Mark John Ricigliano
Mark John Ricigliano
  • July 29, 1956 - May 14, 2017
  • Highland, Maryland

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On May 14, 2017; MARK JOHN RICIGLIANO peacefully passed away. He was the cherished husband of Debra Ricigliano (nee Ritchie) for 39 years; loving father of Kristin Ricigliano; devoted son of Beatrice and the late Robert Ricigliano; brother of Robert Ricigliano and Cynthia Ortiz; brother-in-law of Robert and Linda Pipitone; uncle of a niece, many nephews, great nieces, and great nephews, all of whom he loved dearly and was extremely proud of. Mark will also be greatly missed by his greyhounds, Rex and Dee.

Mark grew up in Staten Island, NY and graduated from Monsignor Farrell High School in 1974. Later, he attended State University of NY at Cortland and went on to graduate from the University of Bologna, Bologna Italy with a doctorate in Veterinary medicine. In 1985, after graduation, Dr. Ricigliano moved to the eastern shore of Maryland and opened an equine veterinary practice. He specialized in standardbreds and for more than 20 years he was one of the primary equine vets that work at Rosecroft Raceway. He was also very involved with the Maryland Race Horse Industry. In the 1990's, he ventured into the telecommunications industry. He was the owner and CEO of Atlantic Media and Lightwave Communications. In the late 2000s, he went on to be the founder and director of Germantown, MD-based Adera BioOncology, which develops assays and companion diagnostics for pancreatic cancer.

Mark was a visionary; serial entrepreneur; role model for many young people, including those in his family and in his church; and always challenged himself - learning to sail, play the piano, kayaking, bike riding in DC. There was never a problem he couldn't solve, and he put his brilliance to the benefit of others. He lead missions trips to Appalachia, worked for Habitat for Humanity.

Mark loved his DC teams; the Nats, Redskins, and the Caps. With the Redskins every season he would say "hope springs eternal" which reflects his greater attitude towards life. He also played in a 40+ hockey league and made it to as many Caps games as possible.

Family will receive friends on Sunday, May 21 from 2-4 & 6-8PM at WITZKE FUNERAL HOMES, INC., 5555 Twin Knolls Road, Columbia, MD 21045. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 10:30AM, Monday, May 22 at St. Mary of the Mills Catholic Church, 114 St. Mary's Place, Laurel, MD 20707. Interment at 1PM in Gate of Heaven Cemetery. For those desiring, memorial donations may be made in his memory to Let's Win, an online community founded by his dear friend Anne Glauber for those affected by Pancreatic Cancer. Donations can be mailed to The Lustgarten Foundation ATTN: Let's Win, 1111 Stewart Avenue Bethpage, NY 11714 or online at