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Sergio A. Fuenzalida


1939 - 2017 Obituary Condolences
Sergio A. Fuenzalida Obituary
April 25, 1939 - November 16, 2017 Sergio was born the second child of Teresa & Temistocles Fuenzalida in Santiago, Chile. Sergio always kept Chile close to his heart through the lifelong friendships he forged in his youth. At age fifteen, he discovered a love of poetry through the writings of Pablo Neruda. Sergio graduated with a medical degree from the Universidad Catolica in Chile in 1963, specializing in Neurology. He accepted a fellowship at UCLA to research Parkinson's disease in 1969 - choosing to settle permanently in Los Angeles. In 1976, he founded the California Spanish American Medical Association, and in 1977 he served as president of the Hispanic-American Medical Association. Sergio practiced neurology for over fifty years - first in Chile and then in Los Angeles, where for 41 years, he treated patients at his private practice in Monterey Park and at various hospitals, including Santa Marta Hospital, Garfield Hospital and Monterey Park Hospital, serving in Bioethics committees for many years. A true Renaissance man, his passions included philosophy, poetry, music, independent cinema, and politics. He devoted himself to combating social injustice, especially for those without a voice. He was actively involved in several non-profit organizations: Doctors Without Borders, ACLU, Amnesty International, Office of the Americas, Democracy Now (Amy Goodman), and KPFK. Sergio will forever live in the hearts and minds of the people he touched throughout his life. Sergio is survived by his wife, Rose, and his children Pablo, wife Michel, Gabriel Fuenzalida, Monica, husband Nick Valencia, Paul Vizcaino, and grandchildren Mia Fuenzalida and Jeremiah, Leila, Josiah, and Isaiah Valencia.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from Dec. 2 to Dec. 3, 2017
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