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Felice A. Garcia, MD
1916 - 2007

Dr. Felice A. Garcia died in Denver, Colorado on July 6, 2007.

"Gus" Garcia was born February20,1916 in Idalia, Colorado, son of a rural physician. Valedictorian of his high school class, he earned a full scholarship to the University of Colorado, graduating at age 20 with a BA in Chemistry. In 1941 he earned his MD at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. He interned at Kings County Hospital, NYC. He served on active duty in the US Navy from 1942 to 1947. He saw combat as a medical officer on the USS Madison (DD425) in the Atlantic and the Mediterranean (6combat stars). He was then sent to the US Naval Hospital in Oakland, California for training in surgery. He retired as a Captain in the US Naval Reserve Medical Corps. After discharge from the Navy in 1947, he continued his training in general and plastic surgery at the Lahey Clinic in Boston and the Kings Bridge Veterans Hospital in New York City. He began private practice in Denver in 1950. From 1955-1965 Dr. Garcia was Acting Chief, Division of Plastic Surgery, Colorado School of Medicine.

During a career of private practice, he served in many professional roles including President of the Denver Medical Society; Chief of Staff of the Children's Hospital; Chief of Surgery at St. Luke's and the Children's Hospitals; and Consultant in Plastic Surgery to Fitzsimmons Army Medical Center. He served the medical community on the Board of Denver Health and Hospitals, the Colorado Health Sciences Center Development Board, and many years continuous service on the School of Medicine Admissions Committee. He received many awards for outstanding service by the Denver Medical Society, the Children's Hospital, and the University of Colorado. Those at CU include the University Medal, the George Norlin Award, the Silver and Gold Alumnae Award; the School of Medicine's first Edward R. Musgrave Award and the Medical School Alumnae Award. The CU Medical School students voted him an Honorary Membership in Alpha Omega Alpha, the medical scholastic society. He established a Walking Stick Award at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, presented to a rural family doctor in recognition of outstanding service to the community and the medical service. He was proactive in the development of the new University of Colorado Medical School campus at Fitzsimmons championing medical student issues. He is an emeritus Professor of Clinical Surgery, University of Colorado Health Science Center.

He was active in the Denver Rotary Club and the Colorado State Historical Society.

He is survived by his wife Trish Shepard Garcia; his children: John Garcia of Albuquerque, NM., Susan Garcia of Flagstaff, AZ., Christine Bagshaw of Denver, CO., Katie Matthias and a granddaughter, Madison of Missoula, MT. Juanita Garcia and Eloise Garcia predeceased him.

Gus Garcia's entire life was devoted to public service and providing the best of medical care to his patients. He inspired his peers and students to be better physicians.

Joseph R. Zbylski, M.D.

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