Dr. Gerardo H. Martinez (1924 - 2018)

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MARTINEZ, DR. GERARDO H., Colonel U.S.A.F. Ret. Gerardo H. Martinez, 93, died peacefully on June 10, 2018. He was born in Ciego de Avila, Cuba. He was the son of the late Aurelio Gerardo Martinez and Lorenza Fernandez (Nan ). On July 6, 1941, he received his Bachelor of Science degree from Vedado Institute and his Doctorate in Medicine degree from the University of Havana in September of 1948. In 1948, he immigrated to the United States and proudly became a U.S. Citizen in 1954. He completed his medical internship at St. Margaret Hospital in Hammond IN; his medical residency in pulmonary diseases at West State Hospital in Westfield, MA, and his residency as a Senior Physician at Plymouth County Hospital in Hanson, MA. In 1953, he entered the U.S. Army Medical Corps, where he served in TX, CO, AL until his honorable discharge in 1955. He then began his medical residency at the UM School of Medicine at Jackson Memorial Hospital, in Miami, FL. He was licensed to practice medicine in FL, IL, and CA. In 1975, he advanced his military service by joining the U.S. Air Force Medical Corps., as a Lt. Colonel in Plattsburgh, NY. In 1976 he proudly served as a Flight Surgeon at the USAF School of Aerospace Medicine at Brooks Air Force Base in TX; in 1978 as an internist at Homestead Air Force Base and subsequently became Chief of Medicine. During his military career, he received commendations and awards including the National Defense Medal, the Air Force Commendation Medal, the Air Force Outstanding Unit Award, and the Longevity Ribbon. He served as Chief Medical Officer at the VA Medical Center in West Palm Beach, FL until his retirement in 1989. Colonel Dr. Martinez is survived by his wife of 43 years, Sara Martinez, and his daughters, Nydia (Miguel) Sagre and Ruth M. (Robert) Gardana, his step-son George (Marie) Castellon and his brother Hector (Judy) Martinez. He was predeceased in life by his son Ivo (Kim) Martinez, daughter, Nicole R. Martinez and his brother Humberto (Chela) Martinez and leaves behind his loving grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and dear friends.
Published in the Miami Herald on June 12, 2018
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