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Herman Vergara, M.D. Herman Vergara, M.D. a resident of Chicago and Naples, Fla., has passed away peacefully in Naples on March 19, 2010, after a long and courageous battle with Parkinson's Disease and Dementia. He was 78 years old. He was born and raised in Sincelejo, Colombia, and attended Haviana University in Bogota, Colombia, where he received his medical degree prior to relocating to the United States in 1958. He interned at Illinois Masonic Hospital and completed his residency at the Illinois State Psychiatric Institute. Herman made significant contributions to the specialty of psychiatry in Chicago while serving as the Medical Director of the Outpatient Psychiatric Clinic, at Mercy Hospital in Chicago for over 30 years. He also operated a private practice and was an instructor at the University of Illinois. In addition to his practice of medicine, those close to him admired his intelligence and endless curiosity about the world. He loved horses, bullfighting, history and art and had an insatiable interest in people of all cultures. He had a generous heart, was a source of laughter and most importantly cared deeply for his family. Herman is survived by his wife, Gail Vergara; his children Carla Pritts (Bill), Lisa Vergara Torrez, Andrea Heuertz (Dan) and David Vergara (Cathy); his brothers, Jose, Albert and Eduardo Vergara; and grandchildren, Jennifer, Jake, Luke, Michael and Rebecca Pritts, Josh Hreha, Alyssa and Nina Torrez, Nicholas, Samantha, Alexandra and Benjamin Heuertz and Alexander Vergara. Those who wish to remember Herman may send donations to the Parkinson's Association of Southwest Florida, 2950 Tamiami Trail North, Suite 20, Naples, Florida, 34103. A very special thank you goes to Dulcie Forsythe and her faithful team of caregivers. A private family memorial service will be held in Chicago. Arrangements were made by Fuller Funeral Home, Naples, 239-592-1611. For online condolences visit www.fullerfuneralhome.com.

Published in Chicago Suburban Daily Herald on Mar. 21, 2010
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