Resident Spotlight: Humberto Quintana

Posted by Kia Crawford on April 10th, 2013 in Eagles Landing, GA | No Comments

Where did you grow up?
Humberto was born October 26, 1919, in Cayey, Puerto Rico, while his father was in U.S. military. At age 8, Humberto and his family moved to Governor’s Island, New York, where he lived until he went away to college. Humberto had four brothers and one sister, but all of his siblings are now dead. Humberto was an excellent student growing up, attending famous private school
Scarborough. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Williams College and received a master’s degree from Furman University.

What are some of your favorite memories from childhood?
Humberto was an excellent student and received a medal for top academics after 8th grade and Eleanor Roosevelt presented him with the medal of excellence. Humberto states that while living on Governor’s Island he had to travel by ferry daily to attend school in New York City. Humberto was always very active in sports while growing up, playing football, basketball, and baseball.

What are some of your favorite memories from adulthood?Humberto-0271-672x372
Humberto states that U.S. involvement in WWII was just starting as he graduated from college and so he went right into service after college and he met his future wife, Vera Drummond, at Fort Benning, Georgia, where she was an Army nurse. They got married a short time after meeting, but did not see each other for the first two years of marriage while he was in the Army and Vera worked as a nurse. At the end of the war, Humberto moved to South Carolina (where his wife was from) and got a master’s in education. He was married to Vera for 57 years and they were very devoted to each other. They had one child, a daughter, and Humberto has one grandson and three great-grandchildren. Humberto was a couch and teacher in South Carolina for eight years and his football teams were very successful with one team going undefeated and one team winning the state championship.

Did you have a profession?
Humberto was first a teacher and football coach and then he went to work for Burlington Industries for 25 years. He was a corporate vice president when he retired in 1984.

What accomplishment in life do you feel most proud?
Humberto states that he was an excellent student and made good grades and attended a fine private high school in New York and a top private college. He was also very proud of being a high school football coach in South Carolina with the football program doing very well throughout his time there. He also was a big family man who loved his wife of 57 years very much (before she died related to Alzheimer’s in 2001) and very proud of his daughter, grandson and great-grandchildren. Humberto was a family man who loved his family very much.

Is there anything you’ve learned in life you wish to share with someone who is just graduating college?
Humberto states, “You have to take advantage of opportunities you have in life and do your best in order to accomplish what you want to do.”

Is there anything you’ve learned in life you wish to share with someone who is just starting a family?
Humberto states, “Family is the most important thing in life,” and so make your family your priority.

What brought you to Dogwood Forest?
Humberto was living on his own in South Carolina until July 2012 when he moved to Georgia to live with his daughter because he could no longer live alone and take care of himself. He did pretty well at his daughter’s home, but she found that he needed more care and attention than she was able to provide at home. She lives out in the country and Humberto is very active and social and needed to be around more people, and his doctor recommended Dogwood Forest as a good place to reside. Humberto moved to Dogwood Forest Eagles Landing in November 2012 and his daughter states that there has been a period of adjustment, but Humberto seems to be settling in and doing better. He is acclimating to the Stockbridge senior living community and his daughter is happy with the care and treatment he is receiving.