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Dr. Donald L. Barone, vascular surgery specialist ; March 9, 1926 -- Dec. 28, 2010

Dr. Donald L. Barone, a prominent Buffalo surgeon, died Tuesday in Hospice Buffalo, Cheektowaga, after a brief illness. He was 84.

Dr. Barone, who specialized in vascular surgery, maintained a practice for more than 40 years and served for more than 25 years on the staff of Buffalo Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

Born in Buffalo, he graduated from Lafayette High School in 1944 and enlisted in the Navy. He served aboard the USS Missouri as a hospital corpsman during the peak of the war in the Pacific and endured a kamikaze attack on the ship.

Returning from service, he earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Buffalo and completed UB Medical School in 1951. In addition to the VA Medical Center, he was affiliated with Sisters Hospital, St. Joseph Hospital, the former Deaconess Hospital and the former Lafayette General Hospital.

Dr. Barone became a clinical instructor in surgery at UB Medical School in 1972 and taught for more than 20 years. He particularly enjoyed mentoring young medical students.

Surviving are his wife of 59 years, the former Isabelle Russell; a son, Donald A.; and three daughters, Susan Walsh, Linda Dougherty and Nancy Long.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9:30 a.m. Monday in St. Louis Church, Main and Edward streets.

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