Evaristo Ramos Lardizabal M.D., 82, of Hagerstown, Md., passed from this life on Friday, Oct. 26, 2012, at Meritus Medical Center.
Born Oct. 14, 1930, in Manila, Philippines, he was the son of the late Tomas Lardizabal and Rosario Ramos Lardizabal San Juan.
World War II. Japan attacked the Philippines the same day as its raid on Pearl Harbor. He joined guerilla groups Sayson's Irregulars and Hunters' ROTC to aid the American Armed Forces with the war against the Imperial Japanese Army. Since the Philippines was a U.S. commonwealth at that time, the U.S. military promised full veterans benefits to Filipinos who volunteered in the war effort.
After the war, Eva resumed his schooling and went on to college in Manila. He also joined the Philippine Air Force. In September 1953, he graduated from Manila Central University with his Doctor of Medicine degree.
In October 1953, he came to the United States to do his residency at St. Mary's Hospital in Niagara Falls, N.Y. In 1954, Eva completed additional training in Internal Medicine/Pulmonary Medicine at Bergen Pines Hospital in Paramus, N.J. It was here that he met and married Enid van der Have in 1955. In December 1955, they moved to Lockport, N.Y., so he could continue training in Pulmonary Diseases and Infectious Diseases at Mount View Hospital.
After completing his advanced medical training, Eva moved to Hagerstown to work at the Western Maryland Hospital. Later, he established his private practice and was a member of the medical staff at Washington County Hospital for 45 years. He retired from practice in October 2004.
Eva was a member of various professional organizations such as the Maryland State Medical Society, the American College of Chest Physicians, the American Medical Association, the American College of Physicians and the American College of Internal Medicine. He also attended St. Ann's Roman Catholic Church in Hagerstown. He was a member of AMVETS Post 10.
He is survived by his daughters, Eileen Lardizabal of Live Oak, Fla., Susan Lardizabal Cronier of Hurley, Miss., Dr. Mary Beth Lardizabal of Minneapolis, Minn., and Lisa Lardizabal of Hagerstown; sisters, Esperanza Lardizabal San Juan, Zita San Juan Sagun, Caridad de la Rosa, Priscilla San Juan, Lolie San Juan Rodil, and brother, Joey San Juan, all of Manila, Philippines. He is also survived by eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Enid van der Have Lardizabal; brother, Junior San Juan; and sisters, Aging and Fe San Juan.
A viewing will be Monday, Oct. 29, 2012, from 7 to 9 p.m. at Douglas A. Fiery Funeral Home, 1331 Eastern Blvd. North, Hagerstown.
Burial will be a private ceremony at Lodi Cemetery in Lodi, N.J., at the convenience of the family.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to AMVETS Post 10, 770 Frederick St., Hagerstown, MD 21740 or American Coalition for Filipino Veterans, 841 S. Glebe Road, Arlington, VA 22204.
Online condolences may be expressed at www.douglasfiery.com.