In memoriam—Trini Briano
Trini Briano—July 9, 1919 to February 11, 2006
Trini Briano, a longtime dental school employee, was recognized for his service during the School of Dentistry commencement ceremony in 2002. Congratulating Mr. Briano is, from left, Charles Goodacre, DDS, MSD, dean, School of Dentistry; B. Lyn Behrens, MBBS, president, Loma Linda University; and Richard Hart, MD, DrPH, chancellor, Loma Linda University.
On Saturday, February 18, members of the School of Dentistry faculty, staff, and students gathered to honor and remember Trini Briano, building supervisor for the housekeeping service. Mr. Briano had served the dental school for 18 years.
Mr. Briano was born July 9, 1919, in Tulare, California. He worked as a grape picker in central California when he was inducted into the service, serving in World War II as a medic. During his service, he was awarded many medals, including the Purple Heart. His life was spared on two occasions—once while taking care of a wounded soldier he looked up to see a Japanese soldier pointing a gun at him. Mr. Briano did not bear arms, and closed his eyes to pray. When he opened his eyes the soldier was gone. On another occasion he and a friend were on leave and ventured into a part of the city where he later learned American soldiers had been killed. An American officer approached them and said it was not safe. After walking beside them and guiding them to a safer spot, they turned to thank him, and he was gone.
Upon returning to the U.S., Mr. Briano married the love of his life, Maria Ruth Rincon, on October 27, 1938. He worked for Loma Linda Food company until it closed and then began working for the School of Dentistry until he retired 18 years later, at age 85. On May 26, 2002, he was given the School Distinguished Service Award during School of Dentistry commencement ceremonies.
He was a member of the Campus Hill Seventh-day Adventist Church, and he gave Bible studies throughout the Inland Empire.
He loved his work and fellow staff, and one of his fondest memories was traveling to Argentina with dental students, translating for them. His wife, Maria, had recently passed away and the service learning trip provided him with meaning and hope. “The students,” remembers his daughter, Elizabeth Briano-Stevens, “had divided themselves into groups to assist him during the trip, but they found it challenging to keep up with him.” Upon his return, he shared photos and stories from the trip with everyone he knew.
He is survived by his sister and brother: Margaret Ordenez and Manueal Briano; daughters Elizabeth Briano-Stevens and Kathleen Taves; grandsons: Jonathan Briano, Marc Carbajal, and Matthew Taves; granddaughters: Gia Carbajal-Garcia and Keren Castro; and great-grandchildren: Samantha Carbajal-Renteria, Lucas Taves, Carlos Garcia, and Ayranna Carbajal; and many nieces and nephews.
By Nancy Yuen