Antonio Maceo, 89 years old, namesake of the general who fought in the War of Cuban independence, was buried Wednesday in the cemetery of Nuestra Señora de las Mercedes in Miami.
He was a Cuban gentleman, said Andres Vargas Gomez. "A man of refinement, cultured, and always preoccupied for his nation."
Maceo studied medicine in France and had responsibilities in the area of public health in Republican (Pre-Castro) Cuba. He was an accomplished member of the Autentico party.
In his professional career, he distinguished himself as a specialist in surgery, practicing for many years at the Emergency Hospital in Havana.
He abandoned the island after Fidel Castro's triumph, to integrate himself in exile to the Revolutionay Advisory Committee, together with figures as accomplished as Jose Miro Cardona and Antonio de Varona. His son fought in the Bay of Pigs.
In the United States he revalidated his medical license and became a specialist in vaccination.
Death came to him on Monday, May 29, 1995 from heart stoppage, after suffering from Alzheimer's, while he was with his wife Angelina and his son Antonio.
Translated by John Suarez for the FREE CUBA Foundation