Dr. Frank T. Riforgiato, 87, who practiced medicine on Buffalo's West Side for 46 years, died unexpectedly Friday (Oct. 26, 2001) in Sisters Hospital.
Riforgiato was born in Buffalo in 1913 and attended elementary schools in the city, including School 3, where he won the Jesse Ketchum Medal when he was in seventh grade.
He attended Canisius High School, graduating in 1931, and then went on to Canisius College, earning a bachelor's degree in 1935.
Riforgiato spent the next four years studying medicine at the University of Buffalo and graduated from UB's Medical School in 1939. He interned at Sisters Hospital in 1939 and 1940 and did his medical residency at E.J. Meyer Memorial Hospital in 1940 and 1941.
During World War II, Riforgiato served in the Army, rising to the rank of captain, he was stationed in Surinam, South America, from 1941 to 1943, and also was based at Camp Butner in North Carolina and hospitals and clinics in Kansas, including the Menninger Clinic.
After returning to Buffalo, Riforgiato practiced general family medicine for 46 years on the lower West Side of the city. He retired just a few years ago.
"He probably delivered about half the babies in Buffalo during the baby boom," said his son Francis Riforgiato.
Riforgiato was associated with Sisters and Columbus hospitals.
He was an active member of the Baccelli Medical Club, American Medical Association and the medical societies of both Erie County and New York State. He was a fellow of the American Academy of Family Practitioners.
Riforgiato was also a past member of the Buffalo Athletic Club and a member of the James Platt White Society, an organization for alumni of UB Medical School.
Besides his wife of 60 years, the former Mary Cecina Gallo, survivors include two daughters, Margaret Mary Rumunno of Conway, N.H., and Mary Frances Nagel of Gilmanton, N.H.; three sons, Leonard of Miami, Philip of Eggertsville and Francis of the Town of Tonawanda; a brother, John of Amherst; and six grandchildren.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Wednesday in St. Mark's Catholic Church, 401 Woodward Ave., following prayers at 9:15 in Amigone Funeral Home, 1132 Delaware Ave.