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Dr. August A. Bruno Sr., obstetrician, gynecologist Aug. 24, 1927 -- Feb. 3, 2006

Dr. August AndrewBruno Sr. of Amherst, a retired obstetrician and gynecologist who delivered an estimated 10,000 babies during his career, died Friday in Mercy Hospital after a brief illness. He was 78.

A lifelong Buffalo-area resident, Dr. Bruno grew up on Buffalo's East Side, where he attended School 6 and graduated from Technical High School.

He earned both his undergraduate and medical degrees from the University of Buffalo. Because he completed his undergraduate studies in just three years, he was the youngest member of his medical school class.

After his internship in medicine at Edward J. Meyer Memorial Hospital, Dr. Bruno served in the Air Force as a medical captain, stationed in Wiesbaden, West Germany, from 1953 to 1955.

After his military service, Dr. Bruno practiced general medicine for several years. He went on to complete a second residency in obstetrics and gynecology at the University at Buffalo and served as the chief resident in obstetrics and gynecology at Meyer Memorial. He also completed a fellowship in breast and gynecologic oncology at Roswell Park Cancer Institute.

He was a clinical assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the University at Buffalo.

Dr. Bruno's primary affiliation was with Mercy Hospital, where he served as chairman of the department of obstetrics and gynecology from 1990 through 1996. He and his staff are credited with revitalizing and developing the Mercy Hospital OB/GYN Center. He served as the director of the center from 1984 through 1997.

He also practiced at several other area hospitals, including Sisters, Deaconess, Women and Children's and Buffalo General.

An independent medical practitioner for most of his 50-year career, Dr. Bruno was joined in practice by his son, Dr. August A. Bruno Jr. of Orchard Park, also an obstetrician and gynecologist, in 1995.

He was a fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology and a member of the Medical Society of the State of New York, Erie County Medical Society, the American Medical Association, Buffalo Gynecologic and Obstetric Society and the Baccelli Medical Society. In 2001, he was honored by the Baccelli Society for 50 years of service.

A childhood trumpet player, Dr. Bruno was a music fan, especially of jazz, big band, classical and Italian opera. He recently began teaching himself to play piano. He also enjoyed tennis, photography and was an accomplished chess player and a connoisseur of Italian wine.

In addition to his son, survivors include his wife of 43 years, the former Patricia Elaine Anzalone; three daughters, Claire B. Bacon of Williamsville, Dr. Claudia B. Fish of Watertown and Elaine B. Vukelic of Saratoga Springs; a sister, Julie Izzio of Manchester, N.J.; and seven grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Saturday in St. Benedict Catholic Church, 1317 Eggert Road at Main Street, Eggertsville. Prayers will be said at 9 in Dengler & Roberts Funeral Home, 8630 Transit Road, East Amherst. Burial will be in Forest Lawn.

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