Friday, October 17, 2003

Tony Marquez was chief of surgery at Mercy-West

By Rebecca Goodman
The Cincinnati Enquirer

Dr. Marquez

CHEVIOT - It was snowing when Antonio Santiago "Tony" Marquez stepped onto the tarmac at the Greater Cincinnati Airport in January 1965.

It was the first time the young medical-school graduate from the Philippines had ever seen snow.

He came to Cincinnati that year to serve an internship at Good Samaritan Hospital.

He became a proud and loyal U.S. citizen and made his first home in the country his last.

Dr. Marquez, 62, died surrounded by his family at his Cheviot home Sunday following a long illness.

A graduate of Santo Tomas University in the Philippines, he served a general surgical residency at Good Sam following his internship.

In 1970 he married Julie McDonough of Cheviot and became part of a large American family.

He entered private practice in 1971 and served on the executive committee of the medical staff at Mercy Franciscan Hospital-Western Hills campus, where he also served as chief of surgery.

Dr. Marquez's defining quality was his devotion - to his profession, his patients, his family and to his church. He was a supporter of Catholic education and a faithful Bengals fan.

Survivors include his wife; four sons, Leonard of Cleveland, and Edward, Anthony and David, all of Cincinnati; two brothers, Fulton and Benjo, both of Los Angeles; two sisters, Yolanda and Fides, also of Los Angeles, and a granddaughter.

Services have been held. Burial was at St. Joseph (new) Cemetery in Price Hill.

Memorials: Antonio Marquez Memorial Fund, Summit Country Day School, 2161 Grandin Road, Cincinnati 45208, or a charity of the donor's choice.


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