Services for Dr. George A. Resta, who died Saturday, will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church at 2800 Pennsylvania Ave. SE, with burial at Cedar Hill cemetary in Suitland. Dr. Resta, former team physician for the Washington Redskins and Senators, died of congestive heart failure at age 72.
Dr. Resta, one of the pioneers of sports medicine, became the Senators' team physician in 1947 and continued his association with the franchise until its move to Texas. He served as an adviser to the Texas Rangers their first year in Arlington.
Dr. Resta added the Washington Redskins to his patient list in 1953 and worked with the squad until he resigned in 1971 and was replaced by Dr. P.M. Palumbo. In 1974 he became the first nonplayer/coach to be honored by the Redskins' Alumni Association.
A halfback for two years at the University of Louisville, Dr. Resta also served as team physician for the Washington Whips soccer team and organized the D.C. Medical-Dental Bowling League in 1939.
Dr. Resta, a native of Plattsburg, N.Y., is survived by two sons, George Jr. and Peter, of the home, 2900 Fort Baker Drive SE, and a daughter, Mary Stankiewica, of New Carrollton. His wife Catherine died two years ago. Memorials are preferred to the American Cancer Society or the Heart Fund.