Dr. John F. Gaeta, a retired Buffalo pathologist and professor, died Sunday in Ithaca. He was 76.
Dr. Gaeta lived in Williamsville before moving to Ithaca, where his son lives, four years ago.
He was born in Malaga, Spain, and graduated from the medical school at the University of Granada, Spain, and did his residency in pathology from 1960 to 1963 at the Pathology Institute at Victoria General Hospital, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia.
He continued his pathology residency from 1964 to 1966 at Roswell Park Cancer Institute and joined the staff as a research cancer pathologist in 1967.
Dr. Gaeta joined the faculty of the University at Buffalo in 1970 as an assistant clinical professor in the School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.
He served as associate chief pathologist at Roswell Park from 1969 to 1975, when he became head of surgical pathology at Buffalo General Hospital, a post he held until 1982. He served as the director for the Tissue Pathology Laboratory at Buffalo General from 1982 to 1985. In 1985, he returned to Roswell Park and served as the chief of pathology until 1990.
In 1975, he also became associate professor of pathology and in 1982 associate professor of urology at UB. He became a professor of pathology in 1980 and in 1986 a professor of urology.
Dr. Gaeta also served as an attending pathologist at Roswell Park from 1990 to 1997 and became a UB professor emeritus of pathology and urology in 1997.
He published more than 58 articles and 10 book chapters. He was passionate about teaching and won numerous teaching awards at the medical school.
Dr. Gaeta was president of the Western New York Society of Pathologists from 1978 to 1979. He also taught the urological pathology course for many years at the Cook County School of Medicine in Chicago.
Survivors include his wife of 50 years, the former Maria Gamarra; and a son, Alex.