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Joseph Francis Maguire; Retired Physician

July 21, 1999

Joseph Francis Maguire, a retired physician, died at his home Monday. He was 86.

Maguire was born Feb. 13, 1913, in Manchester, Conn. He graduated from UCLA in 1935 and attended medical school at USC, graduating in 1939.

Maguire moved to Ventura and began his residency at Ventura County Hospital. It was there that he met an X-ray technician, who the next year became his wife.

Maguire joined the Army and served in the Pacific during World War II. He participated in the island campaigns of Kwajalein and Leyte.

After the war, Maguire returned to Ventura as a civilian general practitioner.

In 1956, he continued his military career as a colonel in the Army Reserve Medical Corps and organized a hospital unit in Ventura.

Maguire received the Meritorious Service Award and retired from the Army in 1973. Two years later, he retired from medicine.

Maguire was a member of the Ventura Model Railroad Club, the Ventura County Medical Society and the Ventura County Historical Society. He was a founding member of the Ventura County Model A Club and was active throughout his life as an Eagle Scout.

Maguire was a parishioner and usher at Our Lady of Assumption Catholic Church in Ventura.

Maguire is survived by his wife of 58 years, Becky; sons George of Ojai, Mike of Oklahoma City, Tom of the Netherlands and Bill of Ventura; a sister, Wilma F. Spiegel of Ventura; and 11 grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to a favorite charity.

Visitation will be from 2 to 7 p.m. today at the Joseph P. Reardon Funeral Chapel in Ventura. Services are scheduled at 9:45 a.m. Thursday at Our Lady of Assumption Church, with Father George Reynolds officiating. Private burial will be at Ivy Lawn Cemetery in Ventura.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Joseph P. Reardon Funeral Home.

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