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Bud Edward Quintana


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Bud Edward Quintana, DO, Ph.D.

Bud Edward Quintana, DO, Ph.D. passed away on November 28, 2015, at Ohio State University Medical Center, surrounded by family and friends, the result of a tragic accident while hiking in the woods on Thanksgiving Day.
Bud was born in Hawthorne, California on April 1, 1942. He was 73 years old, the oldest of three sons.
Bud led a colorful and accomplished life. He grew up in southern California amongst a tight-knit clan of cousins, aunts, uncles and friends. He surfed, ran track, and his dad taught him to work on cars which led to a life-long love affair with cars -the faster the better. He was vice president of South High school in Torrance, class of 1960. He was introduced to the world of medicine at his first job as an Orderly at the newly opened Little Company of Mary Hospital in Torrance, while he went to school. He graduated from CSULB and got his Ph.D from University of California (1970). He attended medical school at University of Health Sciences in Medicine (DO), Iowa, and completed his training in general and thoracic surgery at the Cleveland Clinic in 1975. He settled in Ohio, and would visit his family and friends in California.
He worked much of his career in trauma and emergency care medicine, saving countless lives, and also taught residents at several universities, which he so enjoyed.
Bud worked hard and played hard. He cruised the highways of America on motorcycles, and raced cars, and collected them too. He loved music, especially the blues and rock and roll. He taught himself to play the accordion and piano, actually supporting himself during medical school by playing piano in blue's bars. He travelled, water and snow skied, scuba dived, earned a 4th degree black belt in karate and was also an instructor. He had a few close calls along the way. Bud was restless, curious, competitive and a big reader; when he wanted to learn something, he would research it endlessly. Bud kept up life-long friendships all over the country.
But, Bud also had his struggles with alcohol and other addictions at times, which caused trouble in his life. He was a long time AA member as mentee and mentor, and these friendships were very important to his health and balance.
Not one to retire, Bud most recently worked as director of the Suboxone program and out-patient surgery at Community Health Center, and was on faculty at Summa residency program for family physicians, OH and was awarded Teacher of the Year in 2008. He took his board exam in addiction medicine in October.
Bud was preceded in death by father Henry George Quintana, and mother June Grace Streur. He is survived by daughter Kara (Roger Nagaoka), San Pedro, CA, son Michael, Carson, CA, (first wife Karen Luceyk Nardin), grandchildren Erik, Chesapeake, VA, Kevin and Allison, San Pedro, CA, brothers Jack Quintana, Bishop, CA, Thomas Quintana, Hawthorne, CA .
Bud credited the Betty Ford Center for saving his life 5 years ago and indeed the last several years were among his most peaceful as he nurtured his relationships and looked to the future. Donations can be made to Hazelden Betty Ford Clinic www.hazeldenbettyford.org. Memorial service will be private. Please sign the guestbook at www.dailybreeze.com/obits.
Published in Daily Breeze on Dec. 23, 2015
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