Born November 23, 1937, in Porto Alegre, Brazil
Dr. Rigatto developed a deep and enduring passion for clinical research and championed its importance for improving patient care throughout his long career. His passion took him to do research training in neonatology at the CVRI in California, and then, after a brief hiatus back in Brazil, to Winnipeg, where he established the provinces first Neonatal intensive care unit and its associated world class research program, which has trained and mentored outstanding clinical and academic leaders in neonatology the world over. For him, success and fame were never the main objectives. He always believed that research was always in service of patients first and foremost, and as a dedicated clinician helped countless premature babies and their families over the decades, in Canada and across the world. Patients, students, and colleagues the world over will remember most his kind and nurturing nature, always centered on the deep human experience that is medicine.
Dr. Rigatto was predeceased by his wife Helena in 2009. He will be deeply missed by his children, Claudio (Lisa), Elisabete (Rhyl) and Ana (Allan); grandchildren, Nicolas, Alexander, Reid, Cristina, Benjamin and Massimo; sister Helena Kauer (Alfredo), in-laws, Marco Antonio (Jannette), Reja (Fernando) and Maria de Lourdes, cousins, nephews, nieces in Brazil, and countless friends and colleagues whose lives he touched.