Jorge A. Torretti (85), retired Associate Professor of Pharmacology & Medicine and of Anesthesiology at SUNY Upstate Medical University, passed away the morning of July 31, 2019.
Jorge was born in Santiago, Chile the second child of Roberto Torretti Rivera and Valentina Edwards Halle. He is survived by his wife of over 61 years, Patricia Z. Torretti; four children, M. Pia Torretti Gekas (Dimitri) of Falls Church, VA, George I. Torretti (Wesley) of Boca Raton, FL, Philip B. Torretti of Syracuse, NY, and Robert P. Torretti of New York, NY; and three grandchildren, Maria Pia Gekas of Los Angeles, CA, Austin F. Torretti, serving in the Peace Corps in Senegal, and Rylie J. Torretti of Boca Raton, FL. He is also survived by his older brother, Roberto Torretti (Carla Cordua), of Santiago, Chile; and many cousins.
Jorge arrived to Syracuse, New York in 1972 as an Associate Professor of Pharmacology & Medicine at Upstate, where he spent the balance of his career, and joined the faculty of the Department of Anesthesiology after serving a residency in the department from 1981 to 1983. Previously, he served as a Visiting Assistant Professor from 1968 to 1970, and Visiting Associate Professor from 1970 to 1971 both at Yale Medical School, and on the Faculty of the Universidad de Chile from 1957 to 1971, finishing as Professor of Physiology and Associate Professor of Medicine. Jorge graduated from The Grange School in Santiago in 1949, and received his medical degree from the Universidad de Chile, School of Medicine in 1957. He completed a Research Fellowship in Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics at the Johns Hopkins University Medical School, and then in Internal Medicine at Yale University Medical School from 1959 to 1961, as a Rockefeller Foundation Fellow. In the community, he served on the board and as president of the American Heart Association of Central New York, was a regular member of the congregation of Holy Cross Church in DeWitt, and loved spending time with his family and friends sailing at Willow Bank Yacht Club in Cazenovia.
A memorial service will be held later in 2019. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in honor of Jorge A. Torretti, MD, to the Upstate Cancer Center at 750 East Adams Street, Syracuse, New York 13210, USA.
Arrangements are with Fairchild & Meech DeWitt Chapel.