Prof. Dr. Rafael Manuel Pineda, at the request of the dean of the Faculty of Medicine of Rosario at that time, Dr. Juan Pablo Recagno Cepeda, was the first president and organizer of The Medical Sciences Foundation of Rosario, With justice, his name. From the beginning, it took on the challenge of building, projecting and consolidating one of the first foundations of our milieu, both for the works carried out and for the leading role it achieved in the academic, social and political life of its time.
On it he wrote his son-in-law, Roberto I. Tozzini, words that should remain in the memory: "My dear friend Don Roberto Nicholson, asks me some lines to remember the old lion that already rests in his eternal abode. Evoking Rafael Manuel Pineda is a particularly complex task for me because of the limitations imposed on me by my status as a political son and permanent collaborator in his main activity, which was his dear and beloved medical vocation, but I will give lightness to my task, relying on The sentences or paragraphs that some of his distinguished friends pronounced or wrote on the occasion of his ninety years or of the transit to the beyond. "
He said of Muniagurria, as President of the Medical Circle, addressing a multitude of colleagues who paid homage to him: "Son of the city that he loved, doctor always, teacher, president, academic, philosopher, esthete, illustrious citizen. Not many received the tributes he reaped. Not many could say with the tranquility he mentioned: I only have cute memories of life, I forgot the others. "
And Jack Benoliel, a distinguished speaker, journalist and writer, said: "All that we have loved in him, what we have admired in him, remains. Our ideas, our writings, our feelings and actions, and when we fulfilled their young ninety years, humbly accepted the tributes and manifestations of recognition or admiration that arose around them for their vitality and surrender even our dreams, will carry their masterful brand.
Thus passed through life, like a gypsy Quixote that advanced leaving its mark. It demolished many windmills, its passage generated waves and was unsurpassed in its thrust, its enthusiasm, its organizational capacity, its ethical sense and its irreducible optimism. Noble expression of Spanish immigration in our land, was a patriot as the most, founded a magnificent family, exalted the university chair and exercised with devotion and love his medicine. Through his dedication to the Foundry Medical Sciences of Rosario consolidated his deed.
His Catholic convictions were expressed in his service to his neighbor, his social sensitivity and his detachment to all material good. He treasured no fortune but friends and died as he lived, struggling not to lose the quality of life before the inevitable ailments that limited progressively.
Today, from a distance, we remember and we miss a lot. But there is no place for sadness, because those who know him well, we know that from somewhere in the universe, he looks at this note with the mischief in his eyes that characterized him.
His memory inspires him to continue with the Foundation that he founded, promoted, and extolled, in homage to the School of Medicine that developed it and the Centennial Hospital that was his place of work and life, from student to the highest positions Which the Academy granted him.
Houssay used to say that a golden cage, with a sparrow in it, neither shines nor attracts attention, but a wire with a nightingale singing makes everything shine all around.