Dr. Cesar Castillo, 62, gynecologist, obstetrician at Harbor Hospital and St. Agnes HealthCare

February 11, 2002|By Andrea Siegel | Andrea Siegel,SUN STAFF

Dr. Cesar M. Castillo, a gynecologist and obstetrician, died Tuesday of a heart attack at Harbor Hospital. A resident of Pikesville, he was 62.

He served as interim chairman and chief of staff of obstetrics and gynecology at the hospital center in 1997 and 1998.

He maintained a private practice with offices in South Baltimore and Arbutus, and he was senior attending physician at St. Agnes HealthCare and Harbor Hospital.

Residents at St. Agnes HealthCare had named him a physician of the year.

Dr. Castillo was active in several organizations, often taking roles on their committees involving charity and scholarships. He was a member of the American College of Obstetricians/Gynecologists and its Maryland affiliate, the Baltimore City Medical Society, the Medical and Chirurgical Faculty of Maryland and the Association of Philippine Physicians in America.

He served for two years as president of the Association of the Philippine Physicians in Maryland and for two years as chapter president of the University of Santo Tomas Alumni Association in Maryland.

"He loved to cook. He had tons of gourmet cookbooks. He called his friends to come eat, he would cook in such big quantities," said Dr. Norma Penaflor, his wife of 35 years.

Dr. Castillo enjoyed ballroom dancing and solving crossword puzzles, and he told stories of growing up in the Philippines and his travels.

He was a member of the Roman Catholic Shrine of the Sacred Heart in Baltimore and the Knights of Columbus.

Born in Tiaong, Philippines, he graduated from Letran College in Manila. In 1962, he completed his studies at the University of Santo Tomas Medical School in Manila. He came to the United States in 1963 for a residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Bon Secours Hospital, which he completed in 1967.

He began working at South Baltimore General Hospital, now Harbor Hospital, in 1968. In 1973, he opened a private practice in South Baltimore and shortly after that added an office in Arbutus.

A funeral Mass was held Saturday at the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen in Baltimore.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by three sons, Cesar Castillo Jr. of Owings Mills, Joel Castillo of Pikesville and Brian Castillo of Baltimore; a daughter, Theresa Castillo of Silver Spring; four brothers, Renato Castillo, Mario Castillo and Armando Castillo, all of the Philippines, and Napoleon Castillo of Hasbrouck Heights, N.J.; six sisters, Amelia Castillo, Jessica Castillo and Linda Hermosa, all of the Philippines, Purification Gac of Honolulu, and Josefina Dinglas and Lina Graham, both of Queens, N.Y.

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