Donald J. Forno, a retired Harford County dentist who enjoyed gourmet cooking and wine collecting, died Friday of interstitial pulmonary fibrosis at Upper Chesapeake Medical Center in Bel Air. The Belcamp resident was 69.
Dr. Forno was born in Dundalk and raised in Essex. He was a 1957 graduate of Kenwood High School and earned a bachelor's degree in English from the University of Maryland, College Park in 1961.
After earning his degree from the University of Maryland School of Dentistry in 1965, he completed an internship in oral surgery at St. Agnes Hospital.
Dr. Forno served in the Army Dental Corps at Fort Bragg, N.C., and was a dental associate at an East Baltimore dental practice for several years before establishing his own practice in Joppatowne in 1970.
"He loved dentistry as well as interacting with his patients and employees," said his wife of 43 years, the former Judith Tutchton. "He donated many hours of dentistry to the needy during his career and was well-known for his honesty, integrity and sense of humor."
His professional memberships included the American Dental Association, the Maryland State Dental Association and the Harford-Cecil Dental Society. He was also an active member of the Harford County Donated Dental Services Program.
Dr. Forno moved to Belcamp in 2004 from Fallston, where he had lived for 30 years. He retired from dentistry in 2004.
He was an avid wine collector and had amassed a wine cellar of more than 500 bottles, Mrs. Forno said. He was also a gourmet cook and enjoyed entertaining family and friends.
Dr. Forno was a Democrat and a student of American political history, his wife said.
He was a bonsai gardener and enjoyed visiting bonsai exhibits. He was a member of the Baltimore Bonsai Club.
A memorial Mass will be offered at 11 a.m. Jan. 10 at Holy Spirit Roman Catholic Church, 540 Joppa Farm Road in Joppatowne.
Also surviving are two sons, Dr. D. Marcus Forno of Salisbury and Christopher Paul Forno of Denver; two brothers, Thomas R. Forno of Baltimore and Samuel P. Forno of Timonium; and four grandchildren.
Frederick N. Rasmussen