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Charles Francis Paterno (June 8, 1919[1] – February 11, 2011[2]) was an American Republican Party politician from New Jersey, who served on the Borough Council and as Mayor of Rumson, New Jersey.

Biography[edit | edit source]

Paterno was born in Brooklyn, New York. He attended St. Francis Preparatory School, graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 1940 and obtained his medical degree from the Long Island College of Medicine (later became Downstate College of Medicine part of the SUNY Downstate Medical Center and Long Island College Hospital). He was appointed Chief Surgical Resident at Metropolitan Hospital and Flower Fifth Avenue Hospitals in New York. He received his Fellow of the American College of Surgeons in 1951.

He then moved to Rumson, New Jersey. Then he was married to Kathleen "Kay" McDonald, RN who survives him, for 59 years and raised nine children and had twenty- nine grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren. He practiced medicine in Monmouth County, New Jersey, for 34 years. First as a general surgeon on the staff of Monmouth Medical Center and then as president of the medical board and director of surgery at Riverview Hospital. He served as a captain in the United States Army during the Korean War and helped establish a MASH-type unit in California for wounded soldiers. He was a member of Holy Cross Catholic Church, Rumson Country Club and Sea Bright Beach Club. He moved to Vero Beach, Florida in 1989. He was a member of the Indian Trails Architectural Board and a supporter of Indian River Memorial Medical Center, where he served on the Executive Committee and was elected first male president of the auxiliary. There is a sign at a Rumson, New Jersey park in his honor today.

Paterno died on February 11, 2011 at his home in Vero Beach, Florida.

See also[edit | edit source]

  • List of mayors of Rumson, New Jersey

Notes and references[edit | edit source]

  1. Asbury Park Press, February 14–16, 2011
  2. TC Palm, February 14, 2011
Political offices
Preceded by
John O. Teeter
Mayor of Rumson, New Jersey
1980–1989
Succeeded by
Charles S. Callman

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