Dr. Richard "Buddy" Martorell
September 26, 1926 – March 13, 2019
Dr. Richard “Buddy” Martorell, 92, passed away on Wednesday, March 13, 2019 at the age of 92, while in hospice care. He was born September 26, 1926 in Tampa, Florida, son of Abelardo Martorell M.D. and Cecilia S. Martorell. In February of 1949, he married Rhoda F. Knight, Daughter of Peter O. Knight Jr. and Girlie Knight.
Buddy attended Wilson Jr High, Plant High School, Suwanee Military Academy, followed by Duke University, Tulane University, and graduated from the University of Tennessee Medical School in 1948. After his internship at Cook County Hospital in Chicago and Grady Hospital in Atlanta, he joined the U.S. Air Force and served as a Captain in an Air Force “MASH” hospital during the Korean War.
Buddy conducted his general surgery private practice from 1956-1972, and was an emergency physician at University Community (Advent) and Memorial Hospitals from 1975 - 1985. He was professor of Surgery, and member of the founding faculty at the University of South Florida College of Medicine.
His professional memberships included: The American College of Surgeons, Southern Surgical Assoc., Florida Medical Assoc., Hillsborough Co. Medical Assoc., Southeastern Surgical Congress, American College of Emergency Physicians, James D. Rives Surgical Society, 38th Parallel Medical Society in Korea, and the Royal Society of Health, England.
He was a member of Tampa Yacht and Country Club, University Club of Tampa, Palma Ceia Golf and County Club, Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla, and Baker Street Irregulars.
Buddy was an excellent golfer and avid tennis player. He was a skilled pianist who, with Rhoda enjoyed Dixieland jazz, and barbershop quartet singing. Together they took pleasure in many hobbies including: travel, Arabian and thoroughbred horse racing, collecting antique automobiles, and spending their summers in Highlands, NC.
Buddy is survived by daughter Rhoda, “Tootie”, sons Richard Jr. (Patricia), Knight, grandchildren: Laurence Secrest (Jennifer), Peter Wally, Colin Martorell, great grandchildren: Sarah, Jonathan Secrest, as well as, beloved nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held on Thursday, March 21, 2019 at St. Andrews Episcopal Church, 10:00 AM with Reverend John Reese presiding. There will be a celebration of life following at Palma Ceia Golf & Country Club. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The Humane Society of Tampa, or the Mary Lee's House. www.blountcurrymacdill.com
- Buddy is survived by daughter Rhoda, “Tootie”, sons Richard Jr. (Patricia), Knight, grandchildren: Laurence Secrest (Jennifer), Peter Wally, Colin Martorell, great grandchildren: Sarah, Jonathan Secrest, as well as, beloved nieces and nephews.
St. Andrew's Episcopal Church
509 E. Twiggs Street
Dr. Richard "Buddy" Martorell
March 16, 2019
I worked with Dick in the emergency department for the years we were partners there when it was “Franklin, Favata, Hulls and Martorell “.
He was a great physician, dedicated , ethical and always always distinguished.
I enjoyed his sense of humor and his constant smile.
In the later years I would ride my bike past his river home as we both lived in Temple Terrace. On a couple of occasions I went to the door and he would be playing the piano for no one but himself (and perhaps for his departed love).
He would show me his antique autos and he especially loved his London taxi.
There are only fond memories of Doc Martorell .