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JOHN WILLIAM CAVO, JR., M.D.

Born: October 26, 1940
Died: June 3, 2015

John W. Cavo, Jr., was born in Poughkeepsie, New York, son of John William and Lois Eleanor Masten Cavo. He prepared for Yale at Arlington High School in Poughkeepsie.

At Yale Jack was a resident of Saybrook, where he was a member of the football team and rowed on the Saybrook crew. He won his numerals on the Freshman crew. He was a history major, a member of Alpha Phi Omega, the Westminster Foundation and the Community Council.

After Yale he attended the University of Virginia Medical School where he earned his M.D. in 1966. He married Lynn Frenenheim, Hunter College cum laude, midway through Medical School. They moved to Rochester, NY for his internship at Strong Memorial Hospital and then for one year of general surgery residency until he was drafted into the Air Force. Jack exhibited his well-known sense of humor in our 25th Reunion book when he described his transition to military life and his re-entry to the civilian world:

"Although the Viet Nam War was in full swing at the time, the Air Force (recognizing a non-warrior when they saw one) sent me to a small base in Cheyenne, Wyoming and gave me the flattering designation of 'Class D Surgeon.' Two years later and with two kids in tow we re-entered civilian life in St. Louis where I began an ENT (ear, nose and throat) residency at Barnes Hospital. Four years later (as a fully qualified ear cleaner and nose picker) and now with three kids in tow, we moved back to Connecticut where I took on an academic job at UConn Medical School in otolaryngology."

One year of academic medicine was more than enough and he entered private practice in New Britain, Connecticut which he pursued very successfully until his retirement in 2005. Jack was a highly esteemed otolaryngologist and served on many boards, including the American Board of Otolaryngology, the American College of Surgeons, the American Academy of Ophthalmology and Otolaryngology, the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Surgery, and the Centurion Club of Deafness Research Foundation. Additionally, he was a member of The Triological Society and an Assistant Clinical Professor at the UConn School of Medicine. His greatest pride centered on the care he gave to his patients, providing them with a great wealth of knowledge and skill as well as respect and empathy. Many patients and colleagues remembered Jack's humor and stories, as well as his academic commitment, brilliant mind and generous spirit.

Jack was an avid fisherman, particularly enjoying fly fishing, and was a long time member of several fishing clubs. He and Lynn also enjoyed travelling in Europe and did so frequently. A highlight came when he combined both fishing and travel on a fishing trip to Russia arranged by his son John.

He continually pursued learning, was a self-taught guitar player and became a German language speaker. He was also a loyal son of Eli and a football fan, tailgating for years at the Bowl, and attending our class reunions.

Classmate Mike Halloran, who with his wife Marion became close friends with Jack and Lynn, remembers him as a consummate practical joker and wit, always with good humor and a good story.

In addition to Lynn, his wife of more than 50 years, Jack leaves his 3 children, Melanie (Garth) Meehan, John (Cynthia), and Charles (Michelle), and his 10 adored grandchildren: Larkin, Julia, Clare, Cecily, George, Will, James, Jack, Nathaniel, and Tyler. His family cherishes their memories of his love for spending time with his children and then with his grandchildren, fishing, building sand castles, playing tennis, skiing, gaming, swimming, and cheering for them on fields and stages.

What Jack wrote at the time of our 25th Reunion remained true to the end of his life: "Personally, my greatest pleasure has been watching my family grow and develop."




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