Dr. Carlos Cesar |
March 12, 1920 -
April 27, 2014
Carlos was born in Havana, Cuba the second son of Alfredo Antonetti and Maria Muniz and the younger brother of Alfredo Guillermo Antonetti (May 11, 1917 - December 15, 2013) and passed away peacefully amongst his closest friends and family on April 27, 2014.
Carlos was raised a Catholic attending Belen Jesuit School in Havana while his father attended the University Of Havana School Of Medicine. After his father's graduation from medical school the family moved to Paris, France where Carlos' father attended the Pasteur Institute. They lived in Paris for two years and were home-schooled by their mother during that time. After the family's return to Cuba in 1930, the political tension in the country meant the young Antonetti brothers were once again home-schooled by their impossibly intelligent mother until The Havana Institute reopened several years later. Carlos and his brother graduated in the same class.
On February 23, 1946 he married the stunning Havana socialite, Olga Aixala. They had four beautiful daughters while still living in Cuba: Natalia Maria, Olga Teresita, Maria Elena and Maria Christina. Olga and Carlos celebrated their 68th wedding anniversary this past February. In Havana, Carlos partnered with his brother and his father and founded La Clinica Antonetti, the premier health-care facility in Cuba. It was owned and operated by the three Antonetti men until the communist rebellion and takeover of the island in the late 1950's.
In 1960, he fled the communist oppression of Cuba with his family and proceeded to embody the American dream through hard work and an unmatched set of skills, first in Miami and Wichita Falls, before settling in Houston for good in 1964. Other than his family, his life was devoted to knowledge and medicine. He spent his first few years in Houston as a visiting fellow at Baylor College of Medicine while working at Jeff Davis Hospital as a tuberculosis specialist. He established his private practice first at The Medical Arts Professional Building and Hospital subsequently moving his private practice (which always had at least two family members in its employ) to the north side of Houston while serving as chief of staff at Parkway Hospital. Most of his clientele were under-insured and English was their second language, but they were always welcomed and taken care of at Dr. Antonetti's office. He treated his patients as if they were family, dispensing both tough love and necessary treatment in matching doses, all the while displaying an almost supernatural skill for diagnosis. He reluctantly retired at 90 years old, refusing a retirement party.
Dr. Antonetti defied being labeled just by the nature of his own personality. He could be quiet and contemplative one minute, boisterous and verbose the next. The walls of his office were adorned with voluminous medical text books alongside books on philosophy, literature, history, and mythology. He was equal parts an intellectual, doctor, fisherman, author, chef, father, husband, friend, marksman, world-traveler, raconteur and gentleman. He could speak extensively about a particularly favorite opera, modern American politics, pulmonary diseases, or even baseball with indistinguishable passion and knowledge. His strength, humor, and passion lives on through his children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. He will be missed by so many, but forgotten by none.
He is survived by his aforementioned wife and daughters, his son-in-law Charles Rudolphy, and by his grandchildren John Charles Goudie, Christopher Gibson and his wife Wesley, Jennifer Rudolphy, Amy Crugnale and her husband Brian, Eric Rudolphy and his wife Tessa, Emily Antonetti-Elford, and Megan Antonetti-Elford. He is also survived by his great grandchildren Elena Marie Crugnale, Carlos Christopher Gibson, and Lucille Louise Gibson.
He was met in heaven with open arms by his eldest daughter Natalia. Services will be held on Friday, May 2, 2014 at Saint Frances de Sales Church at 10 a.m. 8200 Roos Road - Houston, TX - 77036 /
Published in Houston Chronicle on May 1, 2014