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DEL GUERCIO--Dr. Louis R.M. of Larchmont died on Friday, March 8 due to complications from a brain tumor. He was 84. A renowned thoracic surgeon and pioneer in his field, he was also an artist, inventor, public servant, mentor and entrepreneur. He was an individual who was committed to enhancing the lives of others. He was born on January 15, 1929 to Louis and Hortense (Ardengo) Del Guercio and grew up in Larchmont where he lived all of his life. Dr. Del Guercio graduated from Fordham College in 1948 with a B.S. degree, cum laude. He attended the Yale School of Medicine and received his post-graduate training in surgery at Columbia Presbyterian Medial Center, Saint Vincent's Medical Center and Cleveland Metropolitan General Hospital. At the Albert Einstein College of Medicine from 1960- 1971 he progressed from Instructor of Surgery to Professor. He then served as Chief of Surgery at the Saint Barnabas Medical Center in New Jersey until 1976 when he was appointed Chairman of Surgery at New York Medical College and Chief of Surgery at Westchester Medical Center where he served for 26 years until his retirement. He was the author of three textbooks and 320 surgical articles. He was one of the founders and past presidents of the Society of Critical Care Medicine. He volunteered for the first Gulf War and was commissioned a full Colonel and put in charge of the 320th Evacuation Hospital. He was awarded the U.S. Army Commendation Medal in 1991. He most recently served on the board of the Maria Fareri Children's Hospital at Westchester Medical Center, the Executive Committee of the Yale Medical Alumni Association and the Fordham Science Council. In his retirement he walked with his sons on a 500- mile pilgrimage to the tomb of St. James in Santiago de Compostella. He was also an avid fisherman, sailor, painter and tennis player. He loved nothing more than spending time at his waterfront home with his family and pets. He is survived by his beloved wife Paula of 56 years; his children Louis (Carolyn), Francesca (Robert) Monro, Paul (Marianne), Catherine (Luc) Gregoire, Maria (Greg) Stanton, Michelle (Mark) Ferri, Christopher (Berit) and Anthony (Magan); his 15 grandchildren; and his sister Eligia Dundee and her children. Donations can be made in his name to Maria Fareri Children's Hospital at Westchester Medical Center. Visiting Sunday 1-6pm and Monday 4-8pm at Fox Funeral Home in Larchmont. Mass of Christian Burial Tuesday 10:00am at St. Augustine Church in Larchmont. Interment at Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Hawthorne.

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Published in New York Times on Mar. 9, 2013.
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March 3, 2020
I'm thinking of Paula and the family today. I'm sorry that Dr. Del Guercio is gone. What an amazing person he was. I miss those days.
April Sandmeyer
December 16, 2019
I was just thinking of Dr. DelGuercio, Paula, and their family, after speaking with Paula, today. I cherish my memories of being at their beautiful waterfront Larchmont home, which their opened to host the annual luncheon of Paula's DAR chapter. They were both very active at our events, especially our Spring Fundraiser Tea and Holiday celebrations. Paula's passion was welcoming new citizens at Naturalization Court. I'll never forget the film Dr. DelGuercio made after going on a Pilgrimage. I would like to see it again. Is it available anywhere? Please let me know. I have been missing Paula and Louis, as a couple, since 2013, but will always cherish my memories of knowing them. <3 Thinking of you. <3 April Sandmeyer, Regent, Anne Hutchinson Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution
March 31, 2014
Dr DelGuercio forever will be missed for He was a mentor , a teacher and a role model . It gives me a great pride and honor to have known Dr DelGuercio and trained under him . My sympathy and heartfelt condolences to his family . And may his memory be eternal.
Ihsan I. Jabbour M.D.
January 22, 2014
Dear Paula and family:

Periodically I look up old friends and was saddened to learn of Lou's passing last year. His picture redminded me of when we first met in 1962 at Jacobi Hospital. I will always remember Lou as a friend and mentor, not only to me but also to students and house staff under his tutelage. It is with fondness that I recall the times when I visited with you and the time we were fishing together.

