Barranco, Salvatore Dominic

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Dr. Salvatore Dominic Barranco, of Forest, Va., passed on while surrounded by his family on Saturday, February 5, 2011, at Lynchburg General Oncology Center following a long struggle with cancer.

Dr. Barranco was a resident of Blacksburg, Va., but was always a New Yorker at heart. As a young boy he attended the Augustinian Academy, Staten Island, N.Y., earning both academic and athletic honors. He went on to play basketball and baseball for Georgetown University. Upon graduation he attended medical school at Creighton University and served as Lieutenant Commander in the United States Navy during the Vietnam War, before settling in Blacksburg, Va., for 37 years to practice Orthopedic Surgery. He opened the Barranco Clinic for Sports Medicine to better serve his patients. He was a dedicated and hardworking doctor; highly respected by the patients and colleagues who knew him well.

He was an active staff member of Carilion New River Valley Medical Center, Carilion Giles Community Hospital and HCA Montgomery Hospital, as well as a consulting physician at St. Alban’s Psychiatric Hospital. He was certified by the Board of Orthopedic Surgery and was an adjunct professor at Virginia Tech. He was a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, the American Academy of Surgeons and the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons for Sports Medicine. He was decorated with medical honors including Delegate to the Virginia Medical Society, Orthopedic Delegate to the Medical Society of Virginia, Chief of Surgery at Montgomery County Hospital, President of the Southwest Virginia Medical Society, Chief of Staff at Montgomery County Hospital and served on the Board of Directors of the Virginia Orthopedic Society. He was also a member of the Orthopedic Research Society, the Eastern Orthopedic Society, the Virginia Orthopedic Society, the Southwest Virginia Medical Society, the Virginia Medical Society, the Virginia Arthroscopy Association of North America and a member of the American Medical Association.

He was a member of the Rotary Club for 25 years and received additional citizenship honors as Blacksburg Lions Club Citizen of the Year and Virginia High School League Distinguished Service Award. He volunteered his time for many years as the team doctor for the Blacksburg High School Indians and was a member of a group known as the “Flying Doctors,” an organization who served underprivileged Third World populations by providing basic medical care.

Sal was a true Renaissance man; a writer, artist and world-traveler in his own right, a true lover of the arts. He spent his life dedicated to learning; culture, history, music and art, and most of all, his family.

He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Patricia Mackey Barranco, of Forest, Va.; his children, Kathylynn (Beiro) Barranco and Gary Taylor, of Forest, Va., Pattianne and Philip Reinhardt, of Oak Hill, Va., Mary Jo and Bill Herbert, of Forest, Va., and Stephen and Mikki Barranco, of Daleville, Va.; and his sisters, Mary Ann Barranco-Byrne and her husband, Kevin Byrne, of Yorktown Heights, N.Y., and Annella Barranco and Karen Lupuloff, of New York City, N.Y. He has 14 grandchildren, Torey, Riley and Michael Beiro, Will Christopher, Caleb and Rachel Reinhardt, Tricia, Katy, Maggie and Caroline Herbert, and Salvatore, Annie, Emily and Sophie Barranco.

The family will be receiving guests from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, February 9, 2011, at Tharp Funeral Home, Lynchburg. A Mass of Resurrection will be held 10 a.m. on Thursday, February 10, 2011, at St. Thomas More Catholic Church, Lynchburg, Va., with Fr. Richard Mooney officiating.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to St. Thomas More Catholic Church, Lynchburg, Va., in the Barranco name; or the S. Barranco MD Georgetown Scholarship.

Tharp Funeral Home & Crematory, Lynchburg, is assisting the family, 434-237-9424. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting