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Dr. Robert G La Camera

Born: Tue., Mar. 9, 1926
Died: Fri., Oct. 8, 2021


4:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Fri., Oct. 15, 2021
9:00 AM to 10:00 AM, Sat., Oct. 16, 2021
Location: Celentano Funeral Home

Funeral Service

10:00 AM Sat., Oct. 16, 2021
Location: Celentano Funeral Home

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Dr. Robert George La Camera, retired New Haven Pediatrician, passed away peacefully and in comfort on October 8, 2021 at 95 years old. He was born in Warren, Ohio, the second of identical twin sons of Miriam Geis La Camera and Dr. Frank La Camera.
Dr. La Camera attended the U of Cincinnati with a pre-med major, then volunteered for the US Navy. He was stationed in Rochester, NY where he met his future wife, Jean Mariah Cobb. He was reassigned back to the U of Cincinnati for medical school where he “fell in love with Pediatrics”. Upon completing his internship he volunteered as a physician for active duty in the US Naval Reserves, then completed two years of a pediatric residency at the Children’s Hospital of Louisville, KY. To obtain more training he accepted a fellowship in general pediatrics and pediatric cardiology at Yale New Haven Hospital.
Following his fellowship Dr. La Camera was asked by Dr. Morris Wessel to join his well-known New Haven practice (they made house calls) where both physicians also volunteered in hospital clinics and community-based medical programs. Dr. La Camera attended the Pediatric Cardiac Clinic, was Medical Director of Easter Seals Goodwill Industries Rehabilitation Center, Medical Director of Benhaven, medical advisor to Area Cooperative Education Services (ACES), and Medical Director of the Spina Bifida Program at Yale New Haven Hospital. He served on 4 national American Heart Association committees, the national Children’s with Disabilities Committee of the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the Connecticut state Birth-to-Three Council for children with special needs. He was also faculty of Yale Schools of Medicine and Nursing, and was appointed Associate Chief of Staff for the Department of Pediatrics at Yale New Haven Hospital and President, Medical Staff, Hospital Board. In addition, he was the recipient of numerous awards, including the Carnegie Medal for Heroism.
Outside of his medical practice Dr. La Camera was an avid singer in the choir of First & Summerfield United Methodist Church in New Haven, where he was also a faithful member, and for over 50 years, was a member of the University Men’s Glee Club chorus.  He served on the Board of East Rock Institute which provides intercultural experiences. For over 15 years Dr. La Camera participated in the Peace Vigil which was held every Monday at 12 Noon on the steps of First & Summerfield United Methodist Church, praying for an end to war and for peace in the world. He and his wife, Jean, traveled both in and outside of the USA, enjoying over 18 Elderhostel programs, and numerous road trips. He also enjoyed gardening at his plot in the Community Gardens at Edgerton Park, and then at Whitney Center in Hamden where he and his wife moved on 2006. At Whitney Center, he continued his love of music as the head of the Music Committee and member of the Residence Council.
Dr. La Camera was a kind, gentle, caring and compassionate man, and this was reflected in his love of children and their families. He touched numerous lives, gave parents confidence in their parenting abilities and skills, and was a champion for those who needed someone in their corner. He was a great man who led a life of selfless love of others.
Dr. La Camera is survived by his daughters, Patricia La Camera Guida (Paul) and Ann La Camera (Joseph Sacco). He is pre-deceased by his wife, Jean Mariah Cobb La Camera, and his twin brother, Dr. Frank La Camera.
The family will receive friends at the Celentano Funeral Home, 424 Elm St., New Haven CT Friday from 4-7 PM and Saturday from 9-10 AM followed by a funeral service at 10:00. Interment will follow in Mt. Carmel Cemetery. To leave a condolence please visit www.celentanofuneralhome.com.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in his honor to the Responsible Parenting Fund of the Community Foundation of Greater New Haven, which is available on line at the Community Foundation website, or the La Camera-Geis Music Fund of First & Summerfield Uniter Methodist Church, 425 College St, New Haven, CT 06511.

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Geoffrey Miller
   Posted Mon October 11, 2021
Thank you Bob, for all your selfless love, friendship, care, and giving. The Good Doctor personified.
Geoffrey Miller
Professor Emeritus of Pediatrics
Yale School of Medicine

Marianne Fiocca-Stern
   Posted Mon October 11, 2021
Dear Family,

What a beautiful tribute to celebrate the life of a truly remarkable man. Drew cherishes the memory of your visit to Rochester with him and we will always remember your Dad's passion for ice cream! Our love to Ann and Patty. You were blessed with an amazing Mother and Father. With Love, Marianne & Andrew

   Posted Mon October 11, 2021

Blooming Blues was sent by El-Hang and Namsoo.

