Dr. Alberto Santos Armas, 89, of Barrington, died peacefully at home, September 12,2020. He was the devoted husband of Nancy (Cook); loving father of 5 children; Andrew (Eileen) Armas, Burlington, CT; Amy (Michael) Wlodek, Cary, IL; Mary (Matthew) Quillin, Parshall, ND; Christopher (Jennie) Armas, Granada Hills, CA; and Annie (Kevin) Pakkala, Henderson, NV. Adoring grandfather of 11, Thomas, Allison, Cosette, Alec, Michael, Cole, Ethan, Corinne, Logan, Isabel, Owen. Uncle to many nieces and nephews.
Dr. Armas was preceded in death by his parents, Angel and Adelaida de Armas, Sagua La Grande, Cuba; brothers, Angel, Armando (Lachi), Alejandro (Pepe); and sister, Adelaida (Nena).
Alberto was surrounded by his wife of almost 59 years and his children when he breathed his last. Always instilling the value that family comes first, he passed away covered by pictures of those he cherished most. Alberto was born in Sagua La Grande, Cuba, 2nd oldest of5 children. He was educated at the prestigious preparatory school Colegio de Belen and continued his education at the University of Havana, achieving his Doctorate of Medicine degree. He came to the US in 1957 after he received an internship at Columbus Hospital, Chicago. He then pursued his residency at Cook County Hospital in Pediatrics where he was awarded a fellowship in Pediatric Neurology.
It was at Cook County Hospital that he met a pretty nursing student and quickly fell in love. Alberto and Nancy met and married in less than a year on October 21, 1961. He became a naturalized citizen in 1964, with a deep love for this country. Alberto and Nancy continued to work together at County until he began his Pediatric practice, becoming the first pediatrician in the then new suburb of Schaumburg. He built a successful Pediatric practice and was awarded esteemed positions of President of the Staff at St. Alexian Brothers Hospital and Chairman of Pediatrics at Humana Hospital. Never one to stop achieving, he became an Associate Professor of Medicine at Loyola Medical Center, Emergency Physician at Condell Hospital and Urgent Care Physician at MedFirst Clinics. There’s no way to number the multitude of children and families he cared for as a physician in the Chicagoland area.
As a devoted father, Alberto built a loving home for his 5 children. He was always reminding his children that he came to this country with only “$40 in his back pocket” so they would forever remember they could become anything they wanted to. He urged them to get as much education as possible, study very hard, and he provided them with those opportunities, creating a precedent that continues today to his grandchildren. Alberto and Nancy moved to Tucson, AZ in 1993 where they enjoyed the southwest winters and Alberto continued work in Occupational Medicine. When they became empty nesters, they moved closer to family and new grandchildren, beginning in Las Vegas until his retirement and eventually coming full circle back to Barrington. Alberto's last years were spent with Nancy traveling to see family, continuing their love of new and curious places to visit, never stopping even after he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease. Alberto was determined to be a part of every moment of life. His loving wife cared for him at home until his final breath. Alberto had a deep faith in God since his youth and had full confidence in his eternal home with Christ.
Private service was held with immediate family. A celebration of life will be scheduled in the future for friends and family. Please consider honoring the life of Alberto Armas with a donation gift to JourneyCare Hospice of Barrington or the Parkinson’s Foundation.
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