Since Barbara and I moved to California in 1999 we have lost some of our east coast contacts. Though delayed, I wanted to express our sympathy for your loss.

Joseph and Barbara Cohn
Joseph Cohn
July 27, 2013
Dear Paula: I just found out about Louis"s passing and still I want to extend my deepest sympathies. I'm a snowbird and live in Vero Beach Fl. half the year so the delay in being able to write you. You may not remember but I escorted you an Lou in Rome, Italy during your honeymoon in "56 or '57 taking you around in my Topolino. What a wonderful time.
Saverio Panzarino MD
July 12, 2013
Just learned of the death of Dr. DelGuercio. He was a demanding but fair man. Will always remember breakfast in the cafeteria after ICU rounds while he smoked his cigar. Belated condolences to his family Marc Finkelstein
May 23, 2013
Dr. Del Guercio was a wonderful teacher and mentor. I was truly honored to work under him while my department was under the General Surgery Division.
He will be greatly missed.
Marie Brown-Wagner, MD
Dept. of Otolaryngology, Presbyterian Med Ctr.
April 8, 2013
I was sorry to hear today of "the boss's" passing last month. I was one of the female surgical residents who helped him gain the distinction of having graduated the most female surgeons in the country. Despite his fame as an "MCP", he was always fair, and demanding of the best of all who worked under him, and was a wonderful human being. My sympathies to his family.
Paula Sims, MD
March 16, 2013
My deepest sympathy for your loss.
Lorraine Kuplast
March 12, 2013
Dr. DelGuercio was a kind and gentleman who I had the honor of working with at WCMC. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.
Mary Ellen Robbins
March 11, 2013
I knew Lou well while at New York Medical College. I would like to extend my deepest sympathy to the DelGuercio family. I know he will be sorely missed by all who knew him.
Basil S. Hilaris, M.D.
Professor and Chairman, Emeritus
Department of Radiation Medicine
New York Medical College
Basil Hilaris, M.D.
March 11, 2013
Dear Carolyn and family,You are in my thoughts and prayers. May happy memories provide comfort as you journey through these difficult days. Caroline
Caroline Murphy
March 10, 2013
May the God of all comfort strengthen the family and friends during this time of sorrow. Please find peace and comfort in Isaiah 65:17,21-24.
March 9, 2013
I am so sorry for your loss. While I never met Dr. Del Guercio in person, I knew him from his friendship with Father Driscoll and I find it comforting that they will still be in touch in heaven. I am so sorry for your loss.
Barbara Noyes
March 9, 2013
I am so sorry for your loss. I know losing a loved one is hard. My prayers go out to the family. May you draw close to God.
March 9, 2013
I will always remember and be grateful for Dr. DelGuercio for performing surgery and removing a rare tumor, thus saving my life.He was a wonderful and compassionate man. I'm sorry for your loss. MJ Maddox, TX
March 9, 2013
Dear Paula and family
My deepest sympathies at your loss. He was a remarkable man. Marian Moore, DAR-Anne Hutchinson Chapter
March 8, 2013
We were privledged to know Dr. Del Guercio, who along with his wife, opened their home to our DAR Chapter. We will never forget his gracious manner and kindness. It was always a pleasyre to see him. He will be missed greatly.

With Deepest Sympathy,

April Sandmeyer, Regent
Anne Hutchinson Chapter NSDAR
Anne Hutchinson Chapter
March 8, 2013
Dearest Paula & Family,
Our deepest sympathies and hearts go out to you in this time of sorrow. We mourn your loss. Dr. Del Guercio was so kind. We will never forget his 500 mile pilgrimage to the tomb of St. James on behalf of his grandson, and his devotion and commitment to children, medicine, and this country. May fond memories and the love of family and friends carry you through your grief.
With Love & Blessings,
April Sandmeyer & Family
April Sandmeyer
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