Dr. Anthony J. Verlangieri

August 2, 1945 ~ February 27, 2022

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Dr. Anthony Joseph Verlangieri, 76, of Oxford, MS passed away peacefully Sunday, February 27, 2022, surrounded by those he loved.

He is survived by his children Regina Verlangieri, Joseph Verlangieri and Jason Verlangieri and his wife Nikki; grandson Luke Verlangieri and his wife Hannah; grandchildren Logan, Giada and Anthony; sisters Carole Erskine, Diane Raghavan, Mary Verlangieri; and three nephews and four nieces.

Preceding him in death was his wife Maureen Halloran; parents Anthony and Carolyn; and brother Joel.

The eldest of five children, Anthony was born in Newark, NJ and grew up in Springfield, NJ where he attended Catholic school. In college, he attended Rutgers University where he earned his B.Sc. in Biochemistry and was a member of the Kappa Sigma Fraternity, followed by Pennsylvania State University where he earned his Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Physiology.

Anthony’s professional experience began while earning his Ph.D at Penn State as a Research Assistant in the Department of Biochemistry and then back to Rutgers as Assistant Professor of Environmental Toxicology at the Cook College Department of Animal Sciences. Looking to further his research aspirations he found himself moving south with his family to Oxford. Once there, he spent the next thirty-four years researching atherosclerosis and other health related conditions and how to treat them; educating future scientists, doctors and pharmacists; and bringing international attention to the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy.

As Director of the Atherosclerosis Research Laboratories and a Professor of Toxicology and Pharmacology, he most enjoyed his research, mentoring his graduate students, many of whom became like family, and advocating for the ethical treatment of animals in scientific research. In 1990, he was awarded and presented the Hermes Vitamin Research Prize at HERMES Pharma in Munich, Germany; awarded for “the most important international work in the field of Vitamins and Disease,” selected by a panel of world recognized scientists in the field. He retired in 2014 after sitting briefly as a Department Chair.

In the Oxford community, he was an active supporter and leader of youth activities and sports, local and regional science-fairs and advisor to local groups like the American Diabetes Association of Oxford. In retirement, he enjoyed spending time with his family and great friend Bettye. He loved to dine out and take in the occasional movie and was never shy to share his reviews. He had a wonderful, yet subtle enough that you almost didn’t get the joke sense of humor that always made you laugh, because usually you were the joke.

He was a great man and father who loved and took care of his family unconditionally, a wonderful character in life that you enjoyed being around and whose memory will endure. Anthony will be missed and fondly remembered. We take comfort in knowing that he is now at peace surrounded by light.

A memorial for Anthony will take place at Waller Funeral Home on Saturday, March 5, 2022, from 10:30 A.M. until 12:30 P.M. directly followed by a Catholic Service at 12:30 P.M. in the Waller Funeral Home Chapel. Father Jesuraj Xavier presiding.

The family requests that expressions of sympathy or memorial contributions in Anthony’s memory be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital or to the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation (https://app.mobilecause.com/vf/PFFTribute/AnthonyVerlangieri).


Saturday, March 5, 2022 10:30AM – 12:30PM

Waller Funeral Home & Cremation Services
419 Highway 6 West P.O. Box 1200
Oxford, MS 38655


Saturday, March 5, 2022 12:30PM – 12:00AM

Waller Funeral Home & Cremation Services
419 Highway 6 West P.O. Box 1200
Oxford, MS 38655

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