The Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine mourns the passing of Victor Sarabia, M.D., FACS, a longtime friend of the medical school. Sarabia was a charter member of the Wright State University Academy of Medicine. He served as a clinical faculty member in the Department of Surgery from 1975 to 2006. Dr. Sarabia was 91 years old.
Sarabia received his medical degree from San Marcos University in Lima, Peru, in 1954. After moving to the United States, he completed residency at the Dayton Veterans’ Affairs Medical Center between 1963 and 1966 before setting up a private practice.
In addition to solo practice, Dr. Sarabia was on surgical staff at many local hospitals, including Good Samaritan Hospital, Miami Valley Hospital, St. Elizabeth Hospital, and children’s hospitals. He was active in providing care to underserved populations at the Hopeland Clinic, which ceased operations in 2000. Each year, Hopeland Clinic treated 10,000 adults and 3,000 children.
Sarabia shared with his family and friends a love of the arts, natural sciences, travel, literature and good food. He had a prodigious appetite for knowledge and was never too far from a book. He enjoyed baking and regularly treated his family to homemade bread and pastries. A sharp wit with a great sense of humor, he was a fan of political satire and Monty Python.
He was a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He also was a Fellow of the American College of Abdominal Surgeons. Dr. Sarabia retired from medicine in 2006.
Sarabia’s remains have been donated to the Boonshoft School of Medicine Anatomical Gift Program. He is survived and greatly missed by his wife of 61 years, Trudy; four daughters; a son; six grandsons; two sisters; and many nieces and nephews.
A visitation is scheduled for 9:30 a.m., and a memorial Mass is scheduled at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, September 20, at St. Luke’s Parish, 1440 N. Fairfield Road, Beavercreek, Ohio. Donations in Sarabia’s memory may be made to Doctors Without Borders, Reach Out of Montgomery County, or Hospice of Dayton.