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Luis Rafael Torriente

August 19th, 1932 - June 26th, 2024

Luis Rafael Torriente, a devoted physician, proud veteran, and passionate polymath, has passed away. He was born on August 19, 1932, in Palma Soriano, Oriente Province, Cuba, the son of the late Zoila Marti and Luis Torriente, he led a life marked by service, intellectual curiosity, and dedication to his family and patients. 


Dr. Torriente graduated from the University of Havana in 1958, completed his internship and residency in Chicago, and began his career in Internal Medicine. On December 4, 1962, he proudly became a naturalized U.S. citizen, embracing his adopted country with enthusiasm and commitment. 


In November 1978, Dr. Torriente joined the United States Air Force, serving with distinction until his discharge as a Lieutenant Colonel in April 1985. His medical expertise was further recognized when he served on the United States Hypertension Task Force and as a NASA Apollo physician. He also ran the intensive care unit at Patrick Air Force Base, demonstrating his leadership and clinical skills. 


Together with his wife, Dr. Margaret Rank, Luis operated a successful medical practice until his retirement in 1999. Their partnership extended beyond their professional lives, as they raised two wonderful children, Suzanne and Daniel.


Dr. Torriente's dedication to his patients earned him their love and respect, culminating in his election to the emeritus staff at Holmes Regional Medical Center. His contributions to medicine were matched only by his diverse interests and talents.


An award-winning photographer and accomplished pilot, Luis was an active member of the "Flying Physicians," where he also received accolades. He was a worldwide traveler. His intellectual pursuits extended to a vast knowledge of history and astronomy, reflecting his lifelong commitment to learning and exploration.


Luis Rafael Torriente is survived by his loving wife, Margaret Rank, and son Daniel Torriente. His well-lived life is being celebrated by all who knew him, remembering a man who embraced every aspect of life with passion and excellence.


Peggy and Dan are grateful for the assistance of HF Hospice. 


A graveside service will be held at Cape Canaveral National Cemetery on Tuesday, July 9, 2024, at 11:00 am. 

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