Leonard Ferucci M.D.

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Forty-five year Anchorage resident Dr. Leonard Daniel Ferucci, 75, died December 19, 2012 at the Anchorage Pioneer Home.

Len was born on December 2, 1937 in Hershey, PA. He graduated from Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, PA in 1959, where he was a member of Chi Phi fraternity. He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine in 1963, where he was a member of Nu Sigma Nu fraternity. Len completed an internship at Denver General Hospital in 1964, followed by an Obstetrics/Gynecology residency at Sacred Heart Hospital in Spokane, WA.

In 1967 Len and his family drove to Alaska for a three year hospital assignment at Elmendorf Air Force Base. Len began a private practice in 1970 and retired in the mid 1990's. His office was located in the first professional building at Providence Alaska Medical Center. Len delivered over 3000 babies in Anchorage.

Love of the outdoors brought Len a lifetime of hunting, fishing, and flying in Alaska. His favorite remote retreat was his cabin on Latouche Island in the Prince William Sound. Travels included trips to Africa, Nepal, Australia, New Zealand, Mongolia, Belize, and Costa Rica.

As a boy, Len trained the family hunting dogs. For 30 years in Alaska Len trained black Labrador Retrievers for competition in licensed field trials here, in the lower 48, and in Canada. Len developed the Chena River lineage resulting in some of the most qualified dogs in the history of field trials. For many years Len was a finalist in the National Open and Amateur Field Trials. In 1991 Len won the Canadian National Amateur Field Trial with Chena River No Surprise, "Chica". In 2004, Chica was inducted into the National Retriever Hall of Fame.

Len is survived by his wife Pat; daughters Teresa and Cheryl; son Paul, daughter-in-law Elizabeth, and seven grandchildren. He is also survived by his sisters Lorna Vaught and husband Ted, and Eleanor Bramante and husband Gus. Len was preceded in death by his parents of Hershey, PA, Theresa M. Ferucci and Leonard B. Ferucci, DDS.

A funeral mass and Celebration of Life will be held Monday January 14th, 2013 at St. Anthony's Catholic Church at 4:00 p.m. A reception will follow at the Petroleum Club.

Throughout his disease, Len's spirit of optimism and charm were ever present. The family thanks the entire staff of the Anchorage Pioneer Home, especially the nursing staff of Delaney Gardens who provided Len with outstanding care.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to Alzheimer's Resource of Alaska, 1750 Abbott Rd., Anchorage, AK 99507, or www.alzalaska.org

Arrangements are with Janssen's Evergreen Memorial Chapel.

Published in Anchorage Daily News from Dec. 27 to Dec. 28, 2012