Dr. Anthony A. Vito, professor emeritus in the School of Dental Medicine, passed away from heart failure on November 10. He was 83 years old.
Dr. Vito’s career at Penn spanned over four decades, joining the Dental School’s faculty in 1962. Dr. Vito had been a professor in the department of periodontics and had also served as associate dean for clinical affairs from 1970 to 1980. He retired in 1996 but continued working at the University.
Born in Philadelphia, Dr. Vito attended St. Joseph’s College and then earned degrees from Penn’s Dental School, D’53 GD’66. He served in World War II in the Army Infantry in Europe and was awarded a Purple Heart for his service.
Dr. Vito is survived by his wife, Alexandra MacDonald; daughters, Cynthia Manning, Mary Hicks and Linda Reilly; sons, James D’84 GD’87 GD’90, Robert and Kenneth; and grandchildren, Jackie and Tommie Manning; Jonathan, Christopher, and Alex Hicks; Philip, Stephanie, Kayla, and Colleen Reilly; Julia Vito; Allee and Matthew Vito; and his sister, Theresa Filips.
Contributions may be made to the Department of Periodontics at the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine, 240 S. 40th St., Philadelphia, PA 19104.