Dr. Arthur O. Pellicane, 93, passed away on November 19, 2022. He was born on November 10, 1929, in Brooklyn, New York, to Nancy and John Pellicane. He graduated from St. John’s College and attended medical school in Rome, Italy, earning his medical degree in 1958 and later becoming a Diplomate of the American Board of Ophthalmology. He was in private practice from 1961-1994 in Queens, New York, and served as the Director of Ophthalmology at Flushing Hospital Medical Center from 1977-1994, while residing in Manhasset, New York.
In addition, he introduced the intra-ocular lens implant to Flushing Hospital in 1976. He was instrumental in acquiring a Phacoemulsification unit in 1988. Both of these procedures revolutionized the ability to perform cataract surgery on an outpatient basis.
Dr. Pellicane was a long-time member of the Christian Ophthalmology Society, where he served as the Secretary and Publisher of the newsletter. He also did medical missionary work at the Lighthouse for Christ in Mombasa, Kenya.
Dr. Pellicane traveled extensively with his family. His favorite city to visit was Florence, Italy, where he would drop back into speaking Italian with ease. He would spend time with his children sailing, ice skating, engaging in projects around the house, and teaching each of them how to drive. He was an avid reader and taught himself art restoration, restoring dozens of oil paintings over the years.
He is survived by his wife Marilyn, to whom he was married 61 years, as well as their four children; Paul, John, Cindy, and James, their spouses, and five grandchildren.
A Celebration of Life service will be held at The Settlement at Powhatan Creek Clubhouse, 4000 River Moor, Williamsburg, VA 23188 on December 3, 2022, at 11:00 AM. Nelsen Funeral home is handling the funeral arrangements.