Pioneering ophthalmologist Dr. Richard Ruiz dies at 89
Dr. Richard Ruiz envisioned being a doctor since he was a child, his family said. But no one could have predicted that he would leave a legacy as a visionary and leading ophthalmologist in hospitals and universities in Houston before dying at 89 this week.
Born in Galveston and raised in Houston, Richard S. Ruiz went on to become one of the most respected doctors in his field during his more than half-century career. He was the founding chairman of the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Science at the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston since it was established in 1972 and for the next 40 years. He also played leadership roles at what is now Memorial Hermann Hospital, where he established the Hermann Eye Fund, which offered care for underserved patients as well as funding for research and training.