
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November 23, 2020
Fondly, I will always remember his warm hug, vibrant shirts, and all-around lovable spirit. He will be missed by so many. Sending love and light. Love, Marisa
Marisa Rico
Friend
November 22, 2020
What an amazing man who left a lasting imprint on all those he encountered. His warmth was contagious
Ronald Tamale
Friend
November 21, 2020
Vinny was truly the greatest and I am so sad to hear of his passing. Not only was he the warmest, most hilarious, intelligent person, he was the snappiest dresser with the best tan I’ve ever seen. His excellent colorful clothing choices could still not overpower his extraordinary charm though. He was one of a kind and will be missed.
Katie Goodwin
Friend
November 21, 2020
Vinny was such a vibrant, wonderful man. I always loved hearing stories about him from Mia when we were in college and whenever I spent time with him, he was as warm, welcoming and funny as she described him. My deepest sympathies and love to Mia, Geoffrey, Annie, Anne, Greg, Mike, and all the Ricchiuti clan.
Liz Moore
Friend
November 20, 2020
Uncle Vinny was such a huge presence in our family. He was the pride of all his siblings and cherished by each and every one of them. As the baby of a very large Italian family he was doted on and never lacking for attention. Growing up he was always the fun uncle with a larger than life personality. He was there for every one of us when we were sick with a calm demeanor and always offering loving support. His home in La Jolla was a gathering place for many family holidays and many memories were made there. He will forever be remembered and loved by those lucky enough to know him. Rest In Peace uncle - I hope you know how very much you were loved.
Ann Marie Lynch
Family
November 20, 2020
Vinny was the life of the party. He welcomed everyone with open arms and being around him was always a joy. I hope he is his best shade of tan, wearing a bright colored polo shirt, drinking a martini and watching down on all of us from above. Much love to Anne, Greg, Mike, Annie, Geoffrey and the rest of the family.
Gloria Hann
Friend
November 20, 2020
This is all so true. Vinny was absolutely phenomenal. With all those accomplishments he was still the most humble and real person you could find. Vinny was like a second Father to me and my whole childhood is filled with the most joyous of memories of us all together. The sense of humor that he had is still something I treasure and use on a daily basis. He loved all things funny and smart and many jokes or things I say today I can credit to Vinny. What an incredible man. He was so full of love for his family he would do anything for them. He had a heart larger than life. We will all miss him so much, Vince I miss you so much. I love you and you will be with me in my heart forever. ❤
Carey Lessard
Friend
November 20, 2020
Uncle Vinny was always there for family and friends and had a generous heart and a great sense of humor. We grieve his loss with you and know he is at peace with family that has passed before him.
donna heath
Family
November 20, 2020
My heartfelt condolences to Anne , Mia, Annie and Geoffrey! Vinny was a one of a kind human being who will be missed!
Carol Watkins
Friend
November 20, 2020
Vinny was one of a kind! Our family adored Vinny. Vinny will always be remembered in our hearts and will be greatly missed
Bonnie Ammer
Family
November 20, 2020

Oh I loved Vinnie. You walked in the room and that man made you feel so special. His presence was nothing short of amazing. I am one of his daughter's friends and was lucky enough to get to visit this awesome family on weekends home from college. One of my favorite memories is when Mia and I would go home to La Jolla for a visit and we would wear bandaids on our ankles. We tried so hard to cover up the matching tattoos we got because we did not want Vinnie to get mad at us for doing something so stupid. We did everything we could to take sure we didn't get caught. I was so excited for my Dad to meet Vinnie because I was lucky enough to have a Dad who felt the same way about family. My Dad still talks about Vinnie even tough he only met him a couple times. I knew they would connect right away. When Mia went through tough times that man was there for her in a heartbeat. Her happiness and success was his priority. His love for his family was so strong and I was so happy that Mia had such an incredible man always looking out for her. Vinnie may be gone but that life was so large that it is clear his presence still lives within all of his great kids and grandkids. And Heaven just got a little brighter.
Paige Dunn
Friend
November 20, 2020
Vinny was one of the nicest, kind, caring, loving, fun man that I have ever known
We all adored him. Rest In Peace. Hope you are in Heaven with Geoff. We will miss you. Love Connie, Scot and Luke Ulmer
Connie Ulmer
Family
November 20, 2020
Vinny was one of the nicest, kindest, loving, caring man I have ever known. He was one of a kind. Our family truly loved him. Rest In Peace. Hope you Geoff are together in Heaven. We will always miss you. Love Connie, Scot and Luke Ulmer
Connie Ulmer
Family
November 17, 2020
I am so sorry to hear about the loss of such a wonderful man ! During the decade plus years that I worked with Vince at SMLJ , he was such a bright light to the department and to me personally, a true friend who was always there with fatherly advice and guidance. We shared a love for hot tea, and he always called me his par-tea girl and even after I left that facility , I always took the time to drop in and get one of his big bear hugs and hear about what the family was up to! He was never too busy to catch up ! His deep love for Anne and his family, and his friends was always forefront in everything he did ! The world is definitely a bit dimmer without him and that twinkle in his eyes that came with that fabulous smile ! RIP my friend !
KIMBERLY BURKE
Friend
November 16, 2020
I worked at La Jolla Radiology from 1977 to 1984. Dr. Ricchiuti was a very nice and knowledgeable person. The whole group of doctors were very pleasant to work for. My condolences. Cathy Ostrom
Cathy Ostrom
Coworker
November 15, 2020
When I was very young, “Uncle Vinny” saved me from drowning in the Pacific Ocean when an enormous wave dragged us under. He taught me to say interesting and peculiar words, which I excelled at. He was always fun. At some point I figured out that his job wasn’t really “fixing radios.” A huge heart and an even bigger personality. This world will be made less by his absence. Love to Anne, Mia, Greg and Michael.
Lauren McClure
Friend
November 15, 2020
May God Bless your family. The Kahan family is sending their dearest condolences.
Amy Kahan
Friend
November 15, 2020
I joined Vinny's group, La Jolla Radiology, in 1983 and enjoyed thirty years of working with him. He was an excellent neuroradiologist and was always helpful with difficult clinical problems. I was in the treatment end of radiology (radiation oncology) and depended heavily on my colleagues like Vince in the care of our patients. His warm personality will be missed. Anne, please accept Linda's and my condolences to you and your family.
Dave Hodgens and Linda Olson
Coworker
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