Dr. Francis Cherian MD.
May 6, 1948 – October 29, 2018
Dr. Francis Cherian was born on May 6, 1948 in the state of Kerala, in the first year of India’s Independence. He emigrated to Bedford, England in 1977 and then on to Bryan, Texas in 1982.
When he arrived in Bryan, he began working as a family physician at the AM/PM Clinic at 3820 N. Texas Avenue. He took over ownership of the clinic in 1984, and with his wife, Dr. Rany Cherian, expanded it to three locations, all on Texas Avenue. He went on to serve as a medical director for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice and in other private sector positions before retiring in 2013.
Francis suffered a stroke on Friday evening playing 56, the card game he loved. And he passed peacefully on Monday, October 29 surrounded by friends and family. Francis joins his brother Aloysius, his parents, P.J. and Eunice Cherian, and his beloved grandparents, Mummy and Daddy (Edward and Beatrice Moses).
His loss was sudden and unexpected. We will miss him terribly.
Francis was a devoted friend, physician, grandfather, card-player, and racetrack bettor, a teller of tall tales and irreverent jokes. He was proud to be an alumnus of Trivandrum Medical College and a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons. The things he chose to do in life, he did with passion and abandon. If he walked into a room of five strangers, he walked out with five pals.
Francis was a man of contradictions. He moved around all his life, from the time he was a child but never had any trouble making himself at home. He always loved his India, but embraced becoming American. A staunch opponent of the death penalty, he was, for several years, the physician for Texas’ death row. He called himself a yellow-dog Democrat but enjoyed being around those who disagreed with him perhaps more than those who shared his views, never missing an opportunity to tease his many conservative friends.
He leaves many fond memories with his wife Rany, son Rajesh (Antony) Cherian and daughter-in-law Betzi Mathew, granddaughters Rekha and Anjali, sister and brother-in-law Geetha and John Manuel, brothers and sisters-in-law Xavier and Pushpa Cherian, Joseph and Annie Cherian, Moses and Lovely Cherian, Sebastian and Lalitha Cherian, many loving nephews and nieces, including Prashant John, Priya Kenny, Arun Cherian, Jeet Cherian, Swaraj Cherian, Kiran Cherian, Rohan Cherian, and Reshma Cherian, and many friends near and far.
Please join us in remembering Francis. A visitation will begin at 6pm today, with the vigil service at 7pm at Callaway-Jones Funeral Center. Funeral Mass will be at 11am tomorrow, Saturday, November 3, at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, followed by a reception. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders.
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