Bernard J. Dlutowski, 79, family physician

Bernard J. Dlutowski sometimes cared for three generations of one family.
Bernard J. Dlutowski sometimes cared for three generations of one family.
Posted: April 02, 2014

Bernard J. Dlutowski, 79, of Northeast Philadelphia, a family physician affectionately known as "Dr. D.," died Tuesday, March 25, of complications from cancer at his home.

Dr. Dlutowski was a general practitioner in Torresdale for more than 40 years, sometimes caring for as many as three generations of the same family from offices at 9625 Frankford Ave.

Early in his career, he made visits to the homes of patients, especially if they were neighbors, said his daughter, Janine Ehsani. "He was an old-fashioned family doctor," she said.

The son of a Polish immigrant who worked in a steel mill and died young, he was the first in his family to go to college.

Born and raised in Pittsburgh, he graduated from Central Catholic High School. He earned his bachelor's degree in premedical studies from the University of Pittsburgh and his medical degree from what was then Hahnemann University Medical School.

He met his wife-to-be, Theresa Kita, at Hahnemann, where she was a social worker. He proposed to her on Valentine's Day. The two were married for 52 years before her death in March 2013.

Dr. Dlutowski served as head medical officer aboard the Bushnell, a submarine tender based in Key West, Fla., during the Cuban missile crisis. He was honorably discharged with the rank of lieutenant.

He retired eight years ago, but he would often meet former patients on the street. They would regale him with stories of how he had helped them. "He loved his patients, and his patients loved him," his daughter said.

As a father, he had a sense of humor, but was firm in passing along his values: love of family, learning about different cultures, and taking advantage of all the world has to offer, his daughter said.

In addition to his daughter, he is survived by sons John, Christopher, and Mark; another daughter, Katherine Autieri; and seven grandchildren.

A viewing will be held from 8:30 to 9:15 a.m. Tuesday, April 1, at Burns Funeral Home, 9708 Frankford Ave., followed by a 10 a.m. Funeral Mass at St. Katherine of Siena Roman Catholic Church, 9700 Frankford Ave. Interment is in Resurrection Cemetery.

Donations may be made to Jefferson Medical Oncology, Benjamin Franklin House, 834 Chestnut St., Suite 320, Philadelphia 19107.


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