David V. Pecora, M.D., born Oct. 2, 1916, died at his home in McLean, Virginia, at the age of 97 on July 24, 2014.
He and his wife, Dorothy Beavers Pecora, celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary on July 22, 2014.
Dr. Pecora was born in Yonkers to Tullia Muzi and Michael Pecora, both Italian immigrants from the near Naples. He graduated from Columbia University in 1937 and from Yale School of Medicine in 1941.
He joined, as a surgeon, the surgical service of the Army during World War II, where he met and married Dorothy Beavers, an Army nurse. He served from 1943 to 1945 in the European Theater. Upon leaving the Army, as a captain, he returned to New Haven and Uncas-on-the-Thames to complete his residency in general and thoracic surgery. He was a founding member of the American College of Thoracic Surgery and a diplomat in both general and thoracic surgery.
Much of his research and work were done in the field of tuberculosis while he was Chief of Surgery at the State Hospital at Ray Brook in the Adirondacks. Among his achievements was his development of several surgical procedures, including transtrachael aspiration. While at Ray Brook he created a Surgical Intensive Care Unit for his patients, which was among the first in the country. He is widely published and considered to be an expert in the surgical treatment of TB.
After Ray Brook closed Dr. Pecora continued to work and to do research in the Veterans Administration in Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Delaware. Eventually, he concluded his career by going into private practice in Wilmington, Delaware, where he specialized in trauma and vascular surgery. In 1998, he published an autobiography, entitled "Between the Raindrops," which discusses not only his career, but his and Dorothy's wartime experiences.
In 2007, he and Dorothy moved to McLean, Virginia, to be near their daughter Michele and her family.
His hobbies consisted of fixing cars, clocks and other mechanical devices.
He is survived by his wife, Dorothy; daughters Michele Pecora of McLean, Virginia and Ann Diamond of New Haven, Connecticut; two granddaughters, both of San Francisco, California: Vanessa Lindlaw and Melanie Loftus; and his only great-grand daughter, Katherine Blake Lindlaw of San Francisco. Of Dr. Pecora's four siblings, two remain: Mena Beasdlsley and Louise Williams of Yonkers.
He was predeceased by his brother Peter Pecora and his sister Tullia Ricci.