Dr. Douglas Passaro, 43, UIC infectious disease expert
Dr. Douglas Passaro, 43, an associate professor of epidemiology at the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health, died suddenly at his Oak Park home April 18, 2005.
According to UIC, Dr. Passaro was at the forefront of state and city efforts to prepare the public health system for rapid response to terrorist or biohazard events. He was also working to conquer the bacteria that causes stomach disease.
An outbreak investigator with the Epidemic Intelligence Service for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention before completing an Infectious Diseases Fellowship at Stanford University in 2001, he directed California's Unexplained Critical Illness and Death Project and developed an interest in the role of non-traditional surveillance systems in protecting the public's health.
Joining the UIC School of Public Health the week before the World Trade Center bombings, he served briefly as bioterrorism coordinator for the Illinois Department of Public Health following the outbreak of mail-associated anthrax later that year.
In 2003, he led a team of faculty and students participating in TOPOFF 2, the largest terrorism exercise ever conducted in the U.S., which tested response capabilities at the city, county, and state levels, identifying system gaps.
According to Susan Scrimshaw, dean of the UIC School of Public Health,
"Doug Passaro was a superb educator, colleague and friend. He cared passionately about giving our students the skills and experience they need to serve the public. He was a rapidly rising star researcher as well, bringing great expertise to our faculty and to public health in Illinois."
Dr. Craig S. Conover, medical director of the infectious disease division of the IDPH said, "We all loved him for his wit, intelligence and irreverence."
Jeannette Tandez, a former member of Passaro's student research team, said, "Dr. Passaro always extended himself for students, whether it was challenging us in the classroom or finding us real-world opportunities to increase our knowledge of public health. He was my mentor and my friend."
In Oak Park, he served on the curriculum committee of Intercultura Montessori School, which his two daughters attended.
His wife Sherry said Oak Parkers would knew Doug better as "a great dad who was good with his kids. He was an absent-minded professor type, very funny, a great guy." He was also an avid amateur musician who played bass guitar.
Doug graduated from Highland Park High School and Stanford University, then served in the Peace Corps where he taught science to high school students in Swaziland. He met his wife, Sherry, at Northwestern University's medical school.
Doug Passaro is survived by his wife, Sherry Nordstrom, and his daughters, Natalie and Gina; his parents, Lanny Passaro and Cindy Passaro; his sisters, Michele (Andy) Singer and Leslie (Chip) Lyon; his stepmother, Terry Passaro, and stepsister, Tracey Miller.
A memorial service was held April 22 at Pilgrim Congregational Church in Oak Park. A memorial fund has been established, and gifts may be sent to: UIF Douglas Passaro Fund, University of Illinois Foundation, Harker Hall, MC 386, 1305 W. Green St., Urbana, Ill. 61801-2962.
Barbara Feldt, 64, executive secretary, Archdiocese of Chicago
Barbara Feldt, 64, of Oak Park, died of a heart attack April 15, 2005 at West Suburban Hospital.
Born in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, she met and married her husband, Larry, while attending Northern Michigan University in Marquette. The couple moved to Oak Park in 1963, and Mrs. Feldt became actively involved in St. Catherine/St. Lucy parish.
When her children were older, she earned an associate's degree at Triton College, then became an administrative assistant at the Illinois Academy of Family Practice in Oak Brook. From 1987 to 2002, she worked as executive secretary in the office for ecumenical and interreligious affairs at the Archdiocese of Chicago. After retiring, she became restless and went back to work this past October as a receptionist with the West Suburban Special Recreation Association.
Mrs. Feldt and her husband enjoyed traveling around the U.S.
Barbara Feldt is survived by her husband, Larry; her children, Debbie Bates, Cindy Turgeon, Lauren Jr. and Stephen; her father, Bill O'Connell; her brother, Bill; her sisters, Judy Warner and Kelly O'Connell; and five grandchildren.
Funeral Mass was celebrated April 21 at St. Catherine/St. Lucy Church. Arrangements were handled by Drechsler, Brown & Williams Funeral Home.
Raymond Glorioso, 60, travel agent, auto parts dealer, family man
Raymond P. Glorioso, 60, of Lisle, formerly of Oak Park, died April 23, 2005 following a battle with cancer.
Mr. Glorioso lived most of his life in Oak Park. He attended Mann Elementary School and graduated from Oak Park and River Forest High School. Despite a background in engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology, he owned his own travel agency for 20 years, and then sold auto parts, a job he happily shared with his constant companion Bailey (his dog). Ray traveled extensively, often with those he loved, always taking something away from the place he visited so he could share it with others.
His interests were varied. He loved to sail, refurbish antique cars, golf, and spend time with the people he loved. He also participated in various clubs and organizations, including serving as vice president of the Chicagoland MG Club, participating in the Italian American Club, and serving on the board of Villa Scallabrini. Ray was always willing to help others, those he knew well and those he barely knew. He loved his family, lived his life to the fullest, and touched many people's lives. To honor his life, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society. His most cherished possession was his family.
Ray Glorioso was the husband of Maureen, whom he called the love of his life; the father of John (Tutka), Chris (Nicole), and Margaret Glorioso, and Rachel and Bobby (fiancée Emily Vonderhaar) Piszczor; the son of Mary (nee Ziino) and the late Salvatore Glorioso; son-in-law of Bernice and the late Robert Murphy; and special son-in-law of Joseph and Catherine Piszczor; the brother of Charles (Ronnie), Theo (Jeff) South, and Gina (Anthony) Ordonez; brother-in-law of Deborah (the late Robert) Schubert and Thomas (Suzanne) Murphy; and the uncle of many.
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