Class of 57
Having attended a Benedictine prep school, Cilento wanted to continue in the same tradition for college. “People don’t realize the background and foundation that you get at Saint A’s. It is a warm and comforting feeling to have that relationship with the community and to have a lifelong association,” he says. A former Red Key Society member and Tower editor, he continues to visit Saint Anselm often and stays active in the Alumni Association.
Cilento was a biochemistry major and always knew he wanted to be a doctor. In the middle of his studies at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, he was inspired by the magnetic personality of the chairman of the pediatrics department. Cilento realized then that taking care of children and watching them get better was a gratifying task.
Cilento completed his internship at the Naval Hospital in Newport, R.I. and his residency in the pediatrics department at the Naval Hospital in Chelsea, Mass. He was a medical officer in the U.S. Navy before opening his own practice. He has served as the chief of pediatrics and president of the medical staff at South Shore Hospital in South Weymouth, Mass.
Today, as a retired pediatrician and Golden Anselmians, Cilento contributes to Saint Anselm’s College by being on the Board of the Council of Golden Anselmians.
Contributed by Jaclyn Conley ’13