Dear Patty and family, We pray for peace and comfort for you and your family. The gentle soul of your father will always be in our hearts. The Lord bless you and keep you in His loving grace. El-Hang and Namsoo

Patricia Worthy
   Posted Tue October 12, 2021
Patty and Ann, Dr. LaCamera was a truly wonderful man who will live on in my and my family’s memories forever. Your Dad was pediatrician for my Stuart and then for his children. I’ll never forget his calm and caring nature and his ability to use humor to put you at ease and reassure you when you’re learning to be a parent. He was truly a great doctor. And in later years, it was so special when through our friendship Ann, I had the opportunity to know him better and spend some wonderful and fun times with him and your mother.
I am so sorry for your loss and sadness at this time, but I believe as you grieve for your dad, memories of him and knowing that he is with your Mom will give you comfort and bring a smile.
Pat Worthy

Patricia Miller
   Posted Tue October 12, 2021
My condolences go to the family of one of the kindest people I have ever met.
He will be missed by all the people whose lives he touched.

Barbara Cobb Memory
   Posted Tue October 12, 2021
To Patty, Ann, and Family,
Bob and Jean lived with such amazing enthusiasm, curiosity, energy, commitment, and, most of all, love for people. Bob was as devoted to your Mom's Cobb side of the family as to his own. They never failed to visit us Cobb girls in MD, NC, WI, and MI, and kept up on all the family doings. Their music, politics, and service are an inspiration to me. I'm filled with gratitude for Bob and Jean's lives and their life together with Patty, Ann, and mates. Love, Barbara Cobb Memory (my Dad Clint Cobb was Jean's cousin)

Ann Ruggiero
   Posted Tue October 12, 2021
To the family of dr Lacamera . This was a wonderful, caring, compassionate man . There are not enough words for the respect I have for him . He was ahead of his time . He even came with us to Philadelphia to visit Doman and Delacato for “patterning” program . May he Rest In Peace. Love and respect
Ann Lisa and Larry Ruggiero jr.

Lori Hamilton Ricks Bowles
   Posted Tue October 12, 2021
Dear Ann and family
Please accept my deepest condolences. May your cherished memories of your Father bring joy to your hearts. Please know that I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers.

Anita (Thamel) Piotrowski
   Posted Tue October 12, 2021
Dr La Camera was my pediatrician when I was a child growing up in New Haven.
I always remembered him as reassuring, gentle, and kind. What a surprised when my mom was living at Whitney Center and I was able to met him again after 50 years ! Thank you for all you did for the greater New Haven community over so many years. Condolences to the family.
Anita Thamel

Tassoula Nicolaou-Jones
   Posted Wed October 13, 2021
Dr. La Camera will be missed by all who knew him. He was my pediatrician for many years. I often called on his expertise for a lot of issues as I grew up. I Love you Dr. La Camera and your family. You welcomed our family into not only the church but your heart. My deepest condolences go out to the family. Love Hazel Pappas, Tassoula Nicolaou-Jones, Cassandra Pappas Juliet Smith, Photis Nicolaou, and Markos Pappas. I'm not going to say it gets easier each day, because I'm still in mourning and it hasn't gotten easier for me. I said goodbye to my husband in January. We have to cherish all the good and the bad memories because that's what will get us through these times. Be strong and know we all Love you all and the Great Dr. La Camera.

Attilio V. Granata, MD
   Posted Wed October 13, 2021
I am truly saddened at the loss of this wonderful physician and human being. There is literally no one like him, and there never will be. He and his partners took wonderful care of our 4 children, and I will never forget him. Thank you very sincerely for being here, Bob. And my sincerest condolences to his family.

Attilio V. Granata

Diana Fiocca Marshall
   Posted Wed October 13, 2021
Dear Patty and Ann,
Cousin Bob was an amazing man whose unfailing kindness and generosity helped to make our family more special. He and your mom were always so thoughtful to mom, especially during her lengthy illness and he was always willing to listen and offer his assistance. I will always remember his gentle manner and humility. Your loss is deeply felt and Scott and I wish you peace during this time. Much love to you both.
Diana and Scott Marshall

Hesung Koh
   Posted Wed October 13, 2021

Eternity Wreath was sent by East Rock Institute.

