Thomas E. Zipoli

Thomas E. Zipoli, M.D., 84, of Rochester passed away peacefully at his home on Sunday January 25, 2015.

He was born on April 20, 1930, in New Haven, CT, to Mary and Thomas A. Zipoli.

Dr. Zipoli received his undergraduate degree from Boston College in 1952 and his medical degree from the Georgetown University School of Medicine in 1956. He served his internship at St. Luke’s Hospital and completed a residency in internal medicine at New England Deaconess Hospital in Boston. He received advanced training in hematology and oncology at New England Deaconess Hospital and the Lahey Clinic. He was awarded the James L. Tullis Lectureship Prize by the New England Deaconess Hospital-Harvard Medical for original study and research by an alumnus.

Dr. Zipoli joined the staff at St. Luke’s Hospital in New Bedford in 1962. He was also an assistant in medicine at New England Deaconess Hospital and a clinical instructor in medicine at Harvard Medical School. In 1968, he co-founded Hawthorn Medical Associates, located in Dartmouth, where he practiced internal medicine and clinical oncology for nearly 35 years.

He served his country as a medic in the United States Air Force.

He is survived by his wife, Svanhild (Bendiksen) Zipoli, son Tom Zipoli and his wife, Jane, of Reston VA, and their son, Thomas Joseph, son Matthew Zipoli of Harvard, MA and his three children, Julia, Laurel and Zachary, daughter Paula Zipoli and her significant other Michael Ormiston of Beverly, MA and her two children Benjamin Contois of Philadelphia, PA and Jonathan Contois of New Britain, CT; daughter Cara Zipoli of Boston, step-daughter Shana Schoener and her husband Andrew of Sudbury, and their three children Johan, Caden and Deren, and step-daughter Greta Bouley and her husband Nathan of Sudbury and their two children Hayden and Addison.

His Memorial Service will be held on Friday January 30, 2015 at 10 AM at Trinity Lutheran Church, 16 Temple Place, Fairhaven. Visiting hours will be on Thursday January 29, 2015 from 4-8 PM at the Saunders-Dwyer Mattapoisett Home for Funerals, 50 County Rd., Route 6, Mattapoisett. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the National MS Society New England Chapter, in memory of Dr.Thomas E. Zipoli, P.O. Box 845945, Boston, MA 02284-5945. For directions and guestbook, please visit

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