Dr. Luis Yarzagaray

Dr. Luis Yarzagaray

Franklin, TN

Dr. Luis Yarzagaray, dearly beloved husband, father and grandfather, passed away at Vanderbilt Hospital in Nashville, TN. on February 26, 2014, at 81 years of age. A native of Arjona, Colombia, son of John Yarzagaray and Dolores Cogollo, he graduated from the University of Cartagena Medical School where he met the love of his life, fellow top student, Everildes, nee Polo, of Barranquilla, Colombia.

The couple married in April of 1962 and moved to Chicago, Illinois, to practice what became two very illustrious medical careers. Dr. Luis specialized in neurosurgery, held a professorship at Loyola University and the University of Chicago in the United States and at his alma mater in Colombia. He authored several textbooks and pioneered cutting edge neurosurgical techniques. Dr. Yarzagaray went on to become a highly decorated and sought after expert in his field; he was often the neurosurgeon on call for US Presidents Reagan and Bush Sr.

In 2010, he relocated to be near family and founded Nashville Neurological Care Clinic.

He was survived by his loving wife; five adoring daughters; five wonderful sons-in-law; and twenty-two grandchildren who brought him great joy.

Dr. Yarzagaray's family and friends sorely grieve the loss of what they knew was one of this world's truly great men: rich in love, Christ-like compassion, and generosity.

A Memorial service will be held at Christ Community Church in 1215 Hillsboro Road, Franklin, TN on Saturday, March 1, 2014 at 2 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital. http://shop.stjude.org/GiftCatalog/index.do

Williamson Memorial Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 615-794-2289. Williamsonmemorial.com

Funeral Home

Williamson Memorial Funeral Home and Cremation Services
3009 Columbia Avenue Franklin, TN 37064
(615) 794-2289

Published in The Tennessean on Feb. 28, 2014