OBITUARY

Dr. Marta I. Rendon

September 19, 1957March 24, 2021

Marta Ines Rendon, MD 1957-2021

Dr. Marta Ines Rendon joined God’s glorious kingdom alongside her father, Jesus Uriel Rendon, mother, Rosa Luisa Melendro, and brother, Alejandro Jose Gregorio Rendon, on March 24th, 2021, in Boca Raton, Florida. Marta Rendon was a caring mother, loving spouse, and a world renowned Dermatologist who advanced medical knowledge as an educator, global lecturer, and pioneering researcher. She fought courageously with pancreatic cancer for the past 4 years with the support of her family, while making the most of every moment by continuing her travels, philanthropy, and mentorship.

Marta was born in Medellin, Colombia to Jesus Uriel and Rosa, as their only daughter and second of four children. From a young age, she enjoyed poetry and science and was a dedicated student with a true passion for learning, growing, and what would eventually become, teaching. While she was born in Medellin, she spent her formative years in Mayauez, Puerto Rico, where she started shining from an early age. She was a trailblazer; overcoming obstacles to be a foremost leader in a male-dominated field, while always being authentic, caring, and true to herself. Marta led with compassion -- she knew what she wanted, always put the hard work in, and never let anything stand in her way.

Marta’s accomplishments are amazing for one person; in medicine, Marta was President of Women’s Dermatologic Society, President and Founder of American Society of Aesthetics Dermatology & Surgery, President of the Skin of Color Society, member of the Belizean Grove, as well as a key opinion leader for many pharmaceutical companies. Marta began practicing dermatology in South Florida at the Cleveland Clinic. While at the clinic, she rose to become the Chairman of Dermatology and Member of the Board of Governors, before leaving to open her own private practice in Boca Raton. What started out as a small practice, “The Rendon Center'' grew to become the premier practice in town with additional physicians, over 50 employees, and a dedicated full-time research department.

As much as she loved her rewarding career in dermatology, she prioritized enjoying the gifts and joys of life, spending time with her dear family and friends, and making beautiful memories while exploring the world. From Como to Cannes, Marta treasured experiencing new cultures, seeing new and beautiful places, and always remembered to pick up a Starbucks mug for her collection along the way.

Marta had a huge heart for community service and was a benefactor for many of the local charities in her community including the Junior League, Soroptomist, Boca Raton Regional Hospital Foundation, Boca Helping Hands, Marine Education Initiative, and the Spirit of Giving. One of her greatest pleasures was in mentorship -- she took deep interest in empathetically guiding young people and empowering them to grow in their careers. She was a champion for young leaders in dermatology. Marta’s life exemplified one that was wholeheartedly well-lived and well-loved.

While she achieved tremendous success in her career, her greatest accomplishment is her incredible love for people and zest for life. Her only son Juan, a reflection of her best qualities, has always been the focus and love of her life. Marta’s life partner, Dr. Bret Ribotsky, her biggest advocate and supporter, and his two children, Robyn and Ben, rounded out the family for the last 17 years.

She was a selfless, dedicated mother and partner who was present for every moment, big and small. Even with her demanding career, she never missed a game, play, or event in Juan’s life, or the little things like dropping him off at school every day. She took great pride in raising him and raising those around him -- always opening her home and heart to Juan’s close family and friends, becoming a second mom to many.

Marta epitomized the phrase “to know her is to love her” -- those who knew her would often talk about her infectious smile, generous heart, and how her presence would light up a room. She was filled with vision, verve, and compassion. She uplifted and encouraged others with her warmth, positivity, indomitable inner strength, integrity, and resilience in the face of life’s challenges. She was a force of nature…known for her brilliant mind, vivacious enthusiasm, vibrant personality, and above all, a profound love of people…most especially, her deeply loved family.

She is survived by her son, Juan, her partner, Bret, his children, Robyn and Ben, her brothers, Jorge Rendon and Uriel Rendon, her nieces and nephews, Jorge Rendon, Michelle Rendon, Julian Rendon, Nick Rendon, Uri Rendon, Brett Rendon, and Lana Rendon.

