It is with profound sadness that the family of Tibor Andrew Beresky, M.D., announces his death at the age of 98. A longtime resident of San Luis Obispo, Dr. Beresky died Sunday, March 9, 2014. He was born in Hungary in 1916 and along with his parents, immigrated to the U.S. in 1921. His early years were spent in Sheffield, Pa.; Akron, Ohio; and Chicago, Ill., where he graduated from Loyola University in 1937. He completed Medical School at Loyola University followed by an internship at King's County Hospital in Brooklyn. He joined the U.S. Navy at the beginning of World War II and served as a flight surgeon in a Carrier Support Unit (CSU) that supported Torpedo Bomber squadrons operating in the South Pacific. Shortly after the War, he met his future wife, Gertrude "Trudy" Gallagher - they were married in 1946 at the Naval Air Station in Alameda, Calif. Later that year, he was discharged from the Navy with the rank of Lieutenant Commander. For the next several years, they remained in Alameda while he completed specialized training in Ophthalmology at Stanford University and the University of California at San Francisco. In 1950, along with his new family, they moved to San Luis Obispo, where he became the county's first practicing ophthalmologist. In addition to maintaining a private practice in San Luis Obispo for over 40 years, he served as an examiner for the American Academy of Ophthalmology. During this time, he provided expert and conscientious treatment to thousands of county residents in the treatment of eye disorders and diseases. Dr. Beresky was an avid tennis player for most of his life. While in college, he was the number one ranked player on the Loyola University varsity team. He was an avid player in many amateur tournaments and enjoyed social tennis on a regular basis. He was an accomplished snow skier and past president of the Northwest Medical Association, an organization of physicians dedicated to improving ski safety. He was a benefactor to the local community in ways outside of his medical service. He and Trudy were among the initial principle financial contributors to the San Luis Obispo Performing Arts Center at Cal Poly. He was a substantial benefactor to local Catholic parishes and other charities all his life. In the late 1950s, he was among the small cadre of physicians that founded Sierra Vista Hospital. In retirement, he immersed himself in many activities, including tending his rather substantial rose garden, training himself in computer usage and programming, skiing and playing tennis, traveling the world with his wife, and watching his six grandchildren grow to maturity. Good people are born into this world who lead fulfilling and productive lives, make substantial contributions to the world they live in, influence others in unique and special ways, and as result, leave much behind for the rest of us. Tibor Beresky was one such man. Dr. Beresky's family wishes to extend its heartfelt gratitude to his physician, Dr. Stephen Hilty of San Luis Obispo, Central Coast Hospice and owner, Kathy Tucker and her staff at The Lodges of Ada's Vineyard Senior Center in Paso Robles for the exceptional care provided him during his final years. Tibor is survived by his wife of 67 years, Trudy; sons Michael and Timothy Beresky; daughter, Susan Coyne; six grandchildren; and brother, Thomas Beresky. A private memorial service and funeral Mass was held subsequent to Dr Beresky's passing.
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Published in San Luis Obispo Tribune on Mar. 13, 2014