Anthony DiMango, a longtime resident of Dyker Heights and a revered oral surgeon, died on May 31. He was 95 years old.
DiMango reigned over Brooklyn dentistry, working as a surgeon and a professor for more than 50 years. In addition to his private practice in Bay Ridge, DiMango served as a senior vice president, chief of dentistry, and co-director of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at Lutheran Medical Center (LMC), now NYU Lagone, for decades.
DiMango also taught oral surgery at Columbia Prebystrian and NYU Lutheran, and was an active member of several dental societies, including the 2nd district dental society, the Greater New York Dental Meeting, and the Italian Dental Society.
DiMango was born in Flatbush on May 21, 1924. In 1944, he was drafted to serve in World War II, where he received medical training and worked with wounded soldiers. Upon returning from the war, DiMango attended Fordham University and graduated from the Georgetown University School of Dentistry in 1953. He received his training in oral surgery at King’s County Hospital.
“He was brilliant, warm, caring,” said his daughter, Justice Patricia DiMango.
In 1950, DiMango married Mafalda Coccaro, a longtime community and education advocate in Dyker Heights who died in August 2018. The couple gave birth to two daughters, Patricia and Joanne.
“He never made me feel that because I was a girl I couldn’t do something,” Patricia DiMango said. “I have to attribute my success in life to him.”
She added that DiMango’s legacy will live on not only as an influential educator, but as a kind and well-grounded role model.
“He taught me to love what you’re doing and do what you love,” Patricia DiMango said. “He was the quintessential gentleman.”
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