The Fayette Tribune, Oak Hill, W.Va.


January 15, 2014

Obituaries — Thursday, January 16, 2014

Dr. Enrique Aguilar

Dr. Enrique Aguilar, died Jan. 12, 2014.

Born Oct. 20, 1919, in Mexico City, he was the son of the late Colonel Jesus and Sara Belden Aguilar.

Dr. Aguilar was a loving father, husband and pillar of the community.

He graduated from the University of Mexico Medical School in May 1946. His first assignment was that of a company doctor in charge of the medical department of mining companies in the states of Baja California and Guanajuato in Mexico, under very primitive conditions.

After six years service as a mining camp doctor he was accepted as a surgical resident in 1952 at the Laird Memorial Hospital in Montgomery. At the termination of his residency he returned to Monterrey, Mexico, to open a private practice.

Shortly thereafter, Dr. Bill Laird offered him a permanent position on his staff and Dr. Aguilar and his family returned to Montgomery where he served at Laird Memorial, now Montgomery General Hospital, until his retirement in 1995.

He practiced general and family medicine, surgery and obstetrics, and became a highly respected physician throughout the area. Dr. Aguilar brought over 3,000 of God’s creatures into this world. He also was one of the last doctors to make house calls up Paint Creek and Cabin Creek.

He was a member in good standing of the W.V.S.M.A.; Fayette County Medical Society, of which he was past president; the A.A.F.P; the Rotary Club of Montgomery, where he was a Paul Harris Fellow; the Upper Kanawha Chamber of Commerce; and the Founders Society of 1895 Tech Foundation.

He was also a member of the American Medical Association (AMA), the Civil Aviation Medical Association (CAMA), the Upper Kanawha Valley Development Corporation, Montgomery General Hospital board of trustees, and past director of the Montgomery National Bank.

Dr. Aguilar was an accomplished private pilot and served many years as a senior FAA Medical Examiner and was a member of the Flying Physicians Association. He flew to Mexico nine times in his own aircraft.

He was also director of the Medical Department of the Elkem Metals Plant at Alloy from 1991-2002 when the plant discontinued its medical services.

Throughout his entire life, Dr. Aguilar was heavily involved in community affairs. One of his most notable contributions was spearheading, together with other leaders in the community, the movement to transfer the West Virginia State Penitentiary from Moundsville to the Mount Olive Correctional Facility in the Montgomery area.

After 57 years of active practice, Dr. Aguilar retired in December 2002 after closing his private practice on Sept. 30, 1995, and the Elkem Medical Department in Dec. 31, 2002.

Surviving: his lovely wife of 67 years, Sallie; sons, Rick of Hansford, Fernando of Albuquerque, N.M., Francisco of Montgomery, and Ricardo of York, Pa.; daughters, Sarita Fraser of Eugene, Ore., and Charlotte Smith of Wauwatosa, Wis.; goddaughter, Cindy Girimont of Charleston, nine grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

Dr. Aguilar was a huge proponent of youth development so in lieu of flowers the family would appreciate a donation to one of the following organizations: Boy Scout Troop 100, c/o John McPhail, PO Box 118, Pratt, WV 25162; or Mountain State Little League, c/o Charles Stanley, PO Box 15 Hansford, WV 25103; or the charity of your choice.

Mass of Christian burial will be held at 11 a.m., Thursday, Jan. 16, at St. Anthony’s Shrine, Boomer, with Father Mark officiating. There will be a visitation for friends and loved ones from 10 a.m. until service time at the church.

Friends and loved ones are invited to join for a homegoing celebration luncheon at the Immaculate Conception Church, Montgomery, at approximately 12:30 p.m.

Online condolences may be sent at

Arrangements by Pennington Funeral Home, Gauley Bridge.

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