In Memoriam
Published: 2021-07-07

In Memoriam of Antonino Roberto Antonelli

Antonino Roberto Antonelli


Prof. Antonino Roberto Antonelli passed away peacefully on May 25, with his beloved wife Anna and daughters Paola and Chiara by his side.

He was born in Milan in 1934; his father’s family came from Molise, while his mother’s family had roots in Abruzzo. In 1958, he obtained a MD in Medicine and Surgery at the University of Milan, and in the subsequent three-year period he completed his residency in Otorhinolaryngology, under the direction of Prof. Ettore Bocca. Notably, Professor Antonelli spent one year (1960) at the Institute of Physiology of the University of Pisa, where he performed several experimental studies on neurophysiology of the hearing and olfactory system. The development of his clinical and scientific activity took place under the leadership of Prof. Bocca first at the University of Sassari (1961-1968), then at the University of Ferrara (1968-1972), and subsequently at the University of Milan, where he returned in 1972. In 1982, he was appointed Associate Professor, and in 1983 he took over the Chairmanship of the Section of Otorhinolaryngology of the University of Brescia – Spedali Civili. In 1986, he developed a program of Residency at the University of Brescia, which rapidly became one of the most attractive for young physicians. In 1990, he was ranked Full Professor, a position he maintained until retirement, in 2006. For many years thereafter, he continued to serve as an enthusiastic tutor for residents, who enjoyed his medical knowledge and culture – spanning well beyond the limits of otorhinolaryngology – his teaching skills, his wisdom, and his characteristic humility, even in his interactions with them.

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