Chalon Rodriguez, 92, a urologist who retired in 1992 as a lead urologist at the Food and Drug Administration, where he reviewed medical devices and treatments, died Feb. 20 of congestive heart failure at his home in Springfield.
A daughter, Berthica Rodriguez-McCleary, confirmed the death.
From 1965 until joining the FDA in 1979, Dr. Rodriguez managed a private urology practice in Arlington County. He was also an associate professor of urology at George Washington University’s medical school from 1968 to 1975.
Chalon Rodriguez Salinas was born in Remedios, Cuba. He received a medical degree from the University of Havana’s medical school in 1943 and specialized in urology. He chaired the urology department at a hospital in Cuba and a veteran’s hospital in Brecksville, Ohio, before moving to the Washington area in 1962. He became a U.S. citizen in the late 1960s.
Dr. Rodriguez was a fellow of the International College of Surgeons and a past vice president of the Pan American Medical Society. He also played violin in a number of Northern Virginia orchestras from 1964 until 2008, most recently the McLean Symphony, and co-founded the Pre-Columbian Society of Washington in 1993. He volunteered with exhibits on pre-Columbian culture and art at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History.
He lived in Rockville and Falls Church before moving to Springfield in the late 1990s.
His wife of 59 years, Isabel Hernandez Miranda Rodriguez, died in 2003. Survivors include three children, Richard Rodriguez and Elena Rodriguez, both of Arlington, and Berthica Rodriguez-McCleary of Purcellville; a brother; and four grandchildren.