Roberta A. Acquaviva

February 15, 1938October 7, 2011

Roberta Acquaviva - Nurse Educator

Roberta A. Acquaviva of Raleigh passed away on October 7, 2011. Ms.Acquaviva, a recent arrival to Raleigh, was a 55-year member of the nursing profession, and was widely respected for her contributions to nursing and to nurse practitioners.

Born in Binghamton, New York, Ms. Acquaviva received her early nurse’s training at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Lemoyne College in Syracuse, NY, and obtained her graduate education at Boston College. She was a leader in the field of emergency nursing, and taught in the nurse practitioner program at the University of Colorado in Denver. She also had long experience in medical reimbursement, and was the Director of Risk Management at Georgetown University Medical Center.

She is survived by four siblings, Lauren M. Acquaviva of Bethesda, MD, Francis A. Acquaviva of Raleigh, NC, Margaret A. Cerio of Camillus, NY, and Eleanor A. Davis of Raleigh: and numerous nieces and nephews.

A memorial service for Ms. Acquaviva will be held on October 16th at 5:00 pm at Brown-Wynne Funeral Home, 300 Saint Mary’s St, Raleigh, NC.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that contributions be made to the Zeitler Endowment, c/o the Rex Healthcare Foundation, 2500 Blue Ridge Rd. #325, Raleigh, NC 27607.

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Robert Girouard

October 23, 2011

Bobby and I first became friends when she was studying for her B.S. in Nursing at Boston College in the early 1960's. She made sure I sought out her brother, Fran, when I moved to Washington in the early 1960's.

She introduced my to my wife. She was the Maid of Honor at our wedding and our daughter, Anna Roberta, is named after her. Fran held Anna at her baptism. is a link to a photo of Bobby as the Maid of Honor in 1963.

Bobby and I lost contact over the years and only met up again, in Washington, DC, about 40 years later, not too long before she moved to Raleigh, NC. Agreeing to meet in a bookstore in Bethesda, MD., I wondered if we would be able to recognize one another after all those years. There was no need to worry. If you look at the photo posted by Alice Stewart on this guest book and look at the photo to which I have added a link, it's remarkable how little Bobby's appearance had changed over 40 years.

Bobby was sui generis; they broke the mold when they made her and she will be sorely missed by all whose lives she touched.

Ciao, bella!

Alice Stewart

October 17, 2011

October 13, 2011

I miss my friend so much . . . Last night, some of us in the Meetup group that she formed in Raleigh - Italiano a Raleigh - gathered for dinner and raised our glasses in gratitude for her leadership, strength, friendship and inspiration . . . My thoughts are with Roberta's family. Trish

Francine Roberson

October 12, 2011

Ralph and I send our sincerest sympathy to the entire family, but especially to Fran and Jane, our dear friends and fellow opera lovers. You are in our prayers and our hearts.

Shirley Truesdell - Webb

October 12, 2011

Bless Roberta's family. Living on the south side Roberta and I were in the same class at Lincoln, then in classes at West and Central. Great memories!

Kathy Bergan

October 12, 2011

Fran.Lanny,Margie,Terry & all,
Please know that my thoughts and prayers are w/ each of you. Bobby was not only a brillant & amazing women but a truly wonderful friend and mentor. I will miss her and remember her always w/ great fondness. The world is a better because of her presence in it. God Bless. As ever, Kathy B

October 11, 2011

Dear Margaret and Monica,

Please accept the sympathy of Le Moyne College on the occasion of the death of your Sister and Aunt, respectively. Be assured of our prayers for her, for you and for your family.

~Le Moyne College Office of Alumni & Parent Programs

Maureen (Kelley) Kniffen

October 11, 2011

Sorry to read of the passing of Roberta. My sincere condolences to a family of whom I have many fond memories while growing up.