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Laurel in Prince George's County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

An Angel Among US

February 28, 1922 - February 14, 2006

 
 
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By Allen C. Browne, November 15, 2014
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Inscription. Dr. Luis M. Arbona stepped through the doors of Reality in 1972 as its medical director. Often described as "not of this planet," he rose from humble beginnings in rural Utuado, Puerto Rico to become a gifted and pioneering physician and humanitarian. At age six, he lost his father to tuberculosis, and helped to feed the family by sweeping floors for twenty-five cents per week and later making furniture. He decided that healing the sick was the most noble thing he could do, and never waivered from following his dream.

Dr. Arbona's distinguished career evolved from surgeon and general practitioner to psychiatrist, and took him from Mexico to New York, Maryland and Washington, DC. Seeing the devastating effects of substance abuse and mental illness on families and communities, he dedicated his life to improving mental health and relieving the suffering caused by addiction. He was recognized among his peers for his tenacity, intelligence, teaching ability, innate assessment skills and deep insight. He broke barriers as a vice chief of Prince Georges Hospital, challenging old stigmas of both psychiatry and alcoholism, and founding Maryland's first public alcoholic treatment unit. Known for his remarkable bedside manner, he saw his patients as people with value, rather than as disease entities. In his twenty years at Reality House,
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By Allen C. Browne, November 15, 2014
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he transformed many lives, helping all who crossed his path. His motto was to "Always Give Hope." Dr. Luis Arbona was a shining ray of light, whose tireless service, generosity of spirit and compassion are truly a gift to humanity. In memoriam, we thank him.
 
Erected 2006.
 
Location. 39° 6.404′ N, 76° 50.959′ W. Marker is in Laurel, Maryland, in Prince George's County. Marker can be reached from Main Street, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 419 Main Street, Laurel MD 20707, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. First United Methodist Church of Laurel (within shouting distance of this marker); St. Philip's Episcopal Church (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); A “Little Dam” Powers the Avondale Mill (about 800 feet away); Site of Laurel's Civil War Hospital (approx. 0.2 miles away); Patuxent River (approx. 0.2 miles away); Avondale Mill (approx. 0.2 miles away); Avondale Mill: A Lost Treasure (approx. 0.2 miles away); Riverfront Park (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Laurel.
 
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An Angel Among US Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, November 15, 2014
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An Angel Among US image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, November 15, 2014
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Close-up of Image of Dr. Luis Arbona on the marker
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By Allen C. Browne, November 15, 2014
5. Hope House
Hope House<br>Formerly Reality House image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, November 15, 2014
6. Hope House
Formerly Reality House
419 Main Street
Site 22, c. 1860 Laurel Walking Tour image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, November 15, 2014
7. Site 22, c. 1860 Laurel Walking Tour
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 16, 2014, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 267 times since then and 33 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on November 16, 2014, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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