Ramon Marquez M.D. (1950 - 1991)



Ramon Marquez M.D.’s biography is built and maintained by people like you. Create an online profile of Ramon so that his life is remembered forever. If any factual information is incorrect, please edit Ramon’s biography.

Ramon was born and raised in Puerto Rico and became a pediatrician. He opened up a practice in Brooklyn and Mayor Koch came to the grand opening.
During the early days of the advent of AIDS, he contracted AIDS and went back to Puerto Rico to die with his mother whom he adored. He was a very caring doctor.
One day he came to me (next door) crying because he was so poor. I said, "Go down to Roosevelt Avenue, cross the street, go to your right, and enter the first office building and on the second floor is a CPA. Tell him (showing your pay stubs) to give you a document with your projected earnings for the next two years. Take the document across the street to CITIBANK and ask for a $5,000 loan and they will give it to you today!" A few hours later he rang my bell and screamed, "You are a genius!" He couldn't stop hugging me! "The bank kept asking me, 'You only want five thousand dollars?'"

Ramon Marquez M.D. Biography & Family History

This genealogy profile is dedicated to the life and ancestry of Ramon Marquez M.D. and his immediate Marquez family. Add to Ramon Marquez M.D.'s genealogy page to share your memories & historical research with his family and other genealogy hobbyists.



on in Puerto Rico, USA
Cause of death: AIDS

Cause of death


Burial / Funeral

Do you know the final resting place - gravesite in a cemetery or location of cremation - of Ramon Marquez M.D.? Add burial and funeral information.


Last Known Residence

Did Ramon move a lot? Did he emigrate from another country? Add Ramon's last known location.

Average Age

Life Expectancy


Add family members


Did Ramon finish grade school, get a GED, go to high school, get a college degree or masters? What schools or universities did Ramon attend? Add education.


April 4, 1986, New York Times
Five young physicians will open medical practices this summer in poor neighborhoods of Brooklyn and Queens under a new city program that offers subsidies to ''physician homesteaders.''
''Physician homesteading has worked in rural areas that are medically under-served,'' Mayor Koch said during a City Hall news conference. ''We hope that it will succeed here.'' While city officials were happy that the program was starting, they said they wished they had been able to sign up more doctors.
''We were prepared to handle 45,'' said Dr. Jo Ivey Boufford, president of the city's Health and Hospitals Corporation, ''and disappointed we didn't have that level of interest.'' When applicants found out exactly what they faced working in poorer neighborhoods, she said, ''they left.'' Cuts in Federal Program
Poor city neighborhoods are almost always short of doctors in private practice, and residents have to rely on clinics and hospital emergency rooms for routine care. Many complain of long waits and impersonal service with little follow-up care.
A Federal program that brought doctors to under-served rural and urban areas, the National Health Service Corps, is being cut back, prompting the city to establish a program of its own.
Under the program, the city helps the doctors find offices and get bank loans and lines of credit for start-up costs, malpractice insurance and other operating costs. The city will lease office equipment to the doctors, provide them work in city hospitals to augment their incomes and tell patients at city hospitals and clinics about the new private practices in the neighborhoods.
The doctors must repay the loans and will negotiate individually with the city on how long they will stay in the neighborhood. The doctors who appeared at City Hall yesterday, some of whom grew up in city slums, said they were committed to devoting their careers to the poor. Nervous and Excited
Two of them, Dr. Jose J. Rabelo and Dr. Ramon Marquez, who hope to open an office in Jamaica, Queens, by July 1, said they were both nervous and excited to be standing at a frontier of urban medicine.
They said that getting patients and making money, what they termed the usual primary objectives of doctors opening a practice, were not their most pressing concerns.
But in preparing to practice in one of the poorest areas of the city, they said they wondered about a number of things: if they would be good enough to recognize the unusual or exotic diseases that often crop up; if they would be able to win the trust of people who think private practice means a Medicaid mill; if they would be robbed walking to their cars?
''The security problem is really everywhere,'' Dr. Rabelo said. ''But I think that if we get to know the community it will be minimized. If we get well-integrated with the neighborhood, there will be protection.'' #111 Applicants Last fall the city Health and Hospitals Corporation began advertising for doctors who would consider working in the poorest neighborhoods.
Of 111 who applied, half did not qualify because they were not internists, pediatricians or family practitioners. Others dropped out when they learned they would not be on the staff of a city hospital or because they could not expect to get rich, Dr. Boufford said.
Dr. Marquez, a pediatrician, and Dr. Rabelo, an internist specializing in endocrinology, are both 1981 graduates of the University of Puerto Rico. The homesteading program brought them together again and they decided to open a joint practice.
Two other participants, Dr. Sandra H. Raymore, a 1983 graduate of the Boston University School of Medicine, and Dr. Lewis H. Marshall Jr., a 1983 graduate of Howard University College of Medicine, will also practice together, in the Bushwick section of Brooklyn.
The fifth participant, Dr. Steven Hornreich, who is completing his work in cardiology at Metropolitan Hospital and who was too busy making rounds there yesterday to come to the City Hall ceremony, will work in Jamaica. 'We're Going to Be Available'
Under the National Health Service Corps program, the Federal Government paid a medical student's school costs in exchange for a commitment to work in a designated area for as many years as the Government had paid for the schooling.
William Aspden, the deputy director of the program, said yesterday that 100 corps members were working in New York City, most of them at public outpatient clinics. He said the 12-year-old program, which has aided 13,000 doctors, was being cut back not because it had failed but because there was a glut of doctors in many places.
The doctors at City Hall yesterday said that without the homesteading program they would probably have worked in a city hospital or clinic. But they said they preferred private practice because it would allow them to know their patients better.
Jamaica ''doesn't have a real private practice,'' Dr. Marquez said. ''The clinics close at 4 and if you have a pain at 5 you have to go to a hospital. We're going to be available 24 hours a day. That gives us a chance to make a connection with the patients.''


