Vincent DeQuattro, professor of medicine at the University of Southern California and a 35-year member of the Keck School of Medicine faculty, died Aug. 17 in Hawaii, after a heart attack during an ocean snorkeling excursion. He was 67.
Vito Campese, a friend and colleague for more than 25 years, described DeQuattro as an warm and engaging physician who maintained strong personal relationships with his patients and their families.
“He was just a wonderful human being, a fun person full of life who enjoyed every minute. And he had a laugh that was unique, a crackling loud laugh that was devastating-it could knock you over. We’ll all miss his warm personality,” Campese added.
Howard Hodis, also a longtime colleague, added that DeQuattro “was the kind of guy who would put his arm around you and make you feel good about yourself, about life, and make you feel like a member of the family. In my mind, that was his biggest personality characteristic. ”
“His loss is a great loss to his family, his friends, to USC and the field [of cardiology]. Everybody’s going to miss him,” Hodis added.
DeQuattro, a dedicated physician and researcher whose pride in his Italian and Irish immigrant heritage played a key role in how he lived his life, was born in Lawrence, Mass. in 1933. He attended Central Catholic High School in Lawrence before moving to Pasadena California where he graduated from Pasadena High School.
He earned his bachelor’s degree at the University of California at San Francisco and, in 1960, earned his medical degree at George Washington University Medical School in Washington D.C.
DeQuattro completed his residency in internal medicine at the LAC+USC Medical Center and performed his fellowship in cardiovascular disease at LAC+USC Medical Center and White Medical Center in Los Angeles.
From 1964 to 1966, he served in the U.S. Public Health Service as a clinical associate and senior assistant surgeon at the Experimental Therapies Branch of the NHI-NIH.
In 1964, he also joined the Keck School of Medicine as an assistant professor of medicine and held several positions in the years that followed, including serving as chief of the Hypertension Service at LAC+USC Medical Center since 1974. In 1984, he received the Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award from George Washington University.
DeQuattro was a member of the Fourth Joint National Committee on Detection, Evaluation and Treatment of High Blood Pressure in 1988 and an author of the report of the Sixth Joint National Committee in 1997.
He was a member of the High Blood Pressure Council of the American Heart Association, the American Society of Hypertension, the Inter-national Society of Hypertension and a fellow of the American College of Cardiology and the American College of Physicians.
Author of more than 140 peer reviewed articles and more than 40 chapters in medical texts, DeQuattro’s research focused on the causes, prevention and treatment of hypertension and heart failure.
A South Pasadena resident, DeQuattro was also active in community service, most notably in helping run Little League and Babe Ruth Baseball programs and managing teams in South Pasadena from 1968 to 1976.
DeQuattro was the son of Louis P. and Esther G. DeQuattro. He is survived by his wife, Dr. De-Ping (Debora) Li DeQuattro, assistant professor of research medicine at the Keck School of Medicine, stepdaughters Sarah Li and Victoria Xu, his children Michael, Vincent Jr., John, Gina Chandler, (children of his deceased wife Jeanette), and Kimberly DeQuattro (daughter of Eiko); four grandchildren, Sophia, Vincent III (children of Vincent DeQuattro, Jr. and Mendy McIntyre); Jacqueline and Christopher (children of Gina and Dan Chandler), and brothers Paul and Jim and sister Jo’Ann DeQuattro.
Funeral services will be held on Friday, August 24, 2001 at 7 p.m. at Holy Family Church, 1501 Fremont, South Pasadena. Visitation is scheduled for Friday, August 24, 2001 from 2 to 5 p.m. at Cabot & Sons Mortuary, 300 N. Fair Oaks, Pasadena.
In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations be made to the White Memorial Medical Center Charitable Foundation in memory of Vincent DeQuattro, M.D.
Contributions can be mailed to 1720 E. Cesar Chavez Avenue, Los Angeles, California 90033.