Mangulis' Latvian funeral June 4, museum dedication
The Forest "Meza Kapi" Cemetery in Rega, the capital city of Latvia, will be the final resting place for George Mangulis, who dedicated over 50 years of his life to the medical health of Philip area residents.
Mangulis' wife, Rasma Lielmane, will be respectfully honored at the services. She will also be a special guest at the opening of a permanent display destined to be in a future section of the Rega medical museum, the Pauls Stradins Museum of the History of Medicine. Her husband's life history, dedicated to his first country during and immediately after World War II and dedicated since to his second country in the field of family medicine, will be displayed there. According to Lielmane, the museum is the world's second largest medical museum, after the medical museum at the Smithsonian Institute.
Lielmane is asking for friends and past patients of George to please write down stories and remembrances of her husband. Such snippets of his life, and any donated photos, will become part of the museum display. The items should be dropped off at the administration office of the Philip Health Services, Inc. Some people in the area, who were born under Mangulis' care, have also had children born under his care. Some remember that he had made house calls over great distances and in the worst of weather. Some recall his antidotes and stories.
The United States flag, as well as the Latvian flag, still fly over Mangulis' home in Philip.