Jerome P Rao, MD

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Jul 3, 2014


Jerome P. Rao, M.D. Jerry was born in Brooklyn, New York on April 6, 1947 to Joseph and Alice Rao. He grew up in Brooklyn, graduating from Xaverian High School. After graduating from NYU, he continued his lifelong ambition of being a surgeon and received his medical degree from the University of Rome, Italy. Jerry married Candy Smythe, from Washington State, in 1973. He did his internship in Brooklyn at Lutheran Medical Center and his Residency in Urology at St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital in Manhattan. They and their two children, Joe and Angela, moved to Federal Way, Washington in 1982, where he began his practice as a Urologic Surgeon. The practice grew to include an office at Allenmore Medical Center in Tacoma. Jerry retired in 2012 and planned to garden and relax. Cancer was diagnosed in 2013 but Jerry lost his battle on July 3, 2014. Jerry's medical practice and his patients were so important to him and many patients became his friends. He was known for his funny stories about New York and Italy and his animated advice on many subjects. "Dr. Jerry" was also a friendly regular at various restaurants around town and will be missed by those patrons and his family. He is survived by his son, Joe Rao (Amy), of Issaquah, their two sons Benjamin and Jacob and their daughter due this July; his daughter, Angela Rao, of San Francisco; his brothers, Anthony Rao (Annita), of South Carolina, and Joseph Rao (Renee), of New Jersey; and numerous cousins back east and in Italy. A visitation wake will be held at Gaffney Funeral Home, Thursday, July 10, 2014 from 11:00am to 5:00pm. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Friday, July 11, 2014 at 9:00am at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church, Tacoma, followed by a reception. Burial will follow at Gethsemane Cemetery, Federal Way. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the

.  Please leave online condolences at Arrangements by Gaffney Funeral Home, 253-572-6003.

Published in News Tribune (Tacoma) from July 8 to July 9, 2014


It was with great sorrow to witness Jerry’s passing July 3rd 2014 succumbing to bladder cancer. 

Jerry grew up in Brooklyn but after he married Candy they returned to the Puget Sound area where her family resided.  He received his medical degree from the University of Rome, Italy and completed internship and residency in New York.

I first meet Jerry in 1982 at one of the quarterly medical staff meetings at Allenmore hospital. The medical community was small at that time and there was more time to socialize and foster friend ships. Years later those bonds were strengthened with our gourmet dinners. Jerry and Candy, Jim and Dena Wilson, Ron and Ann Taylor and Debbie and myself would take rotating turns as hosts. I still have very fond memories of those days.

When Jerry assumed the bachelor life we invited him for many holiday meals. At Thanksgiving he become part of our family and Uncle Jerry to our children.

Jerry will be remembered as a gregarious individual with a perpetual smile.

He is survived by his son Joe Rao (Amy) and 3 grandchildren of Issaquah; his daughter Angela residing in San Francisco.


Alex Mihali MD