SANTA ROSA - Dr. Magno Jacinto Ortega, age 82, died on Saturday, Aug. 29, 2009. He was born Nov. 25, 1926, in Aliaga, Nueva Ecija, Philippines, to Teofilo Ortega and Ramona Jacinto Ortega. He was born and raised in the Philippines. He graduated with an AB from Far Eastern University and earned his doctorate of medicine from University of Santo Tomas, Manila, in 1952.
He completed an internship in internal medicine at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Elmira, N.Y., in 1952-53. He then completed three years’ residency in psychiatry at Howard State Hospital, Howard, R.I.; New Jersey State Hospital, Trenton, N.J., and the Pinel Foundation, Seattle, Wash.
He was a diplomate in psychiatry, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, having passed the boards as an exchange visitor and as an American citizen. He has written books and articles in the field of psychiatry and lectured worldwide.
He worked as chief of service, Central State Hospital, Norman, Okla., 1957-1959; as a registrar in Littlemore Hospital, Littlemore, Oxford, England, 1959-1960; and Warlingham Park Hospital, Warlingham, Surrey, England, 1960-61. He was director of residency training at Wayne County General Hospital, Detroit, Mich., 1961-1964.
He came to Napa in 1964 and was chief of professional education from 1964-1982 at Napa State Hospital and an associate psychiatrist at UCSF.
One of his daughters writes: “He lived a long and interesting life and saw so many things and always got his own way. He always inspired us to ‘think out of the box’ and created a lifestyle of adventure and challenge for all of his children and you. He’s off to the next challenge and we should celebrate his inspiration and hopefully we can continue to get our own way by ‘thinking out of the box’ and inspiring others to live an interesting and creative life.”
His granddaughter writes: “Magno was a man who loved spending time with his family and close friends. His magnetic nature drew people to him; whether to ask for some fatherly advice or a loving hug, Magno was there. Known as a rational dreamer and an intellectual thinker, he was never without an idea (theory?) for why things existed. From teaching his grandchildren the meaning of holidays to teaching his students the art of psychiatry, Magno had a love of spreading knowledge. His generous and caring nature paired with his witty sense of humor will definitely be missed.”
He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Mary Helen Patterson Ortega; his three children: David Eduardo and Mercedes Zabarte Ortega of San Francisco, Divina Esperanza Aldas Ortega and Ricardo Mojica Angeles of Daly City and Nona Jane Long Ortega of Princeton, N.J.; four grandchildren: Ricardo David Ortega Angeles, Vanessa Regina Ortega, Danielle Veronica Ortega Angeles and John Paul Magno Ortega; his great-grandson, Eyan Joseph Angeles Pangilinan; and many nieces, nephews and cousins. He is preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Renato Ortega.
Memorial donations can be made to the Lester and Helen Patterson Family Scholarship Fund for Native American Indian students at Oklahoma Baptist University, P.O. Box 61275, Shawnee, OK, 74804.