Aranki, Dr. Alexander, 81, died on February 9, 2017 at
Philip Hulitar Inpatient Center in Providence, RI. He was the beloved husband of Gloria (Vargas) Aranki for over 55 Years. Born in Jerusalem in 1935, he was the son of Adelina (Sleman) and Alfredo Aranki.
Raised in Chile, he attended the University of Chile and received his Doctorate of Dentistry in 1961. He received a Fellowship to the University of Chile to study microorganisms at the University of Parana, Brazile. Between 1961 and 1971 he served at the School of Dentistry in Chile, reaching department Head.
Dr. Aranki received a Fellowship from Kellogg Foundation in 1966-1967 to study oral microbiology at University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, where he designed the “Aranki Chamber” for Anaerobic Bacterial Growth. He published a number of papers dealing with the oral environment. Dr. Aranki immigrated to the United States becoming a United States citizen in the 1970s. He served as Vice President of Scott Laboratories before entering Tufts University in 1979 to renew his Doctorate of Dental Medicine.
For over twenty years, Dr. Aranki operated a General Dental Practice in Cranston, RI; he worked for the Department of Dentistry at RI Hospital from 1981-1986. His professional achievements included: Trustee, Region One (New England) Academy of General Dentistry; President, New England Master Track Program, Academy of General Dentistry; Member, National Fellowship Examination Committee, Academy of General Dentistry; and, President of RI Academy of General Dentistry from 1986-1991.
Alexander was also involved in many other Academy General Dentistry Committees; Instructor at the School of Medicine Department of Microbiology Ann Arbor Michigan; Instructor Community College of Rhode Island (CCRI) Dental Hygiene Program; and in 1998 inspired the creation of Scientific Forestry Society of Chile.
Alexander Aranki was blessed with a daughter, Gloria Aranki DiLucia and her husband Stephen DiLucia of Cranston. Grandfather of Stephanie and Alexander DiLucia. He will be missed by his sibling’s Nabil, Lily, Nadim, and Monica (Aranki) Pancel, wife of Dr. Laslo Pancel, as well as many nieces and nephews.
A Funeral Service for Dr. Alexander Aranki will take place in Swan Point Cemetery’s Redwood Chapel at 10am, on February 15, 2017. Burial to follow in Swan Point Cemetery, 585 Blackstone Blvd. Providence, RI