The San Diego Union-Tribune,
BAJO, MICHAEL DAVID
M.D., (Miso) Michael David Bajo was born in East Chicago, Indiana, September
8, 1919, to Slovak immigrant parents. He graduated with honors from St.
Procopius University (now Benedectine University), where he starred in
basketball and baseball.
Michael was drafted and signed by the Chicago White Sox Baseball Club
in 1941. He played professional ball at Waterloo, Iowa, in the III league.
His love of medicine called Michael to Loyola Medical School in Chicago,
Illinois, where he graduated with an M.D. in 1944 in the midst of World
War II as a naval officer. Dr. Bajo served as medical officer for the
destroyer USS Dobbins, caring for the wounded soldiers in the Pacific
theater during WWII.
After the war, he was stationed in San Diego, and continued his medical
training at Mercy Hospital. There he met his future wife Sarah, a nurse
at Mercy. Together they moved to San Ysidro in 1948 to start a much needed
medical practice in an underserved community.
For many years, Dr. Bajo was the only physician in San Ysidro, caring
for patients on both sides of the border. Dr. Bajo practiced as a General
Practitioner, and a skillful physician and surgeon. Michael Bajo's medical
office was open to all and he would sometimes accept payment in the form
of chickens or produce. He was always available for his patients, often
making night time house calls.
Dr. Bajo specialized in Obstetrics, delivering more than 11,000 babies.
He was a highly respected staff member of Scripps and Sharp Chula Vista
hospitals, and a pillar of the medical community.
In 1988, Dr. Bajo was honored as San Diego Physician of the Year. He retired
after 52 years of medical service. Michael and Sarah Bajo raised their
15 children on their ranch in the Palm City area of San Diego.
He was a loving and devoted husband, father, and grandfather. Michael
Bajo was a faithful parishioner of St. Charles Catholic Church, and a
strong supporter of Marian and Mater Dei High Schools. He passed away
peacefully at his home on September 26, 2008 surrounded by his family.
He is survived by his wife of 62 years Sarah; sister Elizabeth Coolidge;
brother Joseph Bajo; his 15 children, Sarah Warren, Susanne Town, Stephen
Bajo, Michael Bajo, Philip Bajo, Mary Reardon, Elizabeth Kinsley, Theresa
Gautille, Anne Bajo, David Bajo, John Bajo, Joseph Bajo, Martie Kelly,
Rachel Boswell, and Ruth Bajo-Smith; his 41 grandchildren, and his six
In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions be made to Birthline,
1220 3rd Ave., Chula Vista, CA 91910, (619) 425-5012.
Services will be held at St. Charles Catholic Church in Imperial Beach,
Rosary at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, September 30, 2008. Funeral Mass at 11 a.m.
on Wednesday, October 1, 2008.