Dr. José Enrique Torres, a longtime resident of New Orleans, born on January 11, 1922, in Villahermosa, Mexico, passed away on Friday, April 22, 2022, at the age of 100 in Baton Rouge. He was predeceased by the love of his life, Lois Rita Muller of New Orleans, their daughter Giselle Marie Torres, his parents, Epaminondas Torres Solís of Nicaragua and Esperanza Morales Boylan of Mexico, and his sister, Judith Maria Doubleday of Dallas. With a childhood spent throughout the countries of coastal Central America, Dr. Torres came to New Orleans as a young man where he graduated from Alcée Fortier High School and rose to prominence as a long practicing and lecturing OB/GYN at many local area hospitals and LSU Medical School, class of 1955, where he delivered and treated countless New Orleanians and guided the careers of countless physicians as Professor Emeritus, Dept OB/GYN LSUHSC-NO. A proud Fighting Tiger, Dr. Torres attended LSU in Baton Rouge until he enlisted in the U.S. Navy to serve his country in WWII in the Medical Corps. Following his service he returned to LSU to complete his undergraduate degree and embark on the career path influenced by his Navy experience. He was Board Certified by the American Board of OB/GYN and held additional certification in Cervicography and Colposcopy and was a Fellow with the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ACOG). He was a pioneer in the treatment of cervical cancer by CO2 laser and was a Founding Member of the American Society of Colposcopy and Cervical Pathology (ASCCP), Founding Member of the Gynecologic Laser Society and Member of the International Society of Colposcopy and Cervical Pathology. He was a past President of the American Cancer Society of New Orleans, and enjoyed fulfilling his many appointments on medical boards, for medical journals as editor and author, and as guest lecturer and course director and visiting professor at medical schools both nationally and abroad. An avid storyteller, often regaling his family with the legends of banana battles on the beaches of his youth and his freediving excursions fending off barracuda and discovering sunken Spanish gold in the depths of the Caribbean, Dr. Torres is survived by his four daughters, Allison Torres Wisener (Michael), Maria Esperanza Torres, Elizabeth Ann Torres Brown, and Michelle Alexandra Torres, five grandchildren Todd W Brown (Mercy), T Joseph Wisener, Garrett W Brown, William C Wisener, and Claire C Brown, and two great-grandchildren, both recently born in the care of one of his students. Stalwart in his faith, he was a devout member of the Catholic Church and served as a Eucharistic minister in his local dioceses for many years. The family would like to express deep gratitude to the staff at St. James Place in Baton Rouge, especially Ms. Orelea and Ms. Denise; Caring Companions, especially Sharon, Renee, Christy, Jessica, and Cynthia; and Hospice of Baton Rouge, especially Suzie and Crystal. A funeral mass will be held at Jacob Schoen and Son Funeral Home, 3827 Canal St., New Orleans, LA 70119, at 1:30 PM on Friday, April 29th. Visitation will begin at Noon. There will be a reception in the Iberville Room on the second floor of the funeral home building following mass. To view and sign the virtual register book, please visit schoenfh.com.
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