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Fernando Rubio, Jr., M.D. Obituary

Fernando Antonio Rubio,  Jr., M.D.
Fernando Antonio Rubio, Jr., M.D.

December 29, 1926 - November 2, 2008
Born in Barcelona, Spain
Resided in St. Petersburg


RUBIO, Dr. Fernando Antonio, Jr., M.D., 81, passed away peacefully on November 2, 2008. Fernando was born December 29, 1926 in Barcelona, Spain. Both his father and mother were also from Barcelona, Fernando A. Rubio and Mercedes Boada de Rubio. In November, 1938, Fernando came to the United States at the age of 11, with his parents. He attended grammar schools at Lawrenceville Academy, Lawrenceville, NJ, 1938-1939 and LaSalle Military Academy, Oakdale, NY, 1939-1940 where he graduated first in his class. He attended High School at LaSalle Military Academy from 1940-1944, graduating fourth in his class. He received his undergraduate degree from Georgetown University in Washington DC and continued on at Georgetown Medical School, graduating in 1950. In 1950, when the Korean conflict began, Fernando applied to the Surgeon General's office and volunteered for a Medical Corps commission. In September, 1951, he was sent to Germany by the Army and returned to the United States in April 1953. He entered the United States Army on October 13, 1950, as a first lieutenant and served as a medical officer until his discharge on June 30, 1953. He attained the rank of captain on February 13, 1952. He became a citizen of the United States in 1954 after a special act of the US Congress was approved by the Senate in 1954 and signed by President Eisenhower on August 16, 1954. After attending the graduate school of medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, Fernando completed residency programs in Boston, MA. He trained in hematology under Dr. William Dameshek, a pioneering Boston hematologist, and at the New England Center Hospital. Upon completing his residency program in Boston, he established his medical practice in St. Petersburg, FL, as on of the state's first hematologists. He was on staff of numerous hospitals in St. Petersburg, including St. Petersburg Medical Clinic, Mound Park Hospital (now Bayfront Medical Center), St. Anthony's, and founded the first Blood Bank at Palms of Pasadena. He was involved in numerous charities including the St. Petersburg Free Clinic and many associations that provided surplus medical supplies to families in need in Costa Rica. He was a skilled physician whose medical practice benefited the lives of thousands of patients. He cherished his relationships with his patients, many of whom became life long friends. An avid golfer and member of Lakewood Country Club for over forty years, he claimed to have at least one ''Hole in One''. He loved hunting, traveling, reading and story telling. He was preceded in death by his parents, Fernando A. Rubio and Mercedes Boada de Rubio, his stepfather, Edward B. Austin and his son Fernando Michael Rubio. Fernando is survived by his wife, Maria Elena Rubio and her son Eric, and children from a previous marriage, his 2 daughters, Andrea and her spouse, Mickie Sullivan and Christina Rubio, his son, Stephen and his wife, Sheila, his sister, Mercedes and husband Enrique Rosello (of Barcelona, Spain), his brother, Enrique and wife Maria Fernanda (of Mexico City), 5 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. A Funeral Mass will be Saturday, November 15, 2008 at 1:00PM at the Cathedral of St. Jude the Apostle (Main Church). In lieu of flowers donations to Hospice House Woodside or the SPCA. Brett Funeral Home



Cathedral of St. Jude
5815 5th Ave. No.
St. Petersburg, USA 33710
Saturday, November 15, 2008
1:00 PM


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