|Birth: ||Nov. 24, 1900|
|Death: ||Dec. 18, 1991|
Dr. Carreon was born on November 24, 1900 in San Antonio, Texas. His mother passed away when he was six and his father took him out of school in the sixth grade because he needed him to work. When he was 11 years old, a teacher told him he could not have a professional job because he was Mexican. He used this as a motivation so he could move forward, finish his education and ended up devoting his life to helping others.
Dr. Reynaldo Carreon, a noted Los Angeles ophthalmologist, owned a home and land in Indio, and made regular trips to the desert to provide eye care for hundreds of local residents. Carreon had a passion for helping Hispanic students receive the higher education that was responsible for his own success in life. The Indio Community Hospital, located at the intersection of Monroe Street and Doctor Carreon Boulevard, was built on land originally owned by Dr. Carreon. The hospital became the John F. Kennedy Memorial Hospital in 1984. (From the Dr. Reynaldo Carreon Foundation.)
Reynaldo J. Carreon, Jr. M. D. was born in 1900 and died in 1991. Most notably, he was a member of the Los Angeles Board of Police Commissioners for sixteen years; he served as President of the board for four years. He was appointed on June 18, 1959.
Carreon recieved [sic] his Dr. of Optometry in 1925 from the Southern California College of Optometry. In 1936, he completed his degree in Osteopathic Medicine and Osteopathic Physician and Surgeon at the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific in Pomona, California. He earned a Dr. of Medicine Degree in 1962 from the California College of Medicine at the University of California in Irvine.
During World War II, Carreon established a clinic serving the disabled, elderly, and needy. He continued to develop and direct the Pan American Medical Center during his twenty-seven years on staff at the Los Angeles County Hospital Department of Opthalomology [sic]. He retained the title of Doctor Emeritus after his retirement from the Los Angeles County Hospital.
In 1958, Carreon was awarded Spain's Honorary Citizen of Madrid for sustaining successful diplomatic activities between the City of Los Angeles and cities of Spain during the International Conference of City Mayors. President Eisenhower chose Carreon during his presidential term (1953-1961) to represent the United States in the "People to People" Program; he was named Ambassador at Large to Central and South America. Mexican President, Adolfo Lopez Mateos, awarded Carreon the Mexican Order of the Aztec Eagle for his dedication to improving Inter-American relations on July 27, 1964.
Carreon was co-founder of the Indio Community Hospital, which was constructed on his property. Now it is known as the John F. Kennedy Memorial Hospital, located on the corner of Dr. Carreon Blvd. (named in his honor) and Monroe Street in Indio. Additionally, he was member of the California Advisory Committee to U.S. Civil Rights Commission. Carreon was Chiarman [sic] of the Board of the Los Angeles Civil Defense and Disaster Board. He helped establish the Los Angeles Mexican Civic and Patriotic Commitee [sic] in which he was a lifetime member. Moreover, Carreon was member of the Los Angeles Mexican Chamber of Commerce and the Mexican Welfare Committee.
Reynaldo J. Carreon established four college and university endowments: College of the Desert, College of Osteopathic Medicine at the Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona, California College of Medicine at the University of California in Irvine, and the Southern California College of Optometry in Fullerton.
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Record added: Oct 13, 2013
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