Dr. Mazzini Bueno, known as “Nini” in Brazil and “Max” in the United States, was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on August 23, 1937. He died on February 20, 2020, at the age of 82. Max was the son of the late Marcio Muller and Marilia (Telles) Bueno, stepson to the late Paulo Antonio Telles Bardy, and brother to the late Laura Nagel.
Max was raised and educated in Rio de Janeiro. In 1956, Max immigrated to the United States to continue his education at the University of Vermont in Burlington, VT, from where he received his undergraduate degree in 1960 and his medical degree in 1965. After medical school, Max was an intern at the Rhode Island Hospital in Providence, RI, until 1966.
Max became a United States citizen in 1962 and was a Vietnam Veteran. He was a Captain in the United States Air Force and served at the Sewart Airforce Base in Smyrna, TN, from 1966 to 1968. During that time Max earned a medal for his sharp shooting skills.
Upon completing his military service, Max became a Radiology
resident at Dartmouth Medical School, and attended a fellowship program at the
Armed Forces Institute of Pathology at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center. Max
completed his residency in 1971 and became Board Certified in Radiology in
1972. He specialized in Diagnostic Radiology.
Max married Raella Bueno in Barre, VT, on October 2, 1965. They settled in Claremont, NH, where they raised two children, Lauro and Andrea. During his years in Claremont, Max was a member of the Kiwanis Club, the Lake Mitchell Fly Fishing Club, as well as an assistant soccer coach at the Claremont PeeWee soccer program and the Claremont Junior High School.
In 1971, Max joined a private practice in Charlestown, NH, Valley Radiologist Professional Association, started by his partner, the late Dr. Edward “Tom” Kane. From 1971 until 1992, Max worked as a Radiologist at several hospitals in New Hampshire and Vermont, including Valley Regional Hospital, Mt. Ascutney Hospital, Alice Peek Day Hospital and New London Hospital. For many years, Max served as a member of the board of Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Valley Regional Hospital. In April 1974, Drs. Kane and Bueno began one of the first Mammography programs in Northern New England at Valley Regional Hospital.
After Max and Raella divorced in 1992, he relocated to Pittsfield, MA. He married the late Judy Culver of Pittsfield in August 1996. Max continued to practice as a Radiologist at Hillcrest Hospital in Pittsfield from 1993 to 1997, then at Harrington Memorial Hospital in Southbridge, MA, until December 2007, when he retired. Judy died in January 2008.
In 2009, Max returned to Rio de Janeiro where he resided until 2014, when he returned to New Hampshire. Since 2019 and until his death, Max resided at the Historic Homes of Runnemede in Windsor, VT.
Throughout his life, Max was an accomplished photographer and an avid naturalist, who loved hiking the woods of Vermont and New Hampshire carrying his many cameras. Max greatly enjoyed soccer, especially his beloved Brazilian team, Fluminense FC. Max loved all animals, especially cats and dogs.
Max is survived by his children, Lauro and his wife Tomoko Kataoka of New York, NY, and Andrea and her husband Rangi Keen and his grandchildren, Piper and Sebastian of Meriden, New Hampshire; his stepchildren, Jennifer and her husband Brian Berkel of Pittsfield, Jeffrey Culver of Pittsfield, and Richard and his wife Mary Culver of Springfield, MA; and his nieces and nephews: Jennifer Nagel-Vazquez, Dr. Michael Nagel, Nicholas Nagel, Amy Buzzell Mullins, Jared Buzzell, and Dr. Maria Buzzell Steed; as well as several cousins and extended family members in Brazil and Ohio.
A celebration of Max’s life will be held at the Stringer Funeral Home at 146 Broad Street, Claremont, New Hampshire on Saturday, March 21, from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm. Family, friends and anyone who wish to express their condolences are invited. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Max’s memory to the Appalachian Mountain Club, https://www.outdoors.org/get-involved/donate/tribute-gift and the Susan G. Komen for Metastatic Breast Cancer Research, https://givetoaproject.komen.org/#explore.
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