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Dr. Marvin Vincent Cavallino

November 9, 1937July 25, 2020
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Dr. Marvin Vincent Cavallino, died on Saturday, July 25, 2020 at Saint Anna’s at Lambeth House in New Orleans. He was 82 years of age. Dr. Cavallino is survived by his children, Claudia and Marc Cavallino, and his grandchildren, Andrew and Luke Cavallino. He was preceded in death by his parents, Vincent and Marie Cavallino, and his sister, Jacqueline Cavallino Neyrey. Dr. Cavallino was born and raised in New Orleans. He graduated from Holy Cross High School in 1955, where he excelled in football, and earned a football scholarship. He received his bachelor’s from St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas, and in 1964 he graduated from the Loyola School of Dentistry in New Orleans. He completed his residency in pediatric dentistry at the University of Nebraska. Dr. Cavallino was a pediatric dentist in Metairie for over forty years, and was a member of the New Orleans Dental Association and American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. Due to COVID restrictions, a private Funeral Mass and interment will be held for the family. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Dr. Cavallino’s memory to Holy Cross High School, 5500 Paris Ave., New Orleans, LA 70122. To view and sign the guest book, please visit www.lakelawnmetairie.com


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Dr. Marvin Vincent Cavallino

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Mike Prendergast

August 11, 2020

Marvin and I were friends at St. Edward's University. He was one of those people that everyone knew and liked. We played intramural football & basketball on the same teams. We also partied together at Eli's, a famous watering hole in Austin at that time. Marvin invited me home for Thanksgiving. His parents were wonderful folks, always making me feel at home whenever I visited after that.
Needless to say, Marvin introduced me to the "Quarter" where we partied hard, even going there during Mardi Gras one year.
Marvin, Dewey Doga, and I moved off campus to avoid the strict rules of the University during their Sr. Year (I was a Soph). What a year! So many other guys planned to do the same the following year that the Administration ruled against it and another student and I had to move back into the dorm the following year(s). I didn't see Marvin and Dewey again after they graduated until the Summer of '62 when Marvin was on his way to Ft. Hood as a newly minted officer in the Army Medical Corps. During his return, Marvin said it was the best possible experience because the dental procedures he was allowed to perform were way ahead of what he was doing in dental school. It served him well.

RIP brother, you were one helluva guy. I'll miss your friendly demeanor and infectious smile.

Marvin, Dewey and I all on the same team.

Frank Sclafani, Sr.

August 10, 2020

Marvin and I graduated Holy Cross High School one year apart. We played high school football under Coach Lou Brownson. Again, as friends, we graduated St. Edward's University in Austin, TX.
Marvin always had an easy smile and a charming disposition that disarmed his imposing athletic frame . I will never forget the generous time he spent doing me a personal favor.
Sincerely miss you, my friend Marvin,
Frank P. Sclafani, Sr.

Michael Friel

August 4, 2020

I am sorry to hear of your father’s passing. May he rest in peace. Our prayer intentions are for you and your family at this time. You are a great torch bearer to carry your family legacy of excellence in pediatric dentistry.
With Sympathy,
The Friel Family

Gerry Spinazze

August 4, 2020

Great memories from st Ed’s my first year there he was such a friendly and outgoing person A friend to all

Ronny Carr

August 3, 2020

Claudia, Marc and Family,
Rhoda and I wish you to know that we are saddened to learn of the death of your father. I read the previously entered remembrances and they portray him as we also knew him, a smiling (he had great teeth), friendly and generous person. As a classmate, I admired his always-neat appearance, intelligence, and diligence. How could he not be successful in his profession! I regret he was not able to join a while back in a mini class reunion at Commander’s Palace of most of us living in the city (plus S.E. Ellender from Houma). We missed him then and miss him now. Prayers for all... Ronny Carr

Sharion Holleran Hart

August 2, 2020

I met Marvin when I was a little girl. My cousin, Joe Stepanski played football with him at Holy Cross. These two guys were bigger than life for me. I remember he brought a ham to to Joe’s house at Christmastime. In later years, he was my children’s dentist. Such a gentle giant. RIP my friend.

Doris Lackey

August 2, 2020

Marvin was a dear and life long friend. Four other women and I shared an apartment on St. Charles Ave. while we were going to Loyola. When Marvin arrived for dental school he looked up his best college friend at St.Edward’s little sister who was one of our roommates. Bud had asked him to look out for his little sister. He not only looked out for her but for the rest of us as well. We all kept in touch over the years and whenever together shared a glass of vino and a wonderful meal and lots of good conversation and laughter and fun. We shared the good things and the sad and the grief laden events of our lives. Rest in peace dear friend. We miss you.

Glenn Schmidt

August 1, 2020

I met Marvin while part of a dental study club that met weekly. We discussed many aspects of dental practice. Marvin always had nice words of wisdom and suggestions and always had a smile on his face. I got to know Marvin well through those years and he even did some dental work on my kids when they were young. We lost a really nice guy .
Condolences and sympathy to the family. Thanks Marvin for being a part of my life. A wonderful gentleman and colleague .

Kathleen Frank

August 1, 2020

I am so sorry for your loss. Dr. Cavallino was a wonderful man and dentist. My three daughters never feared the dentist (as I did as a child) and it was all because of him. They could not understand why as an adult they couldn’t continue to see him. You could tell he loved what he did and my daughters loved him. His personality made them and me at ease. He was a blessing and I don’t believe there will ever be another dentist like him. He always made us feel like family. I cannot express our love and appreciation for his life.

Cindy Billon Stewart

August 1, 2020

My family is so sorry to hear about Dr. Cavallino’s passing . He was my children’s dentist . Creighton Belt 36 , BonnieBelt 33. They loved Dr. Cavalino . They both went to see him until college . He was so loving and kind to our family . As a parent it means a lot when your children feel so comfortable with their dentist . We will be forever grateful . Our thoughts and prayers are with the family .


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