Rafael F. Madan, oral surgeon

November 12, 2012

Rafael F. Madan, 82, an oral surgeon who retired in 1994 after practicing in Virginia for more than 30 years, died Oct. 31 at his home in Oakton.

He had lung and liver cancer as well as heart ailments, said his son Rafael Madan.

Dr. Madan had a private practice in Fairfax City from 1962 until the late 1980s. Starting in the late 1970s, he also worked as an associate with Sterling Dental Center. He practiced at the former Reston Dental Arts Center from 1990 until his retirement in 1994.

In his retirement, he taught catechism at St. Leo the Great Catholic Church in Fairfax and wrote a Spanish-language catechetical dictionary.

Rafael Fernando Madan was born in Havana and was a 1947 graduate of Havana’s De La Salle College. He received a dental degree from the University of Havana in 1952 and completed post-graduate work in 1954 at Tufts University in Medford, Mass. He settled in Fairfax County in 1961.

In the late 1970s and early 1980s, Dr. Madan and his wife directed and participated in missionary trips during which they provided free oral surgery and conducted educational workshops, his family said. Their children established the Rafael Madan and Lilian Casas Foundation in 2003 to provide grants for building schools in Africa and other charitable purposes.

In 2002, the Vatican conferred the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem on Dr. Madan and on his wife.

He was a past board president of the Hispanic Committee of Virginia, a nonprofit community service organization. His memberships included the Knights of Columbus and Agrupacion Catolica Universitaria, a Hispanic Catholic organization.

He enjoyed painting, and his artwork was displayed at local exhibits.

Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Lilian Casas Madan of Oakton; 10 children, María Fleury, Gisela Trujillo, Cecilia Madan, Rafael A. Madan, Ramon Madan, Alicia Salas and Amando Madan, all of Oakton, Lilian Gamble of Manassas, Alina Madan of Miami and Francisco Madan of Arlington; 20 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

— Megan McDonough

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