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Dr. Rogelio Escarcega

Dr. Rogelio Escarcega

Posted: Tuesday, May 1, 2012 4:46 pm

The Messenger, May 1, 2012
Dr. Rogelio Escarcega, 73, of Union City died April 28, 2012, at Washington University Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis.
He was born Oct. 20, 1938, in Mexico City. He was preceded in death by his father and mother, Epifanio and Maria Escarcega, both of Mexico City. He is survived by his three children Rogelio Robert and his wife, Smita, and their son, Brenner Milan, of Calcutta, India; Michele and her husband, Stephen Little, of Humboldt; and Benjamin and his expectant wife, Tadi, of Laredo, Texas. He is also survived by their mother, Joanne Escarcega of Union City. He has five siblings, including Eduardo Escarcega, Enrique Escarcega, Norma Escarcega Jimenez, Elvia Escarcega Cruz and Esther Escarcega Gonzalez; and 18 nieces and nephews, all of Mexico City.
Dr. Escarcega earned his medical degree at the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico (UNAM). He was a member of the medical school’s inaugural graduating class at the Ciudad Universitaria (CU) in 1964. He completed an internship at Barberton Citizen’s Hospital in Ohio in 1968, his residency at Mount Sinai Hospital in Baltimore in 1970 and his surgical training at Akron General Medical Center and Akron Children’s Hospital in Ohio in 1972. He moved to Union City in 1977 and served the community as a general surgeon at Obion County General Hospital/Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union City for 37 years. He was chief of staff from 1987-89 and was a founding physician of the Union City Surgery Center in 2000, where he served as medical director from 2003-10.  He was the first local surgeon to perform minimally-invasive laparoscopic surgery in 1991. Dr. Escarcega was well-known for uncompromising care of his patients until his retirement in 2010. Later, his dedication to the medical profession continued as he was a voluntary participant in ongoing experimental cancer research.  
He was an avid world traveler and enjoyed spending time between Union City and San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.
The Mass of Christian Burial and interment will take place in San Cayetano Catholic Church in Mexico City.
The family requests that memorials be made to Hometown Walk of Hope or the American Cancer Society.

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