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Family and Friends Honor Dr. Christine Fusillo

Christine Fusillo was a top-rated local doctor, a mother of three, a family woman. To honor her memory, the Dr. Christine Fusillo '72 Memorial Scholarship was created.

Christine Fusillo was a top-rated local doctor, a mother of three, a family woman; she was well-known in the area having run a private practice in Tarrytown since 1988. She was also a Manhattanville alumna, graduating with a B.A. in Biology in 1972.

To honor her memory, the Dr. Christine Fusillo '72 Memorial Scholarship was created.

The Dr. Christine Fusillo '72 Memorial Scholarship will be awarded to a deserving pre-medical student chosen by faculty members beginning in 2013. The Memorial Scholarship Fund was developed through the hard work of Dr. Fusillo's friends and family.

"Christine was such a bright light in this world. She touched people's lives in so many positive ways, and truly left the world a better place," Faith Fusillo, sister of the deceased, said. "Our family is so honored that a scholarship has been created in her memory and grateful that through it, she, and the spirit of her work, will help to inspire others for years to come."

Dr. Fusillo passed away in September 2010, at the age of 60, after a brief battle with cancer. Her husband, Bob O'Boyle, and three children survive her.

Dr. Fusillo was a respected doctor, with specialties in Pediatric Allergy and Immunology. She graduated from the NYU School of Medicine in 1980 and completed her residency in Pediatrics at Bellevue Hospital (NYC). She was ranked among the Top Doctors in America and the New York Metro Area by Castle Connelly, a leading healthcare research and information company, for the past 10 years. Westchester Magazine included her in its Top Doctors issue in 2002, 2004, 2007, 2008 and 2009.

Her connection to the community was overwhelming. In addition to her private practice, Dr. Fusillo was also the Director of Pediatric Allergy at the Maria Fareri Children's Hospital at Westchester Medical Center and Chief of Pediatric Allergy at New York Medical College.

Dr. Fusillo's connection to Manhattanville was a strong one, built in the four years she spent on campus. She loved her experience here so much that in 1984, she returned to campus for her wedding, held in the O'Byrne Chapel. She was also an active member of the alumni association.

To learn more about Dr. Fusillo's story, check out the Alumni Spotlight article.

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Denise Di Biasi October 05, 2011 at 07:56 PM
Christine was brilliant. Even back in grammar school, she was one of the stand outs. I used to love to go home with her after school: we would do whatever 7th & 8th graders did after school: I always made her play Exodus on the piano. I think I made her sick of that piece. We did not see each other much as adults. She came to my son's wake with her mom and it was as though the years just melted away. She was like that. A beautiful person, a caring person who was warm and completely humble. Christine achieved excellence throughout her scholastic career and in her field of medicine. She achieved greatness in life. I was blessed to have known her and to have called her 'friend'.
Faith Fusillo October 09, 2011 at 10:23 PM
Thank you to Harrison Patch for re-printing this article (from Manhattanville College magazine). Faith Fusillo, Nyack, NY

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