CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Longtime Fayette County physician Dr. Enrique Aguilar was recognized by the state House of Delegates last week for a "lifetime of accomplishments," ranging from delivering more than 3,000 babies to identifying the site that would become the state's new maximum security prison.
A native of Mexico City, Aguilar, 93, graduated from the University of Mexico's medical school in 1945, and began working as a doctor for a mining company, first in a remote Baja, Calif., mining camp, and later at a town of 9,000, where he was the sole physician.
In 1952, he moved to Montgomery, where he served a residency in general surgery and obstetrics at what is now Montgomery General Hospital. After completing his post-graduate training and passing his American medical boards, Dr. Aguilar became an American citizen and joined the Montgomery hospital's permanent staff.
"He was supposed to stay for a year, but once he arrived in West Virginia, he never went back," according to the legislative citation issued to Aguilar last week. "Dr. Aguilar was a general surgeon, emergency room doctor and family physician for more than 40 years in a time when house calls were common and emergency rooms were just for emergencies," the citation continued.
Aguilar opened a private practice in Montgomery, as well as the Hillside Clinic in Charlton Heights, in partnership with Dr. Lewis Elias. A private pilot, he served as a medical examiner for the Federal Aviation Administration and was a member of the Flying Physicians Association.
For devoting 50 years to the medical profession and delivering more than 3,000 babies in addition to "always looking for ways to help his community and our state," the House of Delegates praised Dr. Aguilar for being "a man of dedication, dignity and character."