- The Washington Times - Monday, October 4, 2004

Guillermo Garcia, 74, surgeon, Army colonel

Guillermo Garcia-Guerrero, a surgeon and retired Army colonel, died Aug. 14 of a hemorrhagic stroke at Bethesda Naval Hospital. He was 74.

Dr. Garcia was born in Santa Marta, Colombia. He graduated from the Universidad Nacional de Colombia in Bogota and received his medical degree in 1956.

In 1959, he came to the United States with his wife to start his medical residence at St. Francis Hospital in Miami. He was drafted into the Army in 1962.

Dr. Garcia served in Vietnam and eventually moved to the Potomac area.

He completed his residency in 1970 at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in the District.

From 1970 to 1974, he was chief of surgery at 5th General Hospital in Bad Canstatt, Germany. From 1974 to 1977, he was chief of surgery at Martin Army Community Hospital at Fort Benning, Ga. From 1977 to 1980, he was assistant chief of surgery at Walter Reed. In 1977, he completed a fellowship in head and neck surgery at Walter Reed and in 1980 he became a fellow of the American College of Surgeons. From 1980 to 1983, he was chief of surgery at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Landstuhl, Germany. From 1983 to 1985, he was chief of surgery at Kimbrough Hospital at Fort Meade, Md. He also was on the teaching staff at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda.

He retired from military service in 1985.

He continued to practice medicine and was chief of surgery with Kaiser Permanente in Northern Virginia and chief of staff at Fairfax Hospital before joining Aramco in 1988. He served as chief of surgery for King Fahad Hospital in Saudi Arabia, until the summer of 1991, when he returned to Potomac and began his retirement.

His retirement was filled with his love of music, history, theater and travel. He and his wife took trips in the United States, South America, Europe, the Caribbean and Asia.

Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Helena Garcia of Potomac; three sons, Guillermo E. Garcia of Orlando, Fla., Roberto J. Garcia of Oslo, and Leonardo Garcia of Bethesda; and two grandchildren.

Interment with military honors will be at Arlington National Cemetery at 10:45 a.m. Thursday. A memorial Mass will be held at 7 p.m. Friday in the chapel at Bethesda National Naval Medical Center.

Billy A. Franklin, 62,private investigator

Private investigator Billy A. Franklin, a vocal detractor of former Virginia Sen. Charles S. Robb, died Oct. 2 at his home in Virginia Beach after a long illness. He was 62.

Mr. Franklin’s 1991 book, “Tough Enough,” was the product of his two-year investigation of Mr. Robb, a Democrat, when he was governor.

Among other things, it tied Mr. Robb to cocaine parties in Virginia Beach during his gubernatorial term from 1982 to 1986. The charges became fodder for Mr. Robb’s political opponents.

Mr. Robb denied the finding and threatened to sue Mr. Franklin, but never did.

“There’s only one reason he didn’t sue, and it’s because everything in there was 100 percent true,” Mr. Franklin said in 1994.

Mr. Franklin did sue Mr. Robb in 1993 for $3.5 million, saying that Mr. Robb smeared and threatened him. The lawsuit accused the Robb campaign and political associates of recording his private cellular telephone calls in 1988, circulating the tape, intimidating Mr. Franklin and driving away his business.

At the time, Mr. Franklin was investigating rumors — never independently substantiated — that Mr. Robb used drugs, had sexual affairs and associated with drug dealers and prostitutes while he was governor.

A federal investigation did discover that Robb supporters and one of Mr. Robb’s attorneys used campaign money to buy Mr. Franklin’s phone records and falsely reported the nature of the payment.

Mr. Franklin dropped the lawsuit without explanation in 1994.

Mr. Franklin, a native of Chula Vista, Calif., founded and was president of Franklin Security Systems of Norfolk and also founded the Virginia School of Polygraph, where he served as director for 34 years.

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