Doctor Carlos López Somolinos
He was born in Loíza Aldea on December 14, 1926 on a large farm on the banks of the Gran Río de Loíza called La Virginia. His father died when he was still a child and his widowed mother moved to Santurce to offer a better education to her four boys and one daughter. Later, the family moved to Mayagüez so that his sons could study at the Colegio de Agricultura y Artes Mecánicas de Mayagüez (RUM), where Carlos graduated with a degree in Agronomy.
In 1950, he arrived in Jayuya to work in the Agricultural Extension Department. In that town, he met his future wife, Olga Atienza Nicolau, whom he married in 1954. After two years, he decides to continue with his great dream of becoming a doctor, so he gets a scholarship and moves with his family to Santiago de Compostela, Spain, where they stay for 6 years. There, his third son was born. Back in Puerto Rico, he did his internship at the Rio Piedras Medical Center, and from there he moved to Harvard University in Boston to begin his studies in Ophthalmology.