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Professor Emeritus Frank M. Ferraro Dies

Professor Emeritus Frank M. Ferraro Dies

For 50 years, Frank M. Ferraro, Ph.D., taught medical, pharmacy, graduate, nursing and dental students at Creighton University. The Omaha native died May 22. He was 95.

After returning from military duty in 1946, Ferraro, a 1941 graduate of what was then Creighton Universityís College of Pharmacy, was hired to teach in the college. For the next 10 years, Ferraro taught in the pharmacy school. During that time he earned a masterís degree from Creighton and began his Ph.D. at the University of Southern California, taking summer courses.

After completing his Ph.D. and residency in Southern California, he returned to Creighton as an assistant professor in the school of medicine, specializing in Medical Microbiology. He was later promoted to associate professor and in 1979, was named professor emeritus. He served two years as associate director and one year as acting chair of what was then the Department of Medical Microbiology.

His students enjoyed Ferraro as much as he enjoyed teaching them and in 1972 he received the Golden Apple Award for outstanding teaching presented by the medical students and in 1973 the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Student Award for Teaching, selected by students university-wide.

Ferraro, a recipient of the bronze star for meritorious service during WWII, remained active in the Army Reserves, attaining the rank of major.

He was preceded in death by his wife Angeline. He is survived by his children and their spouses, Frank Jr. and Angie Ferraro of Omaha, and Mary and Vince Scarpello of Omaha; grandchildren and spouses, Frank III and Lisa Ferraro, Sam and Jeana Ferraro, Teresa and Dan Sindelar, Maria and Andrea Scarpello; five great grandchildren.

The visitation begins at Wednesday 4 p.m. followed by the wake service at 7 p.m., at John a Gentleman Mortuaries 72nd Street Chapel. Services are Thursday at 10 a.m. at St. Johnís Church on the Creighton campus.

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