Dr. Richard Romero
Corpus Christi – Richard Romero, MD, Associate Professor of Cardiology and Internal Medicine (retired emeritus), passed away on December 10, 2020 in Vancouver, BC, Canada. Dr. Romero was 88 years old.
Dr. Romero was born in New York City on April 9, 1932, to Manuel Romero Munoz of Seville, Spain and Blanca Nunez Marroquin of El Salvador, San Salvador.
At the age of 4, Dr. Romero and his family moved from New York City to Mexico City. His early training was at Academia Militar in Mexico City and his medical training at UNAM in Mexico City. When Dr. Romero was admitted to UNAM in 1947 at the age of 15, making him the youngest student ever to be admitted. He would graduate from UNAM with medical honors at the age of 20 in just 5 years. After graduating from medical school, Dr. Romero interned at Harlem Hospital in New York City from 1953 to 1954. He then returned to Mexico City and worked with his father, who founded the pharmaceutical company Laboratorios Leuttier. During his time there, Dr. Romero to the rank of managing director and from 1955 to 1964 directed the day-to-day business of the company for essentially 9 years. Little by little Dr. Romero’s lead was Laboratorios Leuttier acquired from the multinational chemical company Amour Chemicals, Ltd.
In 1965, Dr. Romero decided to return to medical practice and began a career spanning more than three decades with a three-year stint at the prestigious Baylor Hospital Residency Program in Houston, Texas, where he specialized in internal medicine. Dr. Romero received his Board Certificate in Internal Medicine in 1971 and received recertification in 1976.
From 1968 to 1972 Dr. Romero started a private practice in Missouri and then moved to Corpus Christi, Texas, where he continued practicing daily practice until his formal retirement in 1997.
After his retirement in 1997, Dr. Romero was offered and accepted the position of academic director of the residency program at the Bay Area Medical Center, where he taught his specialty areas of electrocardiography and internal medicine for the next 17 years through 2014. He has received numerous awards from his grateful students and colleagues for his excellent teaching and contributions to the academic medical world, as well as for its practical applications in health care.
In 2014, Dr. Romero was awarded the distinction of Associate Professor Emeritus at the end of his career, which in his opinion was devoted to the purest profession – medicine.
In 2014, Dr. Romero and his 48-year-old wife Margaret spent more time at their home in Vancouver, BC, Canada, one of Dr. Romero to spend.
Dr. Romero leaves us with a legacy of great teaching, a constant and deep love and respect for the art, precision and beauty of medicine, a lifelong passion for philosophy, ancient and modern history, classical music and his beloved Real Madrid football team.
He is and will be sorely missed.
Dr. Romero is survived by his loving and devoted wife Margaret, his daughter Alicia S. Romero, his two grandchildren Alyssa and Andrew, his stepchildren, the journalist and author Gina Marie Sopuch, John a Sopuch III, the lawyer Amy, S Gonzalez, lawyer, Dr. Margaret Marcrander and his sister Gloria Romero of Corpus Christi Texas, brother-in-law, Arturo Magallon, his wife Mari Magallon of Langley, British Columbia, and Rocio Romero of Cuernavaca, Mexico.
“Your blessing is life that is forever free from work.
No more problems with the earth or the sea water
With their strong hands
Working for the food that is unsatisfactory.
But they live with the honored gods
A life in which there are no more tears.
Around these blessed islands soft sea breezes breathe,
And golden flowers blaze on the trees.
Even on the water. “
– Pindar (translation by Edith Hamilton)
Published in Corpus-Christi Caller-Times February 18-20, 2021.