In Memoriam

Ruben A. Teixido, M.D.

June 2, 1921 - December 12, 2017


Ruben A. Teixido, M.D. age 96, passed away peacefully in his home surrounded by family and friends on December 12th, 2017.

Ruben was born in the small town of Puerto Guaraní in a remote area of the Chaco in Paraguay. He graduated from the National University in Asunción, Paraguay in 1948 with a degree in medicine and completed his residency in surgery at the Hospital de Clínicas in 1954. Ruben moved his young family to the United States where he completed a surgical fellowship at the Sloan Kettering Memorial Cancer Center in 1955. He moved to  Wilmington to continue his surgical training until 1960. He practiced surgery and surgical oncology passionately for 43 years until his retirement at the age of 83.

Ruben had an energetic, romantic and pioneering spirit and was an active member of the medical community. He was among the first surgeons in Delaware to dedicate himself to surgical oncology and had a special interest in breast cancer. He co-founded the Tumor Registry of Delaware, was past president of the Delaware Chapter of the American Cancer Society and was past president of the Delaware Academy of Medicine. He was a member of numerous task-forces and committees in the area of cancer prevention and treatment.

Ruben is remembered for his passionate care, powerful personality, humorous stories, love of cooking, many varied interests, and his love of the United States. He was devoted to Sara, his wife of 69 years, whom he met as a medical student in Paraguay. They raised six children in the home they have lived in to today: Gilda, Xavier, Monica, Michael, Mercedes and Sara. He is also survived by 10 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren.

Ruben was an avid reader of history and other non-fiction and amassed a fine library of historical books he counted on as companions in his last years. He asks that unreturned books be kept in his memory.

Ruben co-founded the Fundación Panambí, which has provided support for medical treatment, equipment, and supplies to the disadvantaged and indigenous people of Paraguay.

Mass of Christian Burial was offered at St. Joseph on the Brandywiine Church on Saturday December 16th. In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to Fundación Panambí.