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Dr DeSales Guillaume "Dee" DuVigneaud
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Birth: Jan. 26, 1914
Cook County
Illinois, USA
Death: May 7, 1984
La Mesa
San Diego County
California, USA

ORTHOPEDIC SURGEON: Dee was an only child. His father had a debilitating stroke leaving him paralyzed and bedridden during Dee's early youth. There was a second, and this time fatal, stroke in 1924 when Dee was only ten years old. Dee and his parents, had moved from Chicago to Crystal Lake IL to live with Gert's parents, Thomas and Katie O'Connell, who had a truck farm growing mostly cucumbers. So Dee spent many of his early years in the home of his maternal grandparents with his aunt and uncles, who were older but also in their youth.

The entire family removed to Chicago to insure the best schooling for Dee and it was there that Dee's father, Louis, died. Everyone in the family worked at whatever jobs they could find to keep the family afloat, Dee worked after school and summers in a lumber mill. He soon showed his administrative skills, moving into the mill's accounting office hence fetching a better wage.

Dee was a very good baseball player. He signed on with the 'White Sox farm team and fancied a long and glamerous career in baseball. His mother's practical side preferred a medical career for her son. Science and medicine had been favored professions in his paternal lineage for many generations and his mothers pleadings won out in the long run. Dee continued working part time to put himself through school at the University of Illinois after which he joined the US Navy with the promise of paid medical school and guaranteed employment, which was quite a 'plum' for someone from a family that was just skirting poverty. He became a very well respected doctor. While he was always proud of his medical accomplishments, he frequently thought back, wistfully wishing that he had stayed with baseball to satisfy his soul yearnings. His wife, Lola, was a nurse and had met him just because he was a doctor. She would not have had the opportunity to meet "Dee the baseball idol". She, most emphatically, favored his choice to have become a doctor.

After 24 years as a Navy doctor moving from one duty station to another, Dee retired from his Naval career in 1957 and started a private practice in San Diego. Lola was his nurse and office manager for several years while he got his business up and running. He retired from doctoring altogether in 1978. He and Lola spent much of their time golfing with friends. Dee was reputed to have been a very good golfer and would have loved to have spent the rest of his days at this favorite past time, but unfortunately he developed shoulder problems which surgery not only could not alleviate, but seemed to exacerbate. His other favorites? A good book, a favorite pipe or good cigar, and his three wonderful grandchildren, who wish that he had 'stuck around' a good while longer.
Family links: 
  Louis Jean Duvigneaud (1876 - 1924)
  Gertrude Jane O'Connell Duvigneaud (1886 - 1967)
  Lola / Lizette Fern LaFurge DuVigneaud (1915 - 2003)*
*Calculated relationship
Capt. USN
Note: Cremation.
Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery
San Diego
San Diego County
California, USA
Created by: anne
Record added: Sep 25, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 59183780
Dr DeSales Guillaume Dee DuVigneaud
Added by: anne
Dr DeSales Guillaume Dee DuVigneaud
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- anne
 Added: Mar. 21, 2012

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