Dr. Waldo W. Martinez

Dr. Waldo Martinez, ‘dear Waldo’ to me, has been one of my dearest friends, colleague and classiest of a gentleman, who I was fortunate to know for over 35 years. As we worked as Allergists at McGovern Allergy Clinic, we used to spend many hours together, discussing patients, our families, our life in general growing up in Cuba and India, about our migration to the USA, about a variety of our interests, learning from each other, sharing stories and enjoying camaraderie. My association with him has enriched my life in innumerable ways; professionally, culturally, socially, philosophically and by sheer being in the company of a good human being. His pleasing and positive demeanor, his hearty smile, the sincerity in his dealings and his impeccable principles were endearing traits that I cherished as privileged treasures. He beamed as he spoke about his family members, from his dearest wife Finita to his four children, his grandchildren and great grandchildren, each of them having had a very special place in his heart. Waldo was a rare and exceptional human being who was endowed with that inimitable charm, that was profusely expressed and shared with all those who dealt with him. He will be missed, painfully, sensitively, sentimentally.
May your soul rest in peace, Waldo; may your smile shine forever. Affectionately,
Venu

Author: Dr. Venugopal Menon

Was born and raised in a loving family in pre-independent India, became a doctor, served Indian army, got married, then came over to America with wife and a daughter, established as a successful Allergist, raised a family of three children, was involved in many social establishments, retired, and wrote memoirs, 'My Mother Called Me Unni, A Doctor's Tale of Migration'.

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