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Dr. Joseph A. Accardo, 89, Niagara Falls dentist active in professional organizations

April 25, 1929 – July 18, 2018

Dr. Joseph A. Accardo, a Niagara Falls dentist active in local, state and national professional associations, died Wednesday in Ephrata, Pa., after a brief illness. He was 89.

Born in Niagara Falls, Joseph Anthony Accardo was a 1956 graduate of the Marquette University School of Dentistry. After serving in the Air Force for two years, he began his practice in Niagara Falls. He retired in 2010.

Dr. Accardo was president of the Niagara County Dental Society and the Eighth District Dental Society. He became chairman of the New York State Dental Association’s Council on Dental Laboratory Relations, then served six years as the American Dental Association’s Council on Prosthetic Services and Dental Laboratory Relations, two of them as chairman.

He was a member of the ADA Speakers Bureau on Illegal Dentistry. He also served for seven years on the New York State Dental Association Board of Governors. In 1969, he was one of the founders of the Empire Dental Political Action Committee.

His many awards included the ADA’s Presidential Citation for his contributions to the dental profession, the New York State Dental Association’s Distinguished Service Award and the Eighth District Dental Society’s Dentist of the Year Award.

The Eighth District Dental Society has established a scholarship in his name. In 2007, he became the second recipient of the Eighth District’s Dr. Harvey D. Sprowl Leadership Award.

His wife of 58 years, the former Antoinette Rangatore, a dental hygienist, died in 2009.

Survivors include a son, Frank; four grandsons; and a great-grandson.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at noon Wednesday in Holy Family Parish at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, 27th Street and Independence Avenue, Niagara Falls.

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