Dr. Benjamin H. Cassutto, veterinarian

Dr. Benjamin H. Cassutto

Dr. Benjamin H. Cassutto, a veterinarian and Army veteran, died Thursday of cancer at Nanticoke Hospital in Seaford, Del. The Millsboro, Del., resident was 52.

The son of a minister and a Carroll County educator, Benjamin Henricus Cassutto was born in Passaic, N.J., and was raised in the Villa Nova neighborhood of Baltimore County.

He was a 1978 graduate of Milford Mill High School and earned a bachelor's degree in 1981 from the University of Cincinnati.

Dr. Cassutto earned a degree from Old Dominion University in 1983 and his veterinary degree in 1989 from Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in Blacksburg, Va.

He enlisted in the Army and served from 1995 to 1999 as chief of the Veterinary Resources Section, Clinical Research Laboratory. He also served in the 81st Medical Group at Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi, Miss., as liaison to the hospital commander on animal care and use.

Dr. Cassutto was veterinary officer of the Okinawa Branch Veterinary Service at Kadena Air Force Base, and was a founding member of the FEMA/U.S. Department of Homeland Security Veterinary Medical Assistance Team.

He was discharged in 1999 with the rank of captain. Dr. Cassutto worked for several practices, including Mount Carmel Veterinary Hospital and the Reisterstown 24-Hour Veterinary Complex.

From 2001 to 2005, he owned a wellness clinic for pets, and from 2005 to 2010 he owned and managed the Banfield Veterinary Hospital in Salisbury. In recent years, he was the campus veterinarian for Salisbury University.

Dr. Cassutto was a finalist in 2010 in the animal care category for Maryland's Health Care Heroes Award.

"He devoted his life to the care of animals, was a passionate scientist, medical practitioner and advocate for animals," said a sister, Hetty Haden of Reisterstown.

He was an Orioles and Ravens fan.

Dr. Cassutto was an active member of Living Stones Church, and was a congregational leader at Beth L'Chaim Messianic Congregation.

Services will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Living Stones Church, 31695 Winterplace Parkway, Salisbury.

In addition to his sister, Dr. Cassutto is survived by his wife of 14 years, the former Elizabeth Mickel; a twin brother, George H. Cassutto of Knoxville, Frederick County; two other sisters, Carolyn Stewart of Glen Burnie and Marilyn Chryssovergis of West Orange, N.J.; and many nieces and nephews.

An earlier version of this obituary omitted the name of Dr. Cassutto's twin brother. The Baltimore Sun regrets the error.