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Gilbert T. Cardona

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CARDONA, Ph.D., Gilbert T. Gilbert T. Cardona, Ph.D. died December 10, 2007 of prostate cancer, at age 69. He leaves behind his beloved wife Rani of 25 years, and dearest daughter Patricia as well as two brothers, three sisters, and many loving nieces, nephews, cousins and close friends. After graduating from Huntington Park High Gilbert got his start volunteering at the Belle Dubnoff Center, which led to his caretaking of severely schizophrenic young adults under the guidance of Dr. Ralph Greenson. However, Gilbert found his natural ability to intuit character and personality an asset that he used to propel himself out of Huntington Park and obtain the higher education needed to succeed on his own merits. He was one of the first graduates of the L.A. California School of Professional Psychology, with a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology. He was a lead psychologist at Metropolitan State Hospital, Norwalk and subsequently worked for the L.A. County Dept. of Mental Health, East L.A. Mental Health, Santa Monica West, and also L.A. County Mental Health Project Rebound, a disaster recovery program. Gilbert's most gratifying experiences came from civic involvement. He was President of the L.A. City Human Relations Commission, President of the L.A. County Community Action Board, Vice-President of the Martin Luther King, Jr. General Hospital Authority Commission, and Chairman of the Hispanic Advisory Council to the L.A. Police Commission. He was also a member of the L.A. County Incarcerated Mentally Ill Task Force, member of the LA County Risk Control and Safety Committee, and member of the Board of Trustees Bilingual Foundation of the Arts. For the last two years Gilbert was a member of the Board of Trustees at the Archer School for Girls. Licensed as both a Psychologist and Marriage Family Therapist, Dr. Cardona also had a full-time private practice in the mid-Wilshire area focusing on issues of depression/anxiety, domestic violence, PTSD and marital/family counseling. He also provided community critical incident stress debriefings to victims of crime. His sensitivity and awareness of Latino cultural issues made him especially successful in helping his patients be more effective in their personal and professional lives. Gilbert was also a long-time tennis player whose verbal volleys were as formidable as his net game. He leaves behind many cherished tennis partners from the Ambassador Hotel, the Sheraton-Townhouse, downtown YMCA and the L.A. Athletic Club. A memorial will be held for Dr. Cardona at Angelus-Rosedale Cemetery, Los Angeles, on Friday December 28 at 2 p.m.
Published in the Los Angeles Times on Dec. 23, 2007
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