Dr. Robert Virginius Minervini, 92

November 29, 2009

JAN. 4, 1917-NOV. 21, 2009

Dr. Robert Virginius Minervini, 92, of Hagerstown, Md., died Saturday, Nov. 21, 2009, at his home in Hagerstown.

Born Jan. 4, 1917, in New York City, he was the son of the late Virginio Giovanni and Lucia Cecilia (Pistilli) Minervini. He was the husband of Doris Anne (Nolan) Minervini of Hagerstown, whom he married July 11, 1971.

The family moved to Yonkers, N.Y., in 1920 after his father resigned from the Regular Army and established a medical practice. Robert was educated in the Yonkers Public School System and graduated from Columbia College in New York City in 1938.

After graduating from Columbia, Robert was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve. Upon entering medical school at the University of Maryland in Baltimore, Md., he resigned his Marine Corps commission and entered the Naval Reserve. Graduating from medical school in 1942, he was commissioned a lieutenant j.g. in the U.S. Navy Medical Corps. While traveling from Norfolk to Bizerte, Robert earned a battle star when his convoy came under air and U-boat attack off Oran. He also saw action in the invasions at Anzio, Elba and Southern France. In 1946, he was honorably discharged from the Navy as a full lieutenant with three Battle Stars from the European Theater of Operations.


After the war, Robert took surgical training at the New York Medical College, where he later was an assistant professor of surgery. As a board-certified surgeon, Robert served as director of surgery and chief of staff at Yonkers General Hospital. He also was chief of surgery at St. John's Hospital, Yonkers, and an assistant attending surgeon at Flower, Fifth Avenue and Metropolitan hospitals in New York City. Robert was a member of the American College of Surgeons and was the first physician elected to the lay board at Yonkers General Hospital. He was a past president of the Yonkers Academy of Medicine, the Westchester Surgical Society, the Rx Club and the Practitioners Club. Robert retired from active practice in 1982 and moved to Hagerstown. In retirement, he was a member of the Antietam Photographic Society and the Hagerstown Users Group, a local computer club.

In addition to his wife, Doris, Robert is survived by one son, Robert W. Minervini of New Paltz, N.Y.; one daughter, Kathryn S. Minervini of Cortland, N.Y.; one stepdaughter, Jill Danskin of New Jersey; two grandchildren, Ursula W. Minervini of Baltimore and Robert W. Minervini of New Paltz; one stepgranddaughter, Dawn Benson of Florida, two brothers, Alfred Minervini of Scarsdale, N.Y., and Eugene Minervini of Stuart, Fla.; and one sister, Mary Renaldi of Braintree, Mass.

Graveside services will be Jan. 29, 2010, at 3 p.m. in Arlington (Va.) National Cemetery with full military honors. There will be no local services as per his desire.

The family suggests memorial contributions may be made in his name to the charity of one's choice.

Gerald N. Minnich Funeral Home, Bryan K. Kenworthy P.A., 305 N. Potomac St., Hagerstown, has been entrusted with the arrangements. Online condolences are accepted at

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