Add organizations, groups and memberships.

Military Service

It is unknown if Ramon Marquez M.D. is a military veteran.

Middle name

Unknown. Add middle name





Unknown. Add Ramon's ethnicity.


Unknown. Add Ramon's nationality.


Unknown. Was Ramon a religious man? Add Ramon’s religion



Family Photos

Historically notable or family photographs that show the life of Ramon Marquez M.D. and his immediate Marquez family.


1950 - In the year that Ramon Marquez M.D. was born, on June 25th, the Korean War began when North Korean Communist forces crossed the 38th parallel. The Soviet Union and China backed North Korea and the U.N., primarily the United States backed South Korea.

1956 - By the time he was only 6 years old, this was the year that the King of Rock and Roll, Elvis Presley, became an international sensation. He began the year as a regional favorite and ended the year with 17 recordings having been on the Billboard’s Top 100 singles chart, 11 TV appearances, and a movie. Elvis scandalized adults and thrilled teens.

1958 - When he was just 8 years old, on January 31st, Explorer I, the United States' answer to Sputnik I (and 2,) was launched. America had entered the Space Race. The first spacecraft to detect the Van Allen radiation belt, it remained in orbit until 1970.

1977 - At the age of 27 years old, Ramon was alive when on January 20th, Jimmy Carter became the 39th President of the United States. Running against incumbent Gerald Ford, he won 50.1% of the popular vote to Ford's 48.0%. He was elected to only one term.

1991 - In the year of Ramon Marquez M.D.'s passing, on December 25th, the Soviet Union flag was lowered and replaced by the Russian tricolor flag. It was the end of the Soviet Union. Mikhail Gorbachev resigned as President of the Soviet Union and Boris Yeltsin became President of the Russian Republic.

Ramon Marquez M.D. Family Tree

Who was Ramon’s parents? Did he get married and did they have children? Share Ramon’s family tree to share his legacy and genealogy pedigree.

Ramon's Family
Add a parent
Add a parent
Ramon Marquez M.D.
Add a partner
Add a child
Add a sibling

You can add or remove people from Ramon's family tree by clicking here.


This obit of Ramon Marquez M.D. is updated by the community. Edit this biography to contribute to his obituary. Include details such as cemetery, burial, newspaper obituary and grave or marker inscription if available.

Ramon Marquez M.D. died on March 3, 1991 in Puerto Rico, USA at 40 years old. His family lists the cause of death as: aIDS. He was born on July 26, 1950. We are unaware of information about Ramon's family.

Share a Memory about Ramon Marquez

What do you remember about Ramon Marquez M.D.? Share your memories of special moments and stories you have heard about him. Or just leave a comment to show the world that Ramon is remembered.

Write a comment

Other Records of Ramon Marquez M.D.


Other Biographies

Success Stories from Biographies like Ramon Marquez M.D.

