June 9, 2016 |
Leonard Denbo had known Eugene J. Bass since they were teenagers at Cooper B. Hatch Junior High School in Camden. And one night while they were in college - Denbo at Drexel University, Bass at Temple University - they went out on a double date at a club near the Airport Circle. After the foursome had spent a pleasant evening - especially notable since Denbo was on a blind date - the men were driving home after having dropped off the women. It was then that Bass told Denbo that he had taken a liking to Denbo's blind date.
December 13, 2012 |
Louis H. Guernsey Sr., 89, an oral and maxillofacial surgeon, died of kidney failure Thursday, Dec. 6, at a care facility in Frederick, Montgomery County, where he had gone for rehabilitation after hospitalization. Dr. Guernsey came to Philadelphia in 1973 and settled in Wayne. Several years ago, he moved to Shannondell, a retirement community in Audubon, Montgomery County. He was an internationally renowned oral surgeon, author, educator, and pioneer of treatments, but his work resonated most with those whose shattered faces he rebuilt after war wounds or other disfigurements.
December 20, 2011 |
Carmen A. Troisi Jr., 81, of Glenside, a retired oral and maxillofacial surgeon, died of cancer Thursday, Dec. 15, at his home. For more than 40 years, Dr. Troisi extracted teeth and performed surgery from offices in Chestnut Hill and on South Broad Street. His patients came from across Southeastern Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware. Dr. Troisi was frequently called upon by the Phillies, Flyers, and Eagles to perform surgery on players, fixing broken jaws and extracting teeth.
October 8, 2010 |
Peter T. Cassalia, 89, of Huntingdon Valley, an oral surgeon and decorated Korean War veteran who once foiled a bank robbery, died of pneumonia Monday, Oct. 4, at Abington Memorial Hospital. After Navy service in the United States during World War II, Dr. Cassalia was called back to duty during the Korean War and served with the Marines in a MASH unit. He was awarded a Bronze Star for heroism during the monthlong Battle of Heartbreak Ridge in 1951. Though he rarely spoke about his experiences, his comrades told his family that he had moved nine wounded men to safety under fire and manned a machine gun during an enemy attack.
August 4, 2010 |
All his professional life, Steve Moriconi, an oral surgeon with a private practice in Jenkintown, had wanted to do a medical mission, and the Haitian earthquake was the catalyst for him. He spent a week in Haiti in April. In the little town of Gressier, Moriconi, also director of the dental residency program at Abington Memorial Hospital, found a tumor ballooning in the jaw of a 31-year-old woman and took a tissue sample. But, of course, there was no working lab in the earthquake-ravaged area, so he smuggled the tissue home in his suitcase and sent it to a lab at Temple University.
November 27, 2009 |
76ers point guard Lou Williams underwent surgery yesterday morning to have his jaw wired. Williams will miss eight weeks. Early in the first quarter of Tuesday night's loss to the Washington Wizards, Williams suffered the injury in a collision with Washington forward Antawn Jamison. In that game, he played 39 minutes and scored 26 points. "I was spitting out blood every time-out, but I thought it was my tooth, so I didn't think it was as serious as it was," said Williams, who is averaging 17.4 points and 5.1 assists per game.
November 10, 2008 |
James S. Skinner, 84, formerly of Gladwyne, an oral surgeon and community activist who was an advocate for people with mental disabilities, died from complications of Alzheimer's disease Oct. 28 at Sunrise Assisted Living in Lafayette Hill. A native of Easton, Pa., Dr. Skinner graduated from Blair Academy in Blairstown, N.J. During World War II, he attended Ursinus College on a program to train future Navy officers. He remained in the Naval Reserve until 1951. After graduating from the University of Pennsylvania Dental School, he completed residencies in oral surgery at Episcopal and Presbyterian Hospitals in Philadelphia.
June 24, 2007 |
Although in his long life James L. Larson was an accomplished dentist, civic leader, craftsman and family man, perhaps he will be best remembered for his job of seeing to it that the members of the Flyers didn't lose any more teeth than they had to. Dr. Larson, 76, died June 13 of leiomyosarcoma, a rare soft-tissue cancer, at the Hospice of Lancaster County. For 11 years before his retirement in 1995, he and a friend, oral surgeon Everett Borghesani, were tasked with repairing damage to players' teeth caused by flying pucks, errant hockey sticks, and well-thrown punches.
June 16, 2006 |
Have I told you I love you today? My dad used to ask me this every morning before I went off to school. He was handsome, charming, and a true gentleman. Having grown up in the age of free love and rebellion, my dad also was wild and unpredictable. From spontaneous whipped-cream fights to screaming contests at the dinner table, he believed that childhood should be one thing and one thing only: happy. My dad would wake us up at 11 p.m. to catch the midnight showing of the Rocky Horror Picture Show on South Street.
November 1, 2001 |
A Bucks County oral surgeon who has had a history of drug abuse now faces new charges of illegally self-prescribing drugs and operating on patients while under the influence, officials said yesterday. Dr. Howard A. Novick, 48, was charged Tuesday with one count of recklessly endangering another person, three months after authorities allegedly caught the 19-year doctor high on a prescription drug, state Attorney General Mike Fisher said. Novick, authorities say, was high on Demerol after he injected himself with the drug 10 times within a 24-hour period.