Deceased August 19, 2014
While never truly surprised, since our average class age runs from the mid-80s to the early 90s, it is always sad to learn of the death of another classmate, since our memories go back to the days of our vibrant youth.
Miguel came to Amherst from Puerto Rico, joined Phi Delta Theta and had a distinguished career in medicine. He passed away Aug. 19 of natural causes and is survived by his five sons and seven grandchildren.
After college he attended Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, graduating in 1953. He interned and did his residency in urology in New York City, completing that training in 1960. En route, he served in the Army Medical Corps from 1955 to 1957.
In June 1953, he had married his sweetheart, Teresa, whom he had met in Puerto Rico, and they moved to Covina, Calif., in 1963. He joined a small multi-specialty group of 12 doctors which has since grown to number 50.
He truly enjoyed his profession and the community. He and his wife participated in several civic organizations, and he was very active in his church. They traveled extensively over the years and last visited Amherst in 1991. He semi-retired in 1993 and retired fully in 1997.
His only sad news was that of the passing of his beloved wife in 1998 after battling ovarian cancer. Like many of us who have had this experience, he spoke of the pain and sorrow, and the shock since Teresa had enjoyed excellent health for all of her 66 years. In his last report to the college, he said how grateful he was for the wonderful memories and thanked God for his many blessings. His tribute is a worthwhile lesson for all of us.
Gerry Reilly ‘49