Gerald Eugene Maguire

July 5, 1928 ~ July 3, 2022 (age 93)


Gerald Eugene Maguire was born in Sioux Falls, South Dakota on July 5, 1928 as the
only child to Irby Augustine Maguire and Louise Cecile Maguire (née Fogarty). He was raised in
Minneapolis, Minnesota and would spend summers in Ellsworth on the family farm. He passed
away from natural causes at age 93 on July 3, 2022, on his 68th wedding anniversary, just two
days shy of his 94th birthday.
Gerald attended the University of Minnesota and received his Bachelor's degree in
Anthropology within three years. He matriculated immediately to the University of Minnesota
Medical School, where he graduated with his medical degree in 1953. In the same year as
earning his MD, he moved from Minneapolis to Sacramento, California, for his internship at
Sacramento County Hospital. At this time, he met his future wife Marie Antoinette Maguire (née
DeFazio), a nurse at the same hospital. He was captivated by her beauty and fell in love with
her kind heart and impeccable Italian cooking. It was during this internship that he discovered
his passion for mental health advocacy. After completing his internship, he and Marie married
on July 3, 1954 at the St. Mary's Catholic Church in Sacramento.
Gerald served in the Air Force as a flight surgeon from 1954 to 1956, for which he was
stationed first at Daegu and then Seoul in Korea. Later, he was then transferred to the March Air
Force Base in Riverside, California. During this time, he realized the importance of
understanding the human condition and chose to pursue a career in Psychiatry. In 1956, he
began his Psychiatric residency with the first two years at Camarillo State Hospital in Ventura
County and the final third year at Mount Sinai Hospital in Beverly Hills and completed residency
in 1959.
Similar to Henry David Thoreau, Gerald was always captivated by the tranquility
provided by the calming woods and gushing water in the rivers and lakes present in both
Minnesota and Northern California. He always wanted a house situated near running water
along with a pond, and so he constructed what he envisioned as his dream home in the town of
Paradise in 1961 where he resided until the Camp Fire of 2018 and rebuilt in 2021.

After completing his residency in Los Angeles, Gerald and his family moved to Chico,
where he began his pioneering work in community mental health. Being an early champion for
the humane treatment of those suffering from serious mental illness, he created novel means of
caring for our underserved. Gerald developed the first ever Psychiatric Health Facility (or PHF)
which are now widely utilized in providing psychiatric inpatient care in a non-hospital setting.
Gerald developed the community mental health programs in Butte and Glenn Counties which
served as models for others throughout the state. He also spent time in Sacramento at the State
of California level modernizing community based mental health care. Dr. Maguire was active in
the State Conference of Mental Health Directors, where he was elected president in 1978 and
remained a member for sixteen years. Always a champion for our underserved mental health
community, as recently as last year, Dr. Maguire met with lawmakers, Assemblymember James
Gallagher, Assemblymember José Medina and Mayor Darrell Steinberg to share his vision for
solving the community crisis of homelessness. Along with his youngest child, Gerald Anthony
Maguire, he worked with University of California, Irvine in bringing novel research therapies for
Alzheimer's, Schizophrenia and Stuttering. In addition, Gerald continued to work for Butte
County Behavioral Health up until the end of 2018. Towards the end of his career as a
physician, a particularly important matter to him was the impact from the Campfire on the people
affected in Paradise.
Apart from his career, Gerald was a wonderful father and loving grandfather. He was
always fond of going on long hikes, and always learning new things. Not only was he a well-
driven and successful man, but he also led a life with strong morals and conviction and always
hoped to improve the status of humankind--especially those in our community suffering from
mental illness. However, he was not one to take himself too seriously, even though his merits
warranted such; he enjoyed writing songs about his children and life experiences, and he was
known for his quirky and dry sense of humor.

Gerald was preceded in passing by his eldest son, Charles, and he is survived by his
wife Marie, his four children Louise, John, Michael, and Gerald, his eight grandchildren
Jeanette, Gus, Michael, Christina, Theresa, Anna, Angeline, and Kim, and his two great
grandchildren, Amelia and Lily.

A funeral service will be held on Saturday, July 9th, 2022, at 3pm at the Saint Thomas More Catholic Church in Paradise.

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Funeral Service
July 9, 2022

3:00 PM
Saint Thomas More Catholic Church

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