Deceased May 25, 2021

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In Memory

Dave “Lombo” / “Lumpy” / “The Bard” Lombardo passed away on May 25, 2021, after a courageous battle with Stage 4 prostate cancer. He had survived an aortic dissection, a rare and almost always fatal blood vessel condition that required emergency surgery, about a dozen years earlier.

Lombo grew up in West Hartford, Conn., where he was an All-American soccer goalie and fabulous playmaker on the Conard High School basketball team. At Amherst, he continued to play while double-majoring in psychology and chemistry. He attended the University of Virginia School of Medicine, trained at Harvard and Duke in radiology, and practiced for many years in Jacksonville, Fla. After retiring for medical reasons, he made the best of the following years by traveling widely, hitting the golf links, becoming proficient in Italian, furthering his trumpet-playing skills, attending jazz clubs, listening to opera and drinking the very best red wines. Lombo became Jacksonville’s “most interesting man.”

Although very accomplished, Dave was always humble. Everyone liked Lombo. He was smart but never overcompetitive academically. He always showed an interest in what his friends were doing and encouraged their pursuits. Lombo had a dry yet profoundly witty sense of humor. After Amherst, he kept up with his soccer and basketball buddies, Psi U friends and pre-med classmates.

My last time together with Lombo was an unforgettable weekend in New York City that reflected his wide variety of interests. We biked around Central Park, watched a Premier League soccer match on TV, sailed around Lower Manhattan, had dinner in Little Italy and finished up at a jazz club in Greenwich Village.

David was an outstanding physician, a singular person and a great friend. He was an even better loving husband and supportive father. David is survived by wife Carol, son Robert and daughter Lara.

Scott Osur ’77