On Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2020, Augusto (Gus) N. Delerme, M.D., Esq., formerly from Hollidaysburg, Pa., passed away peacefully in his Cranberry Township home at the age of 87 after a courageous lengthy battle with Lewy body dementia.
Augusto N. Delerme Sr., was born on Nov. 25, 1933, in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico. Dr. Delerme attended the University of Puerto Rico Medical School, where he met the love of his life, Carmen Luisa Álvarez. Gus and Carmen were married on Jan. 15, 1955.
He graduated from medical school at the young age of 21. Dr. Delerme moved his family to Altoona, where he completed his internship in general medicine at the Altoona Hospital. Upon completion of his internship, Dr. Delerme moved his family to Irvona, Pa., and established a thriving private practice as a general practitioner in Coalport, Pa. Dr. Delerme and his family resided in Hollidaysburg for 28 years, and in Pittsburgh for the past 10 years.
Dr. Delerme specialized in otorhinolaryngology at Eye & Ear Institute of Pittsburgh in 1973, and completed a fellowship on head and neck oncology and plastic surgery and reconstructive surgery at Mercy Hospital of Pittsburgh in 1974. Upon completing his hospital trainings, licensures and certifications, he established his second practice in Altoona.
Dr. Delerme held many distinguished academic positions and staff appointments at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Family and Community Medicine College at Penn State University, the Oakland Veterans Hospital in Pittsburgh, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (Presbyterian, Montefiore hospitals, and Eye & Ear Institute) and Shadyside Hospital. He was on staff at both Mercy and Altoona hospitals.
Dr. Delerme was a member and held offices in a broad number of academies, societies, associations and executive boards over 50 years in Central and Western Pennsylvania.
He was a lieutenant junior grade in the U.S. Naval Reserve, from 1954 until 1958.
Dr. Delerme's lifelong desire to pursue a law degree was realized in 1985 when he entered Duquesne University School of Law, and he earned his Juris Doctorate in 1989. He was licensed to practice law in Pennsylvania in 1991, and was admitted to the U.S. Western District Court of PA and the U.S. Supreme Court in 1993. Dr. Delerme practiced law and medicine, until his full retirement in 2006.
Dr. Delerme was preceded in death by his parents, stepmother and three siblings.
He is survived by his loving wife of 65 years, Carmen Luisa Delerme, and children, Pete, JD (Richard) of Cranberry Township, Jackie Morillo MD (Paco), Cincinnati, Ohio, Gus (Nilda) of Cranberry Township, Edsel (Suzanne) of Mechanicsburg, Pa., José PhD (Marguerite) of Harrisburg, Carmen Owens (Michael) of Wexford, Raúl (Denise) Hampstead Md., AJ (Kim) of Duncansville, Pa., and Manny of Lewes, Del; 27 grandchildren, four great-grandchildren; and a sister.
Dr. Delerme was a gifted and skillful physician, who thrived to provide his patients with the best of care. He was a kind-hearted individual, who stayed true to his roots and his values as a professional and as a husband and a father.
Dr. Delerme leaves behind a remarkable legacy as a physician. Gus was a dedicated family man, who loved spending time with his children and their families. To his family and friends, he leaves countless fond memories, which will keep him alive in their hearts forever.
DELERME — In accordance with his wishes, there will be no visitation for Augusto “Gus” N. Delerme, M.D., Esq., who died Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2020.
A celebration of life memorial service will be held at a later date.
Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Boylan-Glenn-Kildoo Funeral Home, 130 Wisconsin Ave., Cranberry Township.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Dr. Delerme's honor to the following organizations, Lewy Body Dementia Association (www.lbda.org), or UC Gardner Neuroscience Institute (www.foundation.UC.edu/UCGNI).
Expressions of sympathy may be shared with the family at www.boylanfuneralservices.com.