Latrobe chiropractor was devoted to alleviating pain
From Latrobe to the Orient, Dr. Terrance A. D'Emilio, a family practice physician and acupuncture adviser, cultivated the family practice he operated with his wife.
In an effort to introduce acupuncture in their practice, the couple on three occasions spent time in the Orient to learn the age-old practice firsthand. "Terry and I studied in China, Japan and Korea," recalled his wife, Anita D'Emilio. "We had so many patients with knee problems that Terry and I felt that acupuncture might help alleviate the pain."
A funeral Mass was celebrated Saturday at Holy Family Church in Latrobe for Dr. D'Emilio, 68, who died of lung cancer on Thursday, Nov. 7, 2002, in Latrobe Area Hospital.
Born and raised in Jeannette, Westmoreland County, Dr. D'Emilio was one of three children whose father worked as a laborer and also drove a truck.
As a member of the Jeannette High School football team, he was awarded a football scholarship to St. Vincent College, near Latrobe, where he played halfback on the college team.
After graduating from St. Vincent in 1956, Terrance D'Emilio taught history, English and coached football in New Jersey and in Derry Township, while working toward his master's degree at Duquesne University.
On a blind date in 1963, he met Anita Bigo, a chiropractor who had her own practice in Latrobe. They were married in 1964.
"Terry was my super intelligence," his wife said. "I could go to him on almost any subject and get an intelligent answer. His patients admired him.
"Terry would sit and listen patiently and then give advice. And I could see that when he had an audience, every eye was on him."
Dr. D'Emilio, to fulfill his childhood dream of becoming a doctor and help to alleviate pain and suffering, decided to go back to school and obtain his medical degree.
In 1983, he received his medical degree from the American University of the Caribbean. "It was Terry's dream of becoming a doctor," said his wife. "His family never had the means to send him to medical school."
Dr. D'Emilio is survived by his wife, Anita Bigo D'Emilio; a sister, Madeline Purpura of Greensburg and a brother, David D'Emilio of Pittsburgh.
Interment was in St. Clair Cemetery. Arrangements were by the John J. Lopatich Funeral Home Inc., 601 Weldon St., Latrobe.