Dr. Cleomenes Generales
Dr. Cleomenes Angelo Demosthenes Generales was born March 6, 1922, in Lowell, Massachusetts. He was the youngest of four children: his brothers Tino and Minos, and his sister Ellie.
Dr. Generales was not compelled to be a doctor based on his own father’s established history in the same profession. At age eight, he saved his family’s cat from nearly choking on a chicken bone. He then decided to become a doctor.
He held onto his dreams while coming of age during the Great Depression. At age ten, Dr. Generales’ family lost their house. His father was self-employed, but not enough patients could afford to pay their medical bills for his family to keep the house.
Despite the inherent financial difficulty of growing up in the Depression, his revelation of becoming a doctor stuck with Dr. Generales through preparatory French school, to become Valedictorian of his class, and then through Columbia University. After only a year of studies, as World War II heightened, the Army took over the scholarly process. He marched to class and received highest marks under the Army’s accelerated track, as they needed doctors for the war effort. With only a week’s break between semesters, Dr. Generales marched to class at six in the morning every day, receiving his undergraduate and medical degrees from Columbia in six years.
Following the end of World War II, 1st Lieutenant Dr. Generales drove his convertible Pontiac cross-country, looking for work. His journey led him to Olive View Medical Center in Sylmar, where he was in charge of the T.B. wards.
Dr. Generales split his time working in the office and making house calls. On a house call for a woman in Toluca Lake, he met his patient’s niece, his future wife, Penelope. They married on April 25, 1953, and had two sons, John and Peter.
Dr. Generales and his wife Penny moved to Toluca Lake to raise their family, where every day, he would walk with his medical bag to his private practice at 10137 Riverside Dr.
As a family physician, he devoted his life to serving others. He retired fairly early, but still worked part-time in his office. His family was the most important thing in his life.
Dr. Generales died the night of Dec. 31, 2012, amongst members of his family in Providence St. Joseph Medical Center, one of the hospitals in which he worked for over forty years.
In Toluca Lake, he is survived by his son Peter Generales, wife Sylvia, and grandchildren Nicholas and Markos. In Del Mar, he is also survived by his son John Generales, wife Arlene, and granddaughter Christina.
Services were held at St. Nicholas Church, Northridge, at 11 a.m. on Jan. 7. Dr. Generales was laid to rest with his wife Penelope at Forest Lawn Hollywood Hills Memorial Park.
Donations may be made to Providence St. Joseph Medical Center in Burbank on his behalf.