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Obituary: Dr. Joseph R. Valinoti Jr.

Dr. Joseph R. Valinoti Jr., of Manhasset and Port Washington, passed away from sudden illness on Aug. 10, 2009 in his daughter’s Westhampton residence at the age of 85. He died peacefully while under the care of his immediate family. Dr. Valinoti was predeceased by his wife of 49 years, Virginia Valinoti, in June 2000.


Joseph R. Valinoti Jr. was born to Katherine and Joseph R. Valinoti Sr. on May 22, 1924 in Brooklyn. He was home schooled by his physician father through his elementary grades and entered Brooklyn Preparatory High School two years ahead of schedule. He graduated from Brooklyn Prep in 1940 and entered the Fordham University pre-med curriculum at the age of 16. Because of the war time need for physicians and dentists, he entered an accelerated program at Fordham and then Columbia University College of Dentistry, and obtained a DDS and dental license in 1946 at the age of 22. He practiced in Manhasset while matriculating at the Columbia School of Orthodontics. He maintained an active private practice on Park Avenue in Manhasset until his retirement in 1999.

Dr. Valinoti was very active in the Northeastern Society of Orthodontics and the Nassau County Dental Society and published numerous professional papers. He was a Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics and was invited by the Italian Orthodontic Society (SIDO) to teach orthodontics to Italian orthodontists in various locations in Italy in the early 1970s. He continued to share his orthodontic and life knowledge while teaching for many years at Fairleigh Dickinson University in New Jersey and at the NYU Dental School in Manhattan. Dr. Valinoti brightened the lives of hundreds of students and patients who were under his care as a practicing orthodontist and professor in the USA and abroad. One of Joe’s primary pleasures was to meet a childhood patient in later life, and to have patients bring their children to him for the same talented, fine and warm care. Dr. Valinoti always wanted us to smile so he could admire our teeth.

Joe’s passion and enthusiasm for his profession was balanced by a very happy family life. Travel, boating and photography were some of his many enduring passions, and he shared them with his family at every opportunity. Joe and Ginny shared their love of life with their children and grandchildren during many years of travel. The family travels took them to scores of countries on several continents with Joe happily snapping pictures the whole time. Joe’s love for Long Island’s waterfront was reflected as he planted roots in Brooklyn, Manhasset, Port Washington and Westhampton.

Joe is survived by his brother Michael of Hiawassee, GA; his four children, Joseph R. Valinoti III of Phoenix, AZ, Ginger Oates, Richard Valinoti and Jean Stern; and five loving grandchildren – Richard, Katie, Colleen and Daniel Oates, and Madison Stern.

The acute leukemia diagnosis was gracefully accepted and medically explored by Joe. His active role in his hospice care was a beacon of his clear cognitive abilities up until his death.

Arrangements were made by Fairchild Sons Funeral Home, Manhasset. Funeral Mass was held at Our Lady of Fatima RC Church, Port Washington. Donations may be made in Dr. Valinoti’s name to Operation Smile to help benefit children with facial deformities.