Pacifico San Luis
Pacifico S. Geronimo was born in Hulo, Mandaluyon, Rizal Province, Philippine Islands to Felipe Geronimo and Basilisa San Luis Geronimo on September 25, 1920. He later lived in Makati, Rizal a city across the Pasig River from where he was born. His early years were spent in various parts of the Philippines traveling and staying with relatives. After only 2 years in college, he enlisted in the Philippine Scouts, U.S. Army
stationed in Fort William McKinley. The attack of Clark Air Force base in Pampanga by the Japanese during World War II
led his regiment, the 57th Infantry, to face the Japanese onslaught in Pangasinan. The Fil-American Army were overwhelmed and forced to retreat to the Bataan Peninsula where they eventually surrendered. He endured and survived the now infamous Bataan Death March. Upon the liberation of the Philippines in 1945, he returned home and later was comissioned a First Lieutenant. He was sent to Guam and the Admiralty Islands in the Bismarck Archipelago with the 70th Engineer Construction Co., Marianas-Bonin Command in Agana, constructing large oil storage tanks until his discharge in 1949. His decorations and citations include: The Victory Medal WWII, American Defense Service Medal (1 bronze star), Philippine Defense Rib (1 bronze star), Philippine Liberation Rib (1 bronze star), Asiatic-Pacific Theater Medal (1 bronze star), and Distinguished Unit Badge (2 oak leaf cluster).
He returned to the Philippines and married Maria Josefina Quintero Cinco in 1949. He resumed and finished his medical education, graduating from the University of Santo Tomas, Faculty of Medicine and Surgery in Manila in 1955. Passing the Philippine Medical Board in September of 1955, he came to the USA to pursue further medical training. Following a year later, his wife and their 3 children joined him as he completed a rotating Internship at St. Mary's Hospital in Rochester, NY. He completed his Psychiatric Residency at Columbus Psychiatric Hospital in Columbus, OH. After his residency he practiced at Psychiatric Hospitals in Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Michigan and Ohio, finally settling in Toledo in 1970, where he established a Psychiatric Medical private practice. From the late 1970's through the 1980's he also served as Associate Medical Director of the Alcohol Recovery Program at St. Vincent's Hospital. He eventually retired from practice in 1991. In 1993 he came out of retirement to act as Staff Psychiatrist for The Toledo Veterans out patient clinic, eventually retiring for certain in July 1999. He played his sport of choice, tennis, into his late 80's.
He is a member of the American Medical Association, The Ohio Medical Association, The Academy of Medicine of Toledo and Lucas County, The retired Fellows of the Academy, a lifetime member of both the American Legion Post 553 and the Veterans of Foreign Wars
Post 11115. He was a licensed technician Plus by the FCC Amateur Radio. He belonged to Little Flower Parish and was a member of its Men's Club.
He was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 53 years, Maria Josefina who was called home on October 3, 2002, and by his older brother Alfredo.
He is survived by his son, Philip and his children, Phil, Andy and Caitlin; his daughter, Dolores and her children, Mariko, Isaac and Meisha: his son, Pacifico Jr. "Perry" and his children, Ian, Sean and Kyle; his son, Patrick; brothers, Miguel (Joy), Leon (Elvira) and Anthony (Dinna), and sisters, Trina (Ramon) and Nina (Gaston deceased).
He lived a long, productive life and passed away peacefully on the morning of September 17, 2012, just 8 days shy of his 92nd birthday. He will be fondly remembered by those whose lives were touched by his. The family wishes to thank everyone for their expression of kind condolences and requests that you honor his name by honoring with love, respect, kindness and compassion all people who enter the journey of your own life.