‘He was the quintessential gentleman’: Dyker Heights luminary and oral surgeon, Anthony DiMango, dies at 95

Anthony DiMango and his late wife, Mafalda DiMango.

Anthony DiMango, a longtime resident of Dyker Heights, a revered oral surgeon, and “the quintessential gentleman,” died on May 31, 10 days after his 95th birthday.

DiMango reigned over Brooklyn dentistry for more than 50 years, working as a surgeon and a professor. In addition to his private practice in Bay Ridge, DiMango served as a senior vice president, chief of dentistry, and co-director of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at Lutheran Medical Center (LMC), now NYU Langone, for decades.

DiMango also taught oral surgery at Columbia Presbyterian and NYU Lutheran, and was an active member of several dental societies, including the 2nd District Dental Society, the Greater New York Dental Meeting, and the Italian Dental Society.

DiMango was born in Flatbush on May 21, 1924. In 1944, he was drafted to serve in World War II, where he received medical training and worked with wounded soldiers.

Upon returning home from the war, DiMango attended Fordham University and graduated from the Georgetown University School of Dentistry in 1953. He received his training in oral surgery at Kings County Hospital.

In 1950, DiMango married Mafalda Coccaro, who is revered in Dyker Heights for her work as a longtime community and education advocate. Mafalda died in August 2018 at 91 years old.

The couple is survived by two daughters, Patricia and Joanne.

“He was brilliant, warm, and caring,” Hon. Patricia DiMango said of her father. “He never made me feel that because I was a girl I couldn’t do something. I have to attribute my success in life to him.”

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