Salvatore V. Battiata, pediatrician

November 22, 2013

Salvatore V. Battiata, a pediatrician who practiced in Silver Spring for 35 years before retiring in the mid-1990s, died Nov. 20 at Suburban Hospital in Bethesda. He was 83.

The cause was complications from heart disease and Alzheimer’s disease, said a daughter, Mary L. Battiata.

For many years, Dr. Battiata also volunteered his services at St. Ann’s Infant and Maternity Home in Hyattsville.

Salvatore Victor Battiata, a native of Brooklyn, N.Y., was a 1952 biology graduate of what is now St. John’s University in New York and a 1956 graduate of Georgetown University medical school. He served in the Air Force Medical Corps from 1959 to 1961.

In retirement, he operated a small winery on his farm in Middletown, Md., and was a docent at the old medical history museum at Walter Reed Army Medical Center.

He was a Bethesda resident and a member of Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church in Potomac.

His interests included opera, oil painting and Civil War history.

Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Fulvia DeFelice Battiata of Bethesda; six children, Mary L. Battiata of Arlington County, Christine Brennan of Catonsville, Md., Rina B. Kunk of Washington, Joseph G. Battiata of Mechanicsville, Va., Matt Battiata of Encinitas, Calif., and Andrew P. Battiata of Camden, S.C.; a sister; and 17 grandchildren.

— Adam Bernstein

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