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Dr. Eugene Anthony Baciocco

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April 26, 1936 - October 4, 2022

Dr. Eugene Anthony Baciocco passed away peacefully at home on October 4, 2022. He fought a courageous battle with a very slowly progressive form of Parkinson’s Disease.

Eugene “Gene” Baciocco was born on April 26, 1936 at St. Joseph’s Hospital in San Francisco. His life was, in many ways, the culmination of an American Dream. Gene’s parents, Eugenio and Amelia Baciocco, were hard working Italian immigrants who instilled their hopes for life in America into their only child, “Genie.” Highly valuing a good education, they scrimped and saved so that their Genie could go to the best Catholic schools, namely Our Holy Lady of Perpetual Help School, Riordan High School, Saint Mary’s College, and Creighton University School of Medicine. When Genie was little, he was gifted books for his birthdays, so it was no surprise that his parents’ devoted nurturing combined with Gene’s innate intelligence and academic industry materialized in the highest entrance score at Saint Mary’s College in Moraga. For this, he was awarded with free tuition. There, Gene excelled and became interested in medicine and chose Creighton University in Omaha for his medical studies. This turned out to be a stroke of luck as in 1961 during his third year, Gene met the love of his life, Joanna Nickman from Pleasanton, Nebraska.

Eugene graduated from Medical School in 1962 and began his Internship at Santa Clara County Hospital from which he courted Joanna from afar while she was in Nursing School. In 1963, Gene trained as a Flight Surgeon at Brooks Air Force Base in San Antonio, TX. Gene and Joanna married in April of 1964 at Saint Margaret and Mary’s Church in Omaha. They were newlyweds at Minot Air Force Base in North Dakota where Gene fulfilled his military duty until 1965. While at Minot, Gene and Joanna first became parents to Gina Marie. Shortly thereafter, the young couple moved to California for good with Gene beginning a pediatric residency at Santa Clara County Hospital. However, his true calling became apparent and Gene pivoted to an Orthopedic Surgery Residency at Saint Mary’s Hospital in San Francisco from 1966 to 1970. There, the young couple made some of their lifelong best friends. In 1970, Gene started his own practice, Peninsula Orthopedic Associates in Daly City, CA.

Gene became known as a very respected orthopedic surgeon with hospital affiliations at Seton Medical Center, Mills-Peninsula Medical Center, and St. Luke’s Hospital. He was both Vice Chairman (1985-1987) and Chairman (1987-1991) of the Department of Orthopedics at Seton Medical Center as well as an Associate Professor and Clinical Instructor at UC San Francisco’s Orthopedic Program. In fact, he was a favorite attending surgeon to those Orthopedic residents whom he mentored enthusiastically. Eugene’s passion for Orthopedics and the care of his patients was palpable and his colleagues and patients held him in their highest regard. In the later years of his Orthopedic practice, Gene also enjoyed working with the Medical Unit of the Division of Workers’ Compensation where he maintained a Primary Medical-Legal Evaluation Practice through 2018. Just like his parents, Genie had a strong work ethic and it was amazing watching him shine as he loved treating his patients and helping people every day. To him, Orthopedic medicine was truly a calling.

When Gene was not working, he loved rooting for his home teams: the 49ers, the Giants, and the Warriors. In fact, he watched his SF Niners beat the LA Rams 24-9 the evening prior to his passing. Gene and Joanna made many friends through their involvement with Sharon Heights Country Club and the Knights of St. John. He loved to travel the world with his wife and friends. He enjoyed countless summers boating, beaching, and hiking with his family and dear friends in Lake Tahoe.

Gene will be lovingly remembered for his ability to tell a good joke and make people laugh and for his easy-going, kind disposition, his charisma and class, his sweet tooth, and his fierce love for his family. He will be dearly missed by his many lifelong friends. He was devoted to his wife Joanna of 58 years. He is survived by his four children and ten grandchildren: Gina and Geoffrey “Duff” Baldwin: Beau, Will, Kaitlin, and Henry; John Baciocco and Jennifer McNichol: Colin and Dominic; Juliet and Randy Spurrier: Jack and Amelia; and Jennifer Baciocco and Mark Siri: Joanna and Charlie.   

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Raymond’s Catholic Church at 1pm on Saturday, November 26th. Reception to follow.

In lieu of flowers, the family encourages a donation to the non-profit that Gene most passionately supported: 

Lloyd W. Taylor Education and Research Fund
C/O SFORP
St. Mary‘s Medical Center
450 Stanyan Street
San Francisco, CA 94117

FUNERAL MASS

St. Raymond Catholic Church
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    1100 Santa Cruza Avenue
    Menlo Park, California 94025
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