Dr. Francisco Tirol, 85, of El Centro passed away Friday, July 16, 2021 in his home surrounded by loved ones. Dr. Tirol moved to the Imperial Valley in September 1982 from Erie, Pennsylvania with his wife Thelma and daughter AnnaLou. He practiced general surgery at Calexico Hospital before transferring to Pioneers Memorial Healthcare District, where he spent decades treating patients. He later served as the first Medical Director of the Wound Clinic at Pioneers. Dr. Tirol attended medical school at the University of Santo Tomas in Manila, Philippines and completed his post-graduate training in Delaware and Pennsylvania. He taught anatomy and physiology in the Philippines and at Imperial Valley College. He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Dr. Thelma Tupas Tirol, daughter AnnaLou Tirol and her husband John DerOhanesian, daughter Carmela Tirol Richards and her husband Gary Richards, and son Benjamin Tirol. Donations in his memory may be made to St. Mary's School, 700 South Waterman, El Centro, CA 92243.
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Published by Imperial Valley Press Online from Jul. 21 to Jul. 23, 2021.