Long before super medical specialists and urgent care centers, we relied on family physicians.  In Avalon, that was Dr. Rodolfo Garcia.

Dr. Garcia moved his young family to Avalon in 1962.  His practice was part of his home; a simple interior door separated his work life from his home life.

Like most local residents, Dr. Garcia was a big part of my life.  He cared for my sisters and me since we were babies.  He knew our family medical history, because he also took care of our parents and grandparents.  His kindness was genuine…and his charming accent somehow made you feel better (especially if he suggested you stay home from school!)

When I returned to his office as an adult, I loved flipping through the thick collection of index cards stapled together- my chart! 

My sons were the 4th generation of patients.   As a mother, I had a new perspective and appreciation for Dr. Garcia’s skills and compassion.

Sadly, Dr. Garcia passed away on Thursday at the age of 86.  He will be missed by his immediate family, as well as his extended family of patients.

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  1. Eileen
    Posted December 10, 2011 at 12:26 pm | Permalink

    Beautifully said, Ann. We all have very fond memories of Dr. Garcia, who was always there when we needed him. A very kind and compassionate man. He will be missed.

  2. Claire
    Posted December 10, 2011 at 12:51 pm | Permalink

    Very nice tribute Ann. Hard to believe he treated 4 generations of “Millars”.

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