If you’d like to support the fight to beat pancreatic cancer, please consider donating in Marta’s name at letswinpc.org/donate.

Services

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    Saturday, March 27, 2021

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Nancy Balik FitzGerald

April 6, 2021

Marta lit up the world with her beautiful spirit, warmth, positivity, resilience, compassion and loving nature. Her inner strength and joyful approach to life were awe-inspiring. What an extraordinary woman she was, one who will be greatly missed! I cherish many special experiences with her. My deepest condolences to Juan, Bret and family. Nancy Balik FitzGerald

Marc Brenner

March 28, 2021

Our sincerest condolences to Brett and the entire family for the untimely loss of Marta, a beautiful and talented woman
Love Marc and Marlene Brenner

Adolo Benitez

March 27, 2021

Dr. Rendon, thank you, thank you, thank you. I will always be grateful for all you have taught me. It is because of you, I have learned how to greet, welcome, and care for my patients in a manor that makes them feel special. I try my best to follow in your footsteps. You were a great mentor. You taught me much more than dermatology. You taught me about life. During the time I studied under you, you entrusted me with much responsibility, including your research. It is because of that trust I grew my self-confidence. In turn, I then opened my practice. I now have a successful practice and business that I can, in great part, attribute to you. My family and I can never express enough how grateful we are to you.

Adolfo L. Benitez

Fern Cole

March 27, 2021

Mi Querida Amiga:

I will forever cherish our 15 plus years of working together and our close friendship. We were “the team” of the Rendon Center for Dermatology, volunteered countless hours for local philanthropy, and had lots of fun adventures with Alex and so many others. From our tons of shared meals, secrets, laughter and building your magnificent practice, every day was special. I was fortunate to get to work with you for your international and national projects - you referred to them “as the little things I do” however they were not little at all!! Our trip to Italy for my birthday was a dream. We raised our only children together as single parents and are now blessed with their successes. I’m a better person for knowing you. Rest In Peace and say hi to my buddy Alex. I love you both immensely.
Your Fernita

Dr Anthony Dardano

March 27, 2021

I want to express my deepest sympathies to Bret and Marta’s family. She was an amazing woman, a great physician and friend.

Jacquelyn Currier

March 27, 2021

Marta,
You have a been a constant in my life for so many years it’s hard to put into words what you mean to me. You took a chance on me as a young adult and what began as a work relationship, quickly blossomed into a an amazing mentorship and friendship. I’ve always looked up to you and respected how hard you worked and how much you blessed those around you. Your wonderful spirit, big heart and sweet smile will be terribly missed. I loved you in life and will continue to love you as you continue your journey with God.
Rest in Peace my dear friend; your memory and spirit will never be forgotten. Love you always.

Guillermo Monroy

March 27, 2021

Sadness and grief envelop our soul. Martha was a sweet, determine, simple, kind, smiling creature molded directly by Our Creator Holy Hands. He wanted much sooner to hold her in His Arms from ever. We, in our family, will pray for her. God bless her.

Carlos Arenas

March 27, 2021

Marta showed a determination that inspired. Her joie de vivre was evident minutes after the first encounter and her bubbly character will for sure be missed. No matter who you were she made you feel unique and important. We all can take a page from her book on her enthusiasm and camaraderie.
“Lives are like rivers: Eventually they go where they must. Not where we want them to.”

Delcy Caceres de Rodriguez

March 27, 2021

I accompany you from the heart in such a sensitive loss.

Martha for me was an exceptional person, generous
with her knowledge, compassionate, empathetic, loving, fraternal, unique, coherent, and a model in her ethical and moral clarity both on a personal and social level; her values ​​were also present in her professional practice and her scientific contribution to knowledge, especially to the advancement of dermatology in the world.

She distinguished herself as an unconditional and loving Mentor and Teacher with the people who had the honor of being by her side as my daughter Giovanna Ciocca was. You will always have my eternal gratitude. I am sure that our Good God has you in his glory.

With a lot of love,

Delcy Caceres de Rodríguez and family

Bethsaida Jordan

March 27, 2021

Dearest Marta with my son @ Washington during a convention. Sweet and loving as always 💛

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY