In Loving Memory of Dr. Ronald P. Portanova

Dr. Ronald P. Portanova

Dr. Ronald P. Portanova

East Stroudsburg, PA July 4, 1940 ~ July 15, 2016 Date of Service: July 18, 2016

Dr. Ronald P. Portanova, 76, East Stroudsburg, passed away Friday morning in the PHS/VNA Hospice Care Center in East Stroudsburg surrounded by his family. His wife is the former Tara Greco, Long Island, NY. 

Born in Dunmore, he was the son of the late Dominick and Margaret Bartel Portanova. He graduated magna cum laude from the University of Scranton and earned his doctorate from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine.  Prior to retirement, he served as Dean of Academic Affairs at the New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine, having also served as interim dean of the medical school. 

Throughout his esteemed academic career, he made great strides as a research scientist and was a major contributor to countless medical text books and journals. 

Also surviving are daughters, René Portanova and her partner Brian Cali, Clarks Summit, Kimberly Feibus and husband Richard, Clarks Summit, four grandchildren, Katherine and Gabrielle Durr, and Benjamin and Isabella Feibus, and his former wife, Margo Portanova, Dunmore.

He was preceded in death by a daughter, Dominique Portanova,a sister Dolores Portanova, and a brother, Retired Air Force General Thomas Portanova.

A funeral Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Monday at 11:30am in St. Gregory’s Church 330 North Abington Road in Clarks Summit. Interment will follow the mass at Mount Carmel Cemetery in Dunmore. 

Friends may call at the church Monday from 10am until the time of mass.

Arrangements entrusted to the Carlucci-Golden-DeSantis Funeral Home Inc.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made in Ronald’s name to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital or to St. Ann’s Basilica.

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TONY CALI
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Reply #12 on : Fri August 05, 2016, 13:58:51
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Dear Renee, Very sorry about your father.
Ibrahima Goudiaby DO
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Condolences
Reply #11 on : Wed July 20, 2016, 19:13:02
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Dr. Portanova made a big impact in the DPC program at NYCOM /NYIT and he will be dearly missed. He was my group facilitator during my 1st year and I am very thankful for his guidance that lead to successful completion of the program. My deepest sympathy and sincere condolences to his family. Dr. Portanova has left us, but he will forever remain an iconic figure of NYCOM.
Chip Rogers
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RON PORTANOVA
Reply #10 on : Wed July 20, 2016, 17:14:40
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He was a friend and a colleague at the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine. His honesty, humor and intellect will be missed.

May God always be good to Ron!

Chip Rogers
Athens, Ohio
Joseph Rinaggio
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An Old Friend
Reply #9 on : Wed July 20, 2016, 14:59:48
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In loving memory of a good friend and confidant. We grew up together,went to Jr.High,High School, the University of Scranton and I was in your wedding party in Dunmore,Pa. We moved to different states and lost contact until about 2 years ago,just prior to your retirement. I was unaware of your illness. I thought of you often over the years. I miss you already and often think of the old days when we were young and carefree. Rest in peace,my friend-you made a difference in many lives, including mine. Joe.
Peter Bell, DO
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Wondeful Counselor
Reply #8 on : Wed July 20, 2016, 13:41:56
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Ron and I spent many hours together sharing stories and envisioning a better future. He was a great teacher and counselor.
Dellene Troy
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Dr. Ronald Portanova
Reply #7 on : Mon July 18, 2016, 13:35:24
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Dr. Portanova will be missed. He will always be a mentor of mine. Extremely kind, brilliant, and sincere man. It was an honor to have known him. Condolences to his family.
Abraham Jeger
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Dr. Ronald Portanova -- a passionate colleague
Reply #6 on : Mon July 18, 2016, 11:11:55
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It was a privilege to work with you during the last phase of your illustrious career, at NYITCOM. Your passion to enhance medical education was unparalleled. I especially miss our early career reminiscing. Tara, stay strong and "bottle" the fond memories!
Abe
Michelle Dail
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In memory
Reply #5 on : Sun July 17, 2016, 18:59:14
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Rest in Peace, Uncle Ronnie.
Jack Maruschak & wife Ann
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Loss of a Friend
Reply #4 on : Sun July 17, 2016, 09:52:27
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Going to miss you my friend....we've been geographically separated for many years...but our friendship and the great memories we shared have never waned.....I know you're now in a better place, rest in peace Dr;.....your legacy lives on!
Thomas Wagner
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Dr. Ronald Portanova
Reply #3 on : Sat July 16, 2016, 19:13:41
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I am fortunate to have been a long time friend and colleague of Ron. For nearly 40 years I enjoyed the friendship of this man who was one of the most intelligent, caring and thoughtful people I have ever known. As a scientist and medical educator he stood out among his peers as a giant. As a friend he was special beyond measure. I will miss Ron and think of him throughout the remainder if my life.
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