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RAYMOND E. LIGOURI M.D. Obituary
Raymond E. Liguori, M.D., F.A.C.C. (1924-2013) Resident of Walnut Creek Raymond E. Liguori, M.D., F.A.C.C. passed peacefully into eternal rest on March 19, 2013 after a long illness and surrounded by his loving family. Aged 88 years, he was the youngest of three sons born to devoted parents and an extended Italian family in New Jersey. In 1945 Raymond served on the hospital ship USHS Shamrock, based in the Bay of Naples. As were others in his unit, he was awarded two Bronze Stars for his service during the invasion of Italy. These experiences as a medic, and as a laboratory and pharmacy technician, reinforced his decision to pursue a career in medicine upon his return home. He graduated from Villanova College in 1946, and from Georgetown University's School of Medicine in 1950. He met his wife-to-be, Jerry, at Sibley Memorial Hospital in Washington, D.C. where she was working as a student nurse , and of meeting her he said, "she was a force to be reckoned with . my life was forever changed". Raymond completed his post-graduate training in medicine at a number of hospitals including St. Michael's Hospital in Newark, New Jersey, and VA Hospitals in Washington, D.C., Dayton, Ohio and East Orange, New Jersey. During the Korean War he worked as a physician at the U.S. Air Force Hospital in Wimpole Park, England. In 1957 he and Jerry relocated their growing family to Southern California, where Raymond embarked on a 30+ year career in internal medicine and cardiology in Oxnard, California. He established a private practice in Oxnard in 1957, and later expanded this to form Cabrillo Cardiology, Inc. He loved his patients and his work as a physician, from his time at Ventura County General Hospital as an internist, instructor, and Chief of Medical Service (1965-66) to his years at Saint John's Hospital in Oxnard. While at Saint John's he established the Coronary Care Unit (1965), making it the third CCU in Southern California, and the first in Ventura County. At Saint John's Raymond was privileged to serve as the Director of the Coronary Care Unit (1965-86), as Chief of Staff (1972), and as Director of the Intensive Care Unit (1979-80). During the 1970s he completed two fellowships in cardiology, at the Wadsworth VA Hospital and Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, both in Los Angeles. He was a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology, and a Diplomate of the American Board of Internal Medicine in Internal Medicine (1958) and in Cardiology (1979). Over the years Raymond took immense pleasure in his time with his beloved Jerry and their five daughters, traveling frequently and having many family adventures. But the simpler times with his family were also a great joy to him, from family games to barbecues, to enjoying music and dancing with Jerry and their friends, to nurturing his garden and avocado grove. His spiritual life was one of lifelong depth and devotion, and he approached each day with optimism and kindness for others. He was an avid reader, and endlessly curious about the world and all its inhabitants. The daily rituals of caring for his patients, interacting with his professional peers, and spending happy times at home formed a beautiful pattern to a life lived fully and peacefully. He was known for both his intellect and for his wit. His puns and gentle humor were always in evidence, and he was frequently greeted with smiles and happy greetings by his patients when out and about in Ventura County. Raymond is survived by Jerry, his beloved wife of nearly 64 years, and by his five daughtersLaurie (Rick), Kathi (Don), Jan (Phil), Andrea (Jeremy,) and Alisa (John) eight grandchildren, two and a half great-grandchildren, numerous extended family members, and by many friends gathered across the years. While living, and dying, Raymond was the consummate teacher to his family and others. We have been blessed beyond measure by his loving presence, and his legacy will continue on in our lives, and in those of our children. The family wishes to thank the employees of Interim for their loving compassionate care, especially Austin Van Dyke and Edward Aguiar. The burial will be private and a memorial Mass is scheduled for Thursday, April 4, at 10:00 AM at St. Anne's Church in Walnut Creek. Memorial donations may be sent to Hospice of the East Bay or to .
Published in Contra Costa Times on Mar. 24, 2013
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