In Loving Memory of

Dr. Carlos E. Muniz

08/26/1924 - 05/09/2014

Dr. Carlos Enrique Muniz passed away surrounded by friends and family on Friday, May 9, 2014. He was born in Havana, Cuba to Manuel and Maria Muñiz on August 26, 1924. He graduated from the Havana Medical School with honors in 1948 with a specialty in internal medicine, and furthered his medical career after immigrating to the United States in 1961 with a residency in psychiatry. Dr. Muniz was highly regarded as an internist at the Sacred Heart Hospital in Cuba, a professor at the University of Missouri medical school’s college of psychiatry, a full professor of psychiatry at the University of Florida, and the chief of psychiatry at the VA hospital in Gainesville, FL.

“Papi,” as he was known by all, loved sports, especially tennis and Gator football. During the Olympic Games he would spend countless hours listening to his AM radio for updates on the achievements of the Cuban athletes. Papi will be deeply missed by his family and friends who will carry on his legacy lifelong love of education.

He is survived by Sara, his wife of 64 years, his four children, Sara, Carlos, Albert and Ana, eight grandchildren and four great grandchildren.

There will be a visitation and service on Saturday, May 10th, 2014 at the Forest Meadows Memorial Park Centrals “Chapel in the Meadows” starting at 6:00pm



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16 Responses

  1. Ken D'Ortona at · Reply


    Sorry to hear about your dad’s (Papi) passing. Although I didn’t know him, I can speak to knowing the traits he passed on to his son. Therefore, I know something about the man himself and am aware of the great job he did in raising his children. At almost 90 he was able to see your considerable achievements and contributions. I know that made him proud. Carlos, my best to you and your family.


  2. Carlos and Omi Risco at · Reply

    Querida Familia

    We are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Dr. Muniz and want to express our heartfelt condolences to the entire family. Omi and I feel fortunate that we got to know Papi and had an opportunity to benefit from his wisdom and humor. We will always treasure our conversations surrounded with friends, family and good food during our visits to Sarasota during family beach vacations. May the love that he shared with all of you comfort you during this difficult time. His legacy indeed continues with Alexi furthering her education as a veterinary student at the University of Florida. We share your grief and our thoughts and prayers are with everyone.

    Omi and Carlos Risco

  3. Maggie Labarta at · Reply

    Sara, que tristeza me dio al regresar de un viaje y saber que habiamos perdido a Carlos. Aprendi tanto cuando estuve en su servicio en el hospital de veteranos, y a traves de los años. Somos muchos los que le debemos igualmente. Fué un hombre de gran humor, sencillo, y bondadoso. Sé que es una perdida terrible para su familia y para su amigos aqui. Pienso y rezo por Uds. en este tiempo tan triste, pero sé que siempre tendrán tanto que recordar y mucho orgullo en una vida tan bien vivida. Maggie

  4. Gene Antuna at · Reply

    Dear cousin,
    So sorry to learn of the passing of Carlos, specially at a time when we seem to have renewed our family link going back to our youth. Like I’ve told you, vivid in my mind are those days when he would have the night shift at the hospital across the street and you would spend time peeking through the window watching him stand guard. My condolences to all your family which I am sure are students of your great husband and will miss him dearly. I hope that shortly we may meet. May he rest in Peace.

  5. Nath Doughtie at · Reply

    Many happy hours spent with Carlos on the courts. So sorry Sara. Nath

  6. Bill Cross at · Reply

    Deepest condolences to Sara and family from old 300 Club tennis buddy.

  7. Bruce and Ann Marie Rogers at · Reply

    Sincere condolences to Sara and all the family. Enjoyed many great tennis sets!

  8. Gary and Ava Gossinger at · Reply

    We are saddened to learn of Carlos’ passing. For over forty year Carlos has been a close friend, colleague, teacher, and advisor. We will forever miss his warm company, wisdom, and sense of humor. He clearly lived a life of accomplishments. Our sympathies are with Sara and the family.

  9. Bob Pollack at · Reply

    How do I put in words to express the impact Carlos had on me and my life. Carlos was a man with a heart and a strange sense of humor. When he laughed the room shook and when he was annoyed the somber look of anger had a devilish impish grin somehow enjoying the error with you and laughing when the consequences were worked out. H could make someone feel important and yet be guiding them at the same time. He introduced me to guava jelly and cream cheese, cigars and most of all, the siesta. He was my mentor. He was my teacher but mos of all he was my friend an d he will always live in my heart as he will in all of those who knew him. Goodbye but not farewell.

  10. Mike Ware at · Reply

    I was very saddened to learn about the death of Carlos. He made a tremendous impression on a young physician during my intership in psychiatry. He was a gifted mentor, clinician, and colleague who imparted a wealth of knowledge about the care of the psychiatric patient plus a host of life lessons that would be encountered along the way. He remains a awesome inspiration to me today and feel blessed that our paths first crossed many years ago. My sympathies go out to Sara and the whole family.

  11. Maria deRojas at · Reply

    Sarita, sentimos mucho por ti. Siempre pense lo mejor de Carlos. Fue un gran hombre. Estamos rogando por tu familia.

    Tu prima, Maria.

    Sarita, we send our condolences. We looked up to Carlos. We remember him as always having a smile on his face. Carlos had a way of making us laugh with his stories and observations.

    Andy & Mary Cao

  12. Belinda and Frank Foster at · Reply

    Dear Sara, Carlos, Albert, Sara and Ana,
    We are blessed to have know Carlos. What a great listener he was many times when I needed advice or just a caring person to listen. I always valued his advice which usually was “don’t worry everything will be fine” He influenced Frank to moving over to the VA hospital and we are really thankful for that. I will greatly miss Carlos. I feel honored that a few years ago he gave me his book “Memories and Reflections of a Cuban American”. I shall really treasure it. Our Sympathy and Love goes out to you all.

  13. Gib Coerper at · Reply

    Carlos, So sorry to hear about your dad, our prayers go out to you and family.

    Gib Coerper
    Alachua, Fl.

  14. Gib Coerper at · Reply

    Carlos and Family, so sorry to hear about your Dad.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

    Gib Coerper

  15. Jon Stewart at · Reply

    I just learned about Carlos’s passing, we always lose our mentors but this was a real shock. Carlos was my mentor and my role model, he taught me psychiatry, taught me to love caring for the sickest patients, taught me to teach, taught me compassion. He really taught me to be a doctor, and to this day nobody has influenced me more. I know that there are hundreds of physicians out there who became who they were because of his teaching and modeling. Words can’t express my gratitude at having had him in my life.

  16. aak at · Reply

    Lamento mucho la pérdida de su ser amado. Estoy segura que está pasando por un tiempo muy difícil ya que la muerte deja un gran vacío en nuestro corazón. Algo que me ayudó mucho a mi es el consuelo que da la palabra de Dios, La Biblia. Si tiene una Biblia, le invito a que busque los textos de Juan 5:28, 29, Revelación 21; 3,4 y Hechos 24: 15. Ahí vera que se nos da la bella esperanza de la resurrección. Esto nos deja saber que en un futuro, ¡vamos a poder ver a nuestros seres queridos nuevamente, incluyendo a su ser amado! ¿Se puede imaginar el gozo que tendremos? Quisiera compartir más con usted esta magnífica esperanza. Con dicho pensamiento en mente, le invito a visitar el siguiente enlace: http/ Ahí encontrara un artículo que habla más al respecto. Espero le ayude a lidiar con su dolor.

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