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Ortiz, Augusto

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History of Arizona medicine; collections of Orville Harry Brown, M.D. [AHSL Special Collections WZ 70 AA7 H673]: 
volume 10, page(s) 575,621; volume 11, page(s) 262; volume 12, page(s) 8,247
Phoenix, Tucson
Dates: 6/4/1917-12/16/2006
See History of Arizona medicine; collections of Orville Harry Brown, M.D. [AHSL Special Collections WZ 70 AA7 H673].

Arizona Daily Star, January 17, 2007, Funeral notices: Augusto Ortiz, M.D., passed away December 16, 2006. He was born in Puerto Rico in 1917 and received his M.D. degree from the University of Illinois. This pioneering family doctor came to Arizona in 1953. He served in the Air Force at Luke Air Force Base and then opened a medical office in Phoenix. In addition to his busy practice, he developed neighborhood health centers and worked tirelessly to help improve working conditions of farm workers. In 1972, he joined the University of Arizona College of Medicine faculty, working at El Rio Health Center and serving as Medical Director of the UA Rural Health Office. He labored to make health care accessible to all -rural and urban, poor as well as rich, immigrant and native - developing community health centers, and the UA Mobile Health Program (which is still going strong). Many awards were given to him, but the best rewards were the smiles of patients. He is survived by his wife and collaborator, Martha, and children, Judith Ortiz (Ronald Phillips), Betty Jane Ortiz (Roy Timpson), Carl Ortiz (Maria Elena Ortiz), and Quintin Ortiz (caregiver to his Dad). The oldest, Margarita Ortiz, passed away in 2003. Grandchildren are Gareth, Sophia, Gregory, Frank, Emily and Juliana. A celebration of his life will be held Friday, January 26, 2006 at 400 p.m. at Trinity Presbyterian Church, 400 E. University, Tucson. Gifts in his memory may be sent to Stay Well Fund co Community Foundation for Southern Arizona, or to UAF-Ortiz Endowment, Office of Development, P.O. Box 245018, Tucson, AZ 85724-5018.
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