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 Peter Lavite Scardino, Jr

Peter Lavite Scardino, Jr

Birth
Houston, Harris County, Texas, USA
Death 21 Jul 2004 (aged 88)
Savannah, Chatham County, Georgia, USA
Burial Savannah, Chatham County, Georgia, USA
Plot Section 9 Row O Lot 20
Memorial ID 79575214 · View Source
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Son of Peter Lavite Scardino and Lucille D'Amico Scardino.

Obituary provided by Gina(Ward)Guilfoyle (#46934563)

Houston native Peter L. Scardino, MD, a urological surgeon, educator and inventor, died at his home in Savannah, Georgia, at the age of 88, from complications of Parkinson's disease. He was the brother of the late Judge Robert Scardino. After graduating from Rice University in 1937, Dr. Scardino received his MD degree from the University of Texas Medical School at Galveston, then completed an internship in pediatrics at City Hospital in St. Louis, Mo. While there he was married to Mary Katherine Mangelsdorf. That year he enlisted in the Navy and became a ship's doctor aboard the convoy escort vessel USS Temptress in the North Atlantic. Retiring as a lieutenant commander after World War II, he was appointed to the urology residency program at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Md. After completing his training, he moved to Savannah in 1949 to join a fellow Hopkins graduate in practice. The two were the first urologists in the region. During a 45-year medical career in Savannah, Dr. Scardino served as an innovative private physician and a professor at both the Medical College of Georgia and Mercer University School of Medicine. He was a founder of Memorial Hospital in Savannah in 1954, bringing university-level health care to the Savannah region. He served as president of the hospital's medical staff and held the same position at Savannah's St. Joseph's Hospital. His research at Memorial led to the invention of a number of surgical techniques and medical devices that contributed to the advancement of urological science. He was also an early leader in the treatment and management of prostate cancer. Dr. Scardino authored more than 75 research papers for medical journals and textbooks. He served as education director of the American Urological Association (AUA) and also was a member of the American Association of Genitourinary Surgeons. Dr. Scardino played an active role in Savannah life. He served on the Chatham County Board of Education and was president of the symphony. In the 1950s, while all large health facilities in Savannah remained racially segregated, he eliminated separate waiting rooms at his own clinic. He later joined the Committee of 100 Savannah business leaders who coordinated the peaceful integration of hotels, restaurants, theaters and other facilities. He became president of the Rotary Club of Savannah and was active in the Italian Heritage Club. Outside of medicine, Dr. Scardino focused his research efforts on Leonardo da Vinci. He delivered hundreds of lectures about Leonardo's anatomical drawings to school children, civic clubs and community groups. His holidays were often spent in museums and libraries in Europe and the US examining Leonardo's notes and manuscripts. He was an enthusiastic though only moderately successful golfer, tennis player, duck hunter, and trout fisherman. Dr. Scardino is survived by his wife; four sons; three daughters; 18 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. Funeral Mass: 10:00 AM Monday, July 27, 2004, in the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, Savannah. Remembrances: Rice University. Fox and Weeks Funeral Directors Hodgson Chapel, Savannah


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  • Created by: Anne Scamardo
  • Added: 30 Oct 2011
  • Find A Grave Memorial 79575214
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Peter Lavite Scardino, Jr (15 Sep 1915–21 Jul 2004), Find A Grave Memorial no. 79575214, citing Greenwich Cemetery, Savannah, Chatham County, Georgia, USA ; Maintained by Anne Scamardo (contributor 47163013) .