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Rotary electing new officers and honoring Dr. Humberto Garcia

By Robin Loving Rowland

The Rotary Club of San Miguel de Allende – Midday will elect new officers and honor Dr. Humberto García Tuesday, July 1, at 12:30pm at Hotel Misión el Molino, Salida a Querétaro 1 across from Salón Los Pinos.

Rotary Honors
Rotary electing new officers and honoring Dr. Humberto Garcia
Tue, Jul 1, 12:30pm
Hotel Misión el Molino
Salida a Querétaro 1

Current President Lee Carter will cede the gavel to incoming President Tony Ronci before honoring Dr. Garcia with a lifetime membership in Rotary. Members Joe Whitmore and Gary Peterson will both be awarded Paul Harris Fellowships. Paul Harris founded Rotary, and this will not be the first time these members will have received this honor for outstanding support of Rotary.

Dr. García says he is too neutral a person to be a joiner, but he joined Rotary in 2007 to personally champion the diabetes retinopathy project, which has made international history.

The son of a hardware store owner in Coyoacán, Dr. Humberto became interested in medicine in elementary school. Later, a teacher with diabetes fascinated him, and today Dr. García is a visiting professor at Harvard’s neuropathology department for his visionary work on this deadly disease that threatens entire bodies, not just their parts.

Dr. García got his education at UNAM and then did his internship and residency at New York’s Bellevue and St Vincent’s hospitals. His scholarships included funds from the Kellogg Foundation, the Rockefeller Institute, and others.

At the Rockefeller Institute, Dr. García worked with a person who went on to win a Nobel Prize for cellular communication which schoolchildren learn about today. Those scholarships enabled him to bring the first electro microscope to public service in Mexico City.

Dr. García dedicated 30 years to diabetes pathology in a teaching hospital in Mexico City, including envisioning a vaccine to treat diabetes. That vision is becoming a reality today in Scandinavian countries, and will be available worldwide one day.

Dr. García says, “I have been lucky all of my life.” Not so  for many of our Mexican hosts here in San Miguel. Did you know that approximately 60 percent of the patients at Hospital General are there because of diabetes?

Perhaps this is why Dr. García’s next personal interest is to establish an International Center for the Study of Diabetes with Rotary in San Miguel.

Dr. García dropped out of Rotary due to health considerations a few years ago, but remains as a volunteer.


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