Obituary of James A. Baros, M.D.
- Obituary of James A. Baros, M.D.
San Antonio Express-News Online
1 Mar 2003
James A. Baros, M.D., age 79, went to be with the Lord on Thursday,
February 27, 2003 in San Antonio, Texas. He was born to John and
Grace Baros in Moulton, Texas December 1, 1923. Jim grew up on the
family farm just outside of Moulton, Texas. He was an honor graduate
in 1942 from Moulton High School, an outstanding athlete in all
sports, and Jim even played tuba in the high school band. After two
years of study in engineering at Texas A & M University, he enlisted
in the U.S. Army Air Forces where he used his extraordinary math
skills as a 2nd Lieutenant Navigator on a B-24 bomber. While flying
many combat missions over Germany, Italy, and North Africa in World
War II, he was awarded The Arial Combat Certificate of Valor. In
1944, he returned to Texas A & M University where he changed his
major to pre-med. It was also in the fall of 1945 that his mother set
up a "chance" meeting with Estelle Rother, a medical clinic secretary
in Halletsville, Texas. After graduation from Texas A & M in 1948,
Jim entered the University of Texas Medical School at Galveston.
After his first year, the "by chance" romance led to his marrying
Estelle, making her the love of his life for 53 glorious years. Upon
graduation from medical school and a residency in El Paso, Jim opened
his family medical practice in San Antonio, across the street from
the Alamo. Here, he practiced for forty-nine years. His devotion and
loyalty to patients, his expertise and knowledge as a physician, and
his compassion for everyone he met, made him an icon in the medical
community. With his medical practice rapidly expanding, while
coaching Jimmy, Larry, and David to many football, basketball, and
baseball championships, he never missed a single music or dance
recital of Susan or Donna's. His love for his wife and children was
his passion. All the while nurturing a family, and growing a medical
practice, Jim felt his childhood roots tugging him back to the
country. Gradually he acquired prime land from families he knew while
growing up around Moulton. The people trusted "Dr. Jimmy" with their
land. Starting out as a "hobby," Jim developed and improved his
ranches into a full-scale business. While raising registered
Charolais and Brahman herds, he was instrumental in developing
championship show cattle that were marketed to breeders in Australia,
South Africa, and Thailand. While partnering with his long-time
friend, Billy Thomas, he enriched his herd with the last importation
of Zebu cattle from Brazil in 1978. This importation helped to
influence the Brahma breeds forever. The world is a better place
because of Jim Baros. His presence will be missed by so many. A man's
man, loving husband, father, and grandfather. We will miss you, Popo.
Jim was a member of the following professional associations; Bexar
County Medical Society, Texas Medical Association, American Medical
Association, and Association of Family Physicians. In 1973, he served
as Chief of Staff of the Baptist Memorial Hospital System. Jim was
also a member of the American Brahma Breeders Association and
American International Charolais Association.
He was preceded in death by parents John and Grace Baros, brothers,
Clyde and Gordon Baros, and sister Ethel Logan. He is survived by his
wife of 53 years, Estelle Francis Rother Baros; children, James A.
Baros, Jr., M.D. and wife, Debbie, Larry W. Baros, M.D. and wife,
Janie, David L. Baros and fianc 5/8e, Dawn Linton, Susan M. Dahlberg
and husband, Greg, Donna K. Osborne and husband, Jon, all of San
Antonio, Texas; grandchildren, Grady and Kyle Dahlberg, Travis and
Ashley Baros, Weston and Haley Baros, Jon Brett, Cory and Alyssa
Osborne, Elise and Morgan Baros; brother, Bobby Baros and wife, Doris
of Gonzales, Texas; numerous nieces and nephews.
ROSARY SUNDAY 7:00 P.M. PORTER LORING NORTH CHAPEL MASS MONDAY 10:30
A.M. HOLY SPIRIT CATHOLIC CHURCH The Reverend Anthony Pesek, Rev.
Monsignor Michael O'Gorman, and Rev. Monsignor Alois J. Goertz will
officiate. Entombment will follow in Holy Cross Cemetery. In lieu of
flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The American Heart
Association or the charity of your choice. Arrangements with Porter
Loring Mortuary North.