Ralph A. Carabasi Jr., 87, a longtime member of the oncology faculty and medical staff at Thomas Jefferson University, died of Crohn's disease Friday in Palm Beach, Fla., where he had lived in retirement for 30 years.
Dr. Carabasi was a Philadelphia native and longtime resident of Bryn Mawr. He and his wife, the former Helen McCloskey, were active in the region's cultural life, serving as fund-raising cochairs for the Rodin Museum.
The Philadelphia and Pennsylvania Medical Societies presented awards to Dr. Carabasi for 50 years of contributions to medicine, including research funded by the American Cancer Society. He was a fellow of the American College of Physicians and a member of the J. Aitken Meigs Medical Association.
He was a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and Thomas Jefferson University, and a fellow and class president at the Ochsner Clinic in New Orleans.
Dr. Carabasi is survived by his wife of 60 years; sons R. Anthony, William, Matthew, Paul and Thomas; daughters Helen T. Whittaker and Joy Belew; a brother; nine grandchildren; and four step-grandsons.
A private memorial service was held Saturday in West Palm Beach, Fla.