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Columbia Missourian

Dr. Joseph Giangiacomo, 71, loved family, medical profession

By Dani Kass
March 16, 2013 | 6:17 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — The only thing Joseph Giangiacomo loved more than medicine was his family.

Dr. Giangiacomo died Tuesday, March 12, 2013, at home surrounded by family. He was 71.

He was born on July 24, 1941 in Pottstown, Pa., to Valentino and Margaret Giangiacomo. His family had immigrated to the United States from Fresagrandinaria, Abruzzi, Italy in 1929.

By 1968, Dr. Giangiacomo had graduated from St. Pius X High School, Mount St. Mary’s College of Maryland and the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. He completed his medical residency in pediatrics at St. Louis Universityin 1971 and his residency in ophthalmology at MU in 1980.

For 33 years, Dr. Giangiacomo worked as a professor of ophthalmology at the Mason Eye Institute at University Hospital. His family said he was a caring physician to thousands of patients and a proud teacher of his residents.

Dr. Giangiacomo is survived by his wife of 43 years, Beverly; his children Bart (Lisa), Amy (Allen), Annette, Damian (Carolyn), and Brett (Faye); his grandchildren, Josephine Giangiacomo, Luciano Giangiacomo Hendricks and Deborah, Swezen, and Erica Kizito; his brothers Anthony Giangiacomo and Donald Giangiacomo; and his aunt Mary (Giangiacomo) Finn.

His sister Marie Vivian Giangiacomo; uncles John, father Tosello and William; and aunt Florence died earlier.  

A service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 23 at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, 903 Bernadette Dr. His interment will be later this summer in Pennsylvania.

In lieu of flowers, Dr. Giangiacomo requested donations be made to the Giangiacomo Endowment in Ophthalmology (address: Mason Eye Institute, Joseph Giangiacomo MD Endowment, One Hospital Drive DC052.11, Columbia, MO 65212).

Supervising editor is Emilie Stigliani.