Joseph Altomonte, 80, Norristown area's 'Doctor A'

Joseph F. Altomonte
Joseph F. Altomonte
Posted: June 02, 2014

Dr. Joseph F. Altomonte, 80, of Exton, a longtime physician in the Norristown area known affectionately as "Dr. A," died Tuesday, May 27, of lung cancer at his home.

Dr. Altomonte practiced family medicine starting in 1970 from Sacred Heart and Montgomery Hospitals. Beginning in the late 1990s, he was affiliated with Fornance Medical Associates and then Norriton Family Medicine, both in East Norriton Township. He never retired.

Dr. Altomonte also served for 42 years ending last year as the doctor for St. Gabriel's Hall, a residential treatment center for male teenagers in Audubon.

A doctor who would make house calls, he continued that practice for many years. He served as the Methacton High School football team doctor from the late 1970s through the early 1990s.

Born in Uniontown, Pa., he graduated from St. Vincent College, in Latrobe, Pa., in 1956 with a bachelor of science degree. He earned his medical degree from the University of Rome Medical School in Italy in 1963.

Dr. Altomonte was a captain in the Army Medical Corps deployed to Vietnam, serving from March 1965 through October 1966. He was a commanding officer of the 93d Medical Detachment in support of the 118th Assault Helicopter Company.

Dr. Altomonte spent his free time in Vietnam 30 miles from his unit treating patients in the Tan Uyen Leper Colony and the Bien Hoa Orphanage.

His real passion was not just medicine, but helping people feel better and happier.

"Everyone loved 'Dr. A,' " said his son, Joseph Jr. "Try as you might, you will not find one enemy, let alone one person who did not feel better for having met or known him."

He loved skiing, playing tennis, and visiting Margate, where he had a condo. Over the last 12 years, he and his wife, Leslie, enjoyed Atlantic City's casinos and restaurants.

In addition to his wife and son, he is survived by daughters Karyn Bennett and Holly; stepsons Kyle Mitchell and Todd Mitchell; eight grandchildren; a great-granddaughter; a sister; and many nieces and nephews.

He also is survived by his former wife of 22 years, Martina Keane Altomonte.

Services were Friday and Saturday.

Donations may be made to Einstein Montgomery Hospice, 1330 Powell St., Suite 100, Norristown, Pa. 19401.


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