Dr. Horacio Arias, M.D.
May 1, 1924 – January 23, 2021
Horacio Arias, M.D. age 96, of Tampa, Florida (originally Medellin, Colombia) Horacio passed away on January 23, 2021 at AdventHealth Carrollwood Hospital after a short illness with his loving family at his side.
Horacio was born on May 1, 1924 in Medellin, Colombia to Sergio and Lucilla (Duque) Arias. He did his undergraduate and medical training in Colombia, having attained the degree of MD in 1954. He did additional training in Psychoanalysis in Colombia, and he practiced Psychiatry and Psychoanalysis for a remarkable 67 years (in Tampa, FL since 1977). Even in recent years, including up until the time of his short illness, he was seeing patients for ½ day each Monday – Friday at his office.
Horacio was married to the love of his life, Shirley Ruth (Wehrum) Arias on April 4, 1959 in St. Louis, Missouri. It was a chance meeting on a commercial aircraft that brought Horacio and Shirley together for a wonderful 53 years, very happily married for 51 of those years. Initially, they lived in Horacio’s home country of Colombia, where Shirley worked as an English teacher while Horacio completed his medical training in Psychoanalysis. Subsequently, Horacio and Shirley relocated to the Worcester, Massachusetts area and then Tampa, Florida in 1977. Horacio served his residency in Psychiatry at the Worcester State Hospital in Worcester, Massachusetts from 1971 – 1974. His Psychoanalytic training having previously performed with the Colombian Psychoanalytic Association in Colombia. He enjoyed all aspects of Psychiatry and working with patients to improve their mental health. He was an active member of a number of professional associations, including: the American Psychiatric Association, the American Psychoanalytic Association, the American Medical Association, the International Psychoanalytic Association, the American Academy of Psychoanalysis (Fellow), the International Psychoanalytic Association and the Tampa Bay Psychoanalytic Society, of which he is a former President.
Horacio was a voracious reader and had an extensive library. He was always available to talk, with family members, friends and patients. He would happily share his knowledge and insight into the topic or difficulty at hand. He enjoyed trying new things, among them travel to distant parts of the world, with Shirley, and fly-in fishing in the remote lakes of Quebec, Canada with his nephews. Some of their favorite international destinations were: Barcelona, Spain and Greece and their cruise to Alaska. Horacio, along with Shirley, played a very active role in the lives of their nieces and nephews. Together they attended all of their important milestone events and taught them many things about life and how to maximize one’s potential. This tradition continued, as their nieces and nephews had children of their own, who were likewise blessed to have the opportunity to interact with Horacio and Shirley.
Horacio is survived by nephews Paul A. Wehrum, Jr., DO (Mysti) of Zanesville, OH, Henry L Wehrum, DO (Anne Marie) of Columbus, OH, Mark J. Wehrum, DO (Dawn) of Lake Baldwin, FL, niece Jessica R. (Richard) Kerger, of Toledo, Ohio as well as his great-nephews and nieces: Amanda, Angela, Ben, Brent, Cade, Carleigh, Caroline, Carter Arias, Christopher, Connor, Eric, Jack, Nickolas, Samantha, Shawn, Thomas and Tyler. The family is very grateful for the wonderful care provided to Horacio by the ICU team of physicians and nurses at AdventHealth Carrollwood Hospital in Tampa.
Arrangements are being handled by Blount-Curry Carrollwood Chapel at 3207 W. Bearrs Avenue in Tampa (813) 968-2303. The Memorial Service for Dr. Horacio Arias will be held at Blount-Curry Funeral Home, Carrollwood on Saturday March 27, 2021 at 11AM. Visitation will be from 10-11AM.
Saturday, March 27, 2021
Dr. Arias Memorial Service
Saturday, March 27, 2021
Dr. Horacio Arias, M.D.
Ramon and Paula Nieto
April 15, 2021
Dear Family of Shirley and Horacio
We are saddened by the loss of our dear
friends. Ramon remembers fondly the time that he heard the first knock on his door at
City Hospital after arriving from Colombia. Horacio saved him and so began
a wonderful friendship with the four us.
Sadly missing Shirley and Horacio
Ramon n Paula Nieto
March 26, 2021
I was Dr. Arias's patient for 35 years.
I greatly miss Dr. Arias. Dr. Arias had a great deal of intellectual and spiritual depth. Dr. Arias dug deep and the result was a real change. He fostered trust. Dr. Arias was kind, empathetic, and able to show his human side. He could also be tough but always connected. He was not perfect but a very good analyst. He showed his feelings and told stories about his life. He had a good sense of humor. He was a giving person.
After many years I came to appreciate that Dr. Arias was a very religious man. He believed in God and trusted Christ. We talked al lot about Heaven and what it would be like to go to the our reward on the other side. Dr. Arias was comfortable sharing his faith in God (when it came up) and he relied on that faith to give his life purpose and meaning.
Dr. Arias fought the good fight. He finished the race. He kept the faith. I am eternally grateful to him and to God who placed him into my life. God bless Dr. Arias... I know you are smiling right now...
February 7, 2021
As an RN working at Memorial Hospital for many years, I had the pleasure of knowing Dr. Arias. He was kind and respectful to all the other doctors, his patients and the nurses (even when I had to call him in the middle of the night for orders!). I have so much respect for how hard he worked and how dedicated he was to his patients. I feel so sad to hear of his passing because it feels like the end of an era. it feels like a library of valuable books is gone forever, however his memory will live on in the hearts of those who knew him. My deepest condolences to the family.
Cecilia Laude, RN
February 5, 2021
He was my doctor for over 10 years. He was a wonderful, funny, caring man. He always took an extra few minutes to talk if I needed it. He always tried to make me feel better and was just the nicest man. I will definitely miss him and his advice. I'm very sad he's gone. This world definitely lost a really smart and nice guy. Prayers to his family, friends and patients. Fly free Dr. Arias I'm sure your with Shirley now happy together❤ .
January 27, 2021
Dr. Arias was a very thoughtful, kind, and giving person. I had the pleasure of working along aside you and it was a wonderful experience! Thank you for all your help and support. You will truly be remembered! May you rest in peace 🙏
Sending prayers and hugs for the family, my sincere condolences!