Fernando Torres, MD
Member Since 1972
Date of Death: January 21, 2007
Dr. Fernando Torres, a pioneer in modern electroencephalography, died on January 21, 2007 in Edina. He was a University of Minnesota Emeritus Professor of Neurology. Dr. Torres had also served as former Honorary Consul of Columbia.
He was born in Paris in 1925 and grew up in his parents’ native Columbia. He studied and lived in the United States for more than 50 years. Dr. Torres became a United States citizen in 1999 which was said to be one of his proudest moments.
He joined the University of Minnesota Medical School staff in 1956. He was an unusually good teacher and mentor and good with patients, according to a former student and chief of neurology at Hennepin County Medical Center and professor of neurology at the University.
Before moving to the Twin Cities, he studied or practiced in New York and in Bogota, Columbia. Dr. Torres performed research at Johns Hopkins University and its hospital in the early 1950s. During the 1950s until the 1970s, Dr. Torres was a pioneer in modern electroencephalography and helped to develop standards for EEG labs throughout the U.S. and the world. He contributed more than 105 articles to the medical literature. He served as honorary consul to Minnesota from 1961 to 1996 handling matters such as the U.S. justice system, immigration as well as adoption. He and his wife, Trudy, founded and led the Minnesota Academy of Seizure Rehabilitation in Minneapolis from 1959 until 1991. Dr. Torres served as the neurologist for the group which helped people with epilepsy train for jobs while getting control of their seizures.
Dr. Torres is survived by his son, Mauricio, of Lima, Peru and four grandchildren. A memorial service was held January 25, 2007.
Cohen B. Fernando Torres, brain-wave graphing pioneer. StarTribune.com January 23-24, and January 28, 2007
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