From the East Rock Institute with deep appreciation and condolences to the family

lorraine f. roseman
   Posted Thu October 14, 2021
I was very sadden to hear of the passing of our beloved friend Dr. La Camera. He and his wife Jean were special people to those of us that knew them. They were a loving, compassionate and caring couple who made you smile just by being with them. Their love of travel, singing and quilting were amazing. I miss Jean very much and hope Bob will join her in peace. Gone but not forgotten


Lorraine & Joel

Alice Ridgway
   Posted Thu October 14, 2021
Dear Patricia and Ann,
Your father had such a profound influence on my career in Birth to Three. No matter how contentious things got, Bob modeled how to smile while discussing the matter. I just retired after 30 years as a regional and state director/manager in all three lead agencies since 1991 ultimately serving as the Birth to Three System Director or "Part C Coordinator". You can't do that job without smiling! Bob will live on in my most tender memories and I am deeply grateful for his life and his commitment to families with infants and toddlers that have developmental delays and disabilities.

Christine Rossik DeCerbo
   Posted Thu October 14, 2021
To Dr LaCameras Family: My deepest sympathies go out to all of you. He was my pediatrician until adulthood and then my husband and I chose him to be our
children’s pediatrician until adulthood. I will always remember his kindness and tenderness when we visited the office.
Your dad was one of a kind and will be greatly missed . All of you will be in our
thoughts and prayers.
Doug and Christine Rossik DeCerbo and Family

Susan Hunter
   Posted Thu October 14, 2021
Dear Ann and Patty,
So sorry to hear your father passed away. Sending you sympathy. I remember your dad from church. He made a home visit to my foster daughter one Saturday afternoon. He was the most caring person. The best memories are the times my family spent with your mom and dad at GPC at One Parent Family Conference. It was your dad's creation and it made a big difference in the lives of the families who attended. I hope these happy memories of your dad bring you comfort.
Fond regards, Susan Hunter

Deborah Brown
   Posted Thu October 14, 2021
I believe my parents were referred to Drs Wessel and LaCamera by my Mom’s obstetrician and consider myself fortunate to have been their patient. Can’t say enough about their compassion, dedication, medical philosophy and inherent decency. And they made house calls! Dr. LaCamera also lived in Hamden, and stopped by on his way home one December when my Mom told him that while she didn’t think I was sick, I wasn’t acting right. After taking vitals, he observed for a while and concluded I was just excited about Christmas. And even though I had outgrown the kiddie chairs and toys I remained in their care until about 20 when they encouraged and assisted in transitioning me from a pediatric to a more appropriate practice.
My condolences to Dr LaCamera’s family, friends, colleagues and former patients.

Cynthia & Elias Gaillard
   Posted Fri October 15, 2021
Ann, so sorry for the loss of you Dad, he sounds like a great guy. I found his obituary so inspiring, what a life he & your mom had and the things he accomplished!
Geech & I will keep you and your family in our prayers. Love ya!

Robert and Ruth Lesser
   Posted Fri October 15, 2021
WE with you all the best in this most difficult time. He will always be with you
Ruth and Bob Lesser

Rich Smullen
   Posted Fri October 15, 2021
RIP Dr. LaCamera. You were a true gentleman and a great friend to our family. Every so often in life we get to meet a true gem of a man and you were that man.

Marge and Gene Schiller
   Posted Fri October 15, 2021
Our world has lost a remarkable role model for adding good to the community. He will be missed, to say the least. please Rest in Peace.

Susan Klein
   Posted Fri October 15, 2021
Dear Ann and Patty,

My sisters and I have fond memories of Bob LaCamera and Morris Wessel, seeing them as patients well into our twenties and following that, as friends. Both had long meaningful lives with much positive impact that is still felt all over New Haven. I last saw Bob, accompanied by one of you, a couple of years ago, with my husband Henry Lowendorf; it was a lovely encounter. We all send condolences to you and your families, and know that Bob's memory will continue to be a blessing.

Sincerely, Susan, Joanne and Cathy Klein, Henry Lowendorf, and Steve Grover

Bill Fish
   Posted Mon October 18, 2021
To the Family:

Dr. LaCamera was my pediatrician. In 1974, I lost my voice a week before my Bar Mitzvah. He prescribed some medication and I magically recovered days before! I fondly remember the office with Dr. Wessel on Howard Avenue. He was a kind, gentle soul and terrific doctor. May he Rest In Peace.

Bill Fish

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