Dr. Timothy N. Caris, age 92, died Monday, November 9, 2015 in San Antonio. He was born in Akron, Ohio on November 1, 1923.
Tim had a passion for medicine and teaching, and over a long medical career he touched the lives of many. In 1942, Tim attended Ohio State University where he enlisted in the Army and was accepted into the Army Specialized Training Program – an elite college program designed to train professionals for the war effort. This demanding accelerated program propelled Tim through his undergraduate and medical education in only five years. World War II ended in 1945 and Tim was released from the Army. On VJ Day, he married Ann Manuras – a bright, vivacious art student who would become the wind beneath his wings for over 70 years. In 1948, he moved his wife and baby daughter to a small town in rural Ohio to set up a general practice of medicine.
In 1951, Tim was recalled into military service as part of a national effort to bolster forces for the Korean conflict. He accepted a regular commission as an officer in the United States Air Force, and began a distinguished military career that would span two decades. During his last ten years in the military, Tim rose through the ranks to become one of the Air Force's top cardiologists. With the goal of keeping pilots and their crews healthy and able to fly, Tim worked on developing methods for detecting silent heart disease early and for treating hypertension without medication.
Tim retired from the Air Force in 1970 (at the rank of Colonel) and joined the Department of Medicine at the University of Texas Medical School at San Antonio. In addition to his role as teacher and clinician, he played a key role in administration and continuing medical education. When he retired in 1986, he was Professor of Medicine and Acting Dean of the medical school. He authored four books on hypertension and as Professor Emeritus he continued teaching, lecturing and writing for some years.
Dr. Timothy Caris was preceded in death by his parents, Nick and Mary Carris; his beloved wife, Ann Caris; brother, John Carris; and sister, Velma Slayman. He is survived by his daughter, Nina Caris-Underwood and son-in law, Harold T. Underwood, numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
He will forever be remembered as a loving, devoted husband, father, father-in-law, uncle, mentor and friend.
With heartfelt gratitude and love we want to thank Silvia Saravia, Alejandra Martinez, Fabiola Esquivel and Ester Hernandez for their devoted and compassionate care of our beloved father.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Sophia Greek Orthodox Church.