I have to tell you a VERY special story about how AncientFaces helped to reunite our family. For 13 years, I have been searching for my grandmother's missing sister. She just disappeared from the family in the 1930s without a trace. No one ever knew where or when she died or where she was buried. My years of searching have just run into dead ends, so I had given up. Today, out-of-the-blue, a young lady called me and said that she had seen a photograph on AncientFaces and one of the women in the photo was her grandmother! Little did I know that she had left a small child behind when she died so young of TB. You can imagine our shock and excitement at finding each other and a whole new family that we never knew existed. We only live one state away from each other and very soon plan to have all family members meet to share our sides of "the story" and of course, many, many more picturesl AncientFaces...... without you, this family may never have been complete and Aunt Grace would have been lost to us forever. I hope you realize what a valuable service you provide and how grateful we are to have found you. Thank you!!!! -Lynda B.
I never knew my biological family. My family is my mother and father who raised me. But, as I got older I got curious about my heritage. It took me years of investigation to finally discover my parents’ names. Well, I get goosebumps just writing this, I have found my biological family because of AncientFaces. Yes!! I did a search for my [parents' names] and was shocked to find a photo of them on AncientFaces! I cannot tell you the feeling that came over me when I saw this photo - to see the faces of my biological parents…JUST LIKE THAT. I left a comment on the photo and you won’t believe this - the owner of the photo is MY SISTER!!! Yes, I have a LITTLE sister! It turns out my parents were too young when they had me and had to give me up. My little sister knew I existed and wanted to find me but had no way of doing it. Thanks to you I am meeting my little sister for the first time next month. GOD BLESS YOU ANCIENTFACES. -Anonymous
We have found our missing relative entirely thanks to AncientFaces. We have received a much clearer photo of Captain Grant from his Son. The picture we on AncientFaces is an old yellowed newspaper photo. I am attaching the new photo and ask that you take the old one out and put the new clear picture in its place. With our Canadian Remembrance Day here in 2 days - the timing could not be better. Thank You, AncientFaces. My long lost Aunt is now 86 years old and her Son and I are talking by phone and e-mails. Captain Grant was his Father and died in France in 1944 and is buried there. By posting pictures of the visit to his gravesite - we connected through one of his brothers. Amazing that our prayers have been answered. Thank you -Beth B.
I came home for lunch yesterday and decided to look at my email before going back to work. The weekly newsletter that I subscribe to from the Logan Family History Center had this message in it about AncientFaces. I clicked on the link and the first search I did was for Woodruff, and Mamie was the first picture that came up. I could hardly stand it. I was late getting back to work. I had to add comments and write to you. Thank you for noticing her in the store and for the website. I can't help but wonder how many other family pictures may have ended up in that store and why. I also can't help but feel that it was meant to be and that there is a purpose that this picture is coming home as you say. What are the chances of this all just happening? It's amazing that you even picked it up at the store and then went to all the extra effort to post it. It makes me feel as though you have been my friend forever. It certainly has given me a connection to you, and I have a love for what you do. I just can't tell you how excited I am. I can't even hold it in. -Cathy K., Utah
I have previously submitted several pictures of my grandfather August Zemidat. I have tried for many years to find anyone with that name, and I have searched many genealogy web sites to no avail. Recently I was contacted by someone who saw my pictures on AncientFaces who may well be a cousin. She also provided me with information that seems to indicate her grandparents were my grandfather’s siblings. Considering the many years I have been searching for the name Zemidat, I find this is absolutely amazing that I have finally found a family member. Thank you AncientFaces -Ron D.
I love AncientFaces, a while back I saw that you had labeled Garcia surname pictures. At the time I didn’t have all my family facts for my research. Anyway, I wandered into your site just to check it out AND NOW 1 YEAR LATER I received a picture from an 87 year old aunt and guess what you had this very same picture on your site!! (They were my great aunts and my great-grandmother!). Thank you… -Angela M.
I have loved AncientFaces since I first found it, it's the first thing I check when I turn on the computer. There was a time when even in the most modest households there were three cherished possessions, a family Bible. a family album and a fancy lamp. It was usual for the family to gather in the parlour, generally on Sunday and talk, tell stories of family and friends with the photos in the albums as illustration. Sadly in our modern electronic age we have fallen away from the oral tradition and interest in history has waned. I was quite shocked on the anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic to see so many comments from younger people who were surprised to learn that the Titanic wasn't just a movie. This is why AncientFaces is so important, to me it's the electronic age version of the oral tradition on a global scale and the sheer volume of people who follow, comment and contribute seems to prove the point. We are all grateful to you all for providing us with this wonderful site. - Arba M.