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Dr. Romeo I. Santos, 64, of Orlando, Fla., a former outpatient staff psychiatrist at Buffalo Psychiatric Center, died Saturday (Oct. 27, 2001) in Sand Lake Hospital, Orlando, after a lengthy illness.

Born in Manila, Philippines, he was a graduate of Manila Central University and came to the United States in 1963 to serve his internship in North Carolina. He took a residency in surgery in Williamsport, Pa.

He then began a psychiatry residency at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ont., and completed his training in St. Louis. He became the first director of the Southeast Missouri Mental Health Center.

After the death of his son, Romeo Jr., in an auto accident in 1978, he moved his family to the Buffalo area and worked at Buffalo Psychiatric Center for more than 20 years, retiring in April.

He also served as an emergency room physician at various area hospitals and was vice president of the Twin City Physicians Group.

After he became a U.S. citizen in 1981, Santos served in the Army Reserve and retired as a lieutenant colonel. He was a devoted member of the Iglesia ni Cristo, serving as deacon and on several church committees.

A former Williamsville resident, he maintained a second home in Orlando and moved there in June.

Surviving are his wife of 44 years, the former Norma Deveraturda, and two daughters, Dr. Elizabeth J. of Buffalo and E. Jewel of Orlando, Fla.

Services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday in Woodlawn Memorial Park, Orlando. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery, Orlando.


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