Dr. Oscar A. Soto, born July 29, 1935 Santiago, Cuba passed away peacefully July 23, 2013 surrounded by his family.
Dr. Soto was a 1960 the University of Salamanca, Spain and the University of Havana Medical Schools. Dr. Soto trained and was a staff physician at Henry Ford Hospital, Detroit, from 1962 to 1966. From 1966 through 1967, Dr. Soto, a Board Certified Internist practiced Internal Medicine and Cardiology at Holston Valley Hospital in Kingsport, Tennessee.
In 1967 Dr. Soto was drafted and served his adopted country with honor and distinction as a U.S. Army Medical Doctor rising to the rank of Lt. Colonel until 1970 when he was honorably discharged. Dr. Soto's last posting was Fort Belvoir, Virginia outside of Washington DC where his patients included returning Vietnam veterans and Generals stationed at the Pentagon.
At the recommendation of his commanding officer he came south to Fort Lauderdale and to the attention of Scotty Wilson, MD his early mentor here in Fort Lauderdale.
Dr. Soto practiced as an Internist and Cardiologist for 47 years in Ft. Lauderdale where his reputation for excellence and compassion made him a highly sought after member of the medical community. Dr. Soto was a member of the Medical Staffs of Holy Cross Hospital, Broward General and North Beach/Cleveland Clinic Hospital where he served as Chief of Staff in 1989/1990.
Dr. Soto is survived by his wife of 52 years, Rita, four children: Lisa Soto of Boston, Oscar E. Soto, Jr. and his wife Angela of Fort Lauderdale, Henrietta Soto Curley and her husband Jay of Boston and Alex Soto and his wife Jane of Fort Lauderdale, and six grandchildren: Caitlin Soto, Washington DC, Andrew Soto, Max Soto, Rita Curley, Jack Curley and Natalie Curley of Boston. Dr. Soto is also survived by his brothers, Dr. Alberto Soto, St. Louis, MO, Joaquin Soto Ft. Wayne, IN and Enrique Soto, Esq. Miami and many nieces and nephews.
He was a thoughtful and caring man who impacted the lives of anyone who had the good fortune to know him. He will be sorely missed by his family and friends.
A wake is scheduled for 6:00pm to 8:00 pm Sunday July 28, 2013 at Kraeer-Fairchild Funeral Home at 4061 N Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale. Burial services at the family's request are private at Queen of Heaven Catholic Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers Dr. Soto's family requests that you consider a donation to Holy Cross Hospital or its affiliated charities.