Services for a University of Arizona physician and pediatrics pioneer are set for Saturday in Tucson.

Dr. George Comerci, 81, died Feb. 10 of natural causes.

Services are scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday at Immanuel Presbyterian Church, 9252 E. 22nd St.

Visitation is set for the day before, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, at Bring’s Funeral Home, 6910 E. Broadway Blvd.

Comerci was one of the founding members of the UA Department of Pediatrics, a past-president of the American Academy of Pediatrics and a major figure in the development of adolescent medicine as a pediatric sub-specialty in the United States.

Dr. Comerci established the adolescent medicine program at the UA in 1977 and the UA College of Medicine "George Comerci Visiting Professorship in Adolescent Medicine" was established in 2007 to honor those groundbreaking accomplishments.

Comerci graduated from Rutgers University College of Pharmacy and Temple University Medical School.

He interned with the U.S.  Public Health Service and completed his residency at Saint Christopher's Hospital for Children (Temple University) in Philadelphia.

After four years of private practice in New Jersey, he was appointed assistant professor of pediatrics and outpatient director at the Glennon Children's Hospital, Saint Louis University Medical School.

In 1969, he became director of ambulatory pediatrics and deputy head of the Department of Pediatrics at the UA College of Medicine, where the department's ambulatory-focused teaching program was twice winner of the Ambulatory Pediatric Association's  teaching award.

He served for two years as the college's first associate dean for continuing medical education and in 1979 became professor of pediatrics and of family and community medicine.

In 1991 he was named director of pediatric and adolescent medicine at Desert Hills Center for Youth and Families in Tucson.

In 2004, he received the Clifford G. Grulee Award from the American Academy of Pediatrics for his outstanding service to the organization.

Comerci was president of the Pima County Pediatric Society and the Arizona Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

  Comerci's career had a positive impact on his family: His son graduated from the UA College of Medicine, and his grandson is currently enrolled there.

His daughter-in-law and two of his grandchildren graduated from the UA College of Nursing. He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Jane, their three children, George, Janice, Andy and seven grandchildren.