Tirso del Junco, Cuban-American politician, Died at 98


Tirso Del Junco (April 20, 1925 – September 4, 2023) was a multifaceted American politician, an Olympic rower, and a distinguished medical doctor.

Born in Havana, Cuba, on April 20, 1925, Del Junco graduated from the University of Havana Medical School in 1949. He pursued internships and residencies, showcasing his dedication to medicine. Notably, he was part of the Cuban rowing team at the 1948 Summer Olympics in London.

In his medical career, Del Junco excelled as a general surgeon, becoming a diplomate of the American Board of Surgery and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He held prominent positions in various hospitals, including chief of the medical staff and chairman of surgical departments.

Del Junco also had a military tenure, achieving the rank of captain in the United States Army and serving as chief of surgery at Camp Hanford Army Hospital. He played a role as a medical officer during the Bay of Pigs Invasion.

His involvement in the academic and political realms was significant. Del Junco was a member and chairman of the Board of Regents of the University of California, chairman of the California Republican Party, and a delegate to multiple Republican National Conventions. Additionally, he served on various boards and committees, including the United States Postal Service and the United States Naval Academy.

On September 4, 2023, Tirso Del Junco passed away in Orange County, California, at the age of 98. His lifetime of accomplishments across medicine, sports, and politics left a lasting impact on society.