June 8, 1930 – December 27, 2012
Dr. John O.A. Pagano, age 82, died peacefully in his sleep at his home in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, surrounded by his loving family.
Dr. Pagano was born and raised in Bayonne, NJ. The family spent summers in Monmouth Beach at the Jersey shore where John developed his passion for the sea. He was equally passionate about the mountains and all outdoor wildlife, especially horses. His love of all animals was best demonstrated by the affection he shared with the family pets.
Dr. Pagano graduated from Seton Hall Prep then served four years in the United States Navy aboard the Aircraft Carrier "Tarawa" during the Korean War. He received his art training at the School of Visual Arts in New York, then followed his calling to become a healer and graduated with honors from Lincoln Chiropractic College [now the National College of Chiropractic] in Lombard, Illinois. Dr. Pagano was a respected member of the Association of New Jersey Chiropractors and a member of the Songwriters Guild of America.
Dr. Pagano spoke all over the United States and Europe regarding his natural approach to healing psoriasis. He also presented his findings before distinguished audiences in Japan, India, France, Germany, and before the Russian Academy of Science in Moscow! Dr. Pagano was interviewed on countless radio and television programs. His book Healing Psoriasis: The Natural Alternative has been translated into Finnish, Japanese, Russian, Italian and French.
Dr. Pagano was that rarest of individuals, a modern “Renaissance man” who, in addition to being a compassionate physician dedicated to the needs of his patients, also wrote and performed his own original music and songs, was known for his paintings of the American West which grace fine homes and museums, and had a passion for animals and all things nautical.
Dr. Pagano is survived by his loving sisters, Carol A. Miller, of Tinton Falls, NJ, and Maria D. Pagano, of Oceanport, NJ; his niece Toni Ann Miller of San Carlos, CA and his nephew Charles A. Miller and his wife Adele, of Lincroft, NJ; his grand-nieces and nephews Lauren Miller, Charles D. Miller, and Jaclyn Petty and Ryan Petty. He is also survived by numerous loving friends, patients, and staff. “Dr. John” – as he is affectionately called by his patients – will be greatly missed by the many people whose lives were directly affected by his vast knowledge, genuine kindness, healing touch, as well as his human decency and great wisdom.
Dr. Pagano is pre-deceased by his mother and father, John and Nettie Pagano, of Bayonne, NJ.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made for animal rescue to the Popcorn Park Zoo in Forked River, NJ, (www.ahscares.org) or to the Cloud Foundation (www.thecloudfoundation.org) for saving wild mustangs.