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Dr. Richard Eugene DeForno

July 6, 1949 ~ July 27, 2020 (age 71)


Richard Eugene DeForno, D.M.D., 71, of Glenmoore, passed away on Monday, July 27, 2020 at his home. He was the beloved husband of Stephanie L. Sands DeForno, with whom he shared 13 years of marriage.

Born in Latrobe, Pa, he was the son of the late Eugene and Louise E. DeSimone DeForno.

In 1976 he graduated from the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine. In 1984 he opened Thorndale Dental Associates and Thorndale Dental Arts Lab, where he practiced until March of this year. Dr. DeForno was committed to excellence in dentistry. He had the privilege to serve as the President of the Delaware Valley LD Pankey Study Club, of which he was a member. He was a member of the American Dental Association, The Pennsylvania Dental Association, and the A.V. Purinton Academy; where he was a member of the Board. Richard was a member and mentor of the LD Pankey Institute, The Academy of Implant Dentistry, The Academy of General Dentistry, The Pennsylvania Academy of General Dentistry where he was a Director of the Board, and of the Chester-Delaware Dental Society.  Richard also received his Fellowship with The International Congress of Oral Implantologists (ICOI).

In July 2002, he was the recipient of the most prestigious award, Mastership, in the Academy of General Dentistry. In attaining his Mastership, Richard met the highest criteria for professional excellence by taking 1,100 hours of continuing education in the sixteen disciplines of dentistry, including 400 hours dedicated to “hands-on” skills and techniques. Since 1952, only 1800 dentists have received Mastership honors worldwide.

Richard spent a lot of time with his wife and their five Nokota Horses, as well as with the many animals they own on Glen Oak Farm.  He loved to ski, ride his Harley, travel, but most of all spend time with his family.

In addition to his wife, Richard is survived by his sons, Richard E. and Patrick E. DeForno; his step-children, Elizabeth P. and Ross A. Folmar and by his sister, Linda L. Santa Maria (late Phillip).  He was predeceased by his brother, Allan DeForno.

Services will be private.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Dental Lifeline Network – Southeast Pennsylvania, PO Box 357, Vandergrift, Pa 15690, or to Penn Medicine Abramson Cancer Center, 3400 Civic Center Blvd., Philadelphia, PA 19104.


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