Ambrosio Rodriguez
Ambrosio Rodriguez
  • May 23, 1940 - May 12, 2017
  • Thousand Oaks, California

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Ambrosio Rodriguez, also known as Ambrose, of Thousand Oaks, California, passed away at Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center in Thousand Oaks at 8:43pm on Friday, May 12th, 2017. He was 76 years old. He was surrounded by his wife, children and grandchildren.
Ambrose was born in Pueblo, Colorado on May 23rd, 1940, to Pablo and Refugio Rodriguez. They worked hard to realize the American dream over their lifetimes. Pablo and Refugio had eight children: Cipriana, Ambrosio, Carmen, Nicolas, Carlos, Gloria, Mario and Lupita. Ambrose married Cinda Archuleta in Pueblo, Colorado on July 20th, 1972, and until his last moments she was his partner and his love.

Ambrose is survived by his wife of 45 years, Cinda, of Thousand Oaks; father-in-law Ben Archuleta; his children Carolyn Quddus (Azfar) of Camarillo, Teresa Guitterez (Anthony) of Chicago, Ambrosio Jr Rodriguez (Natalie Heaton) of Thousand Oaks and Roberto Rodriguez (Zara Janer) of San Francisco; grandchildren Javier, Nathan, JD, Caleb, Haseeb, Aidan, Bilal, Audrey and Anisa; siblings Dr. Carlos Rodriguez (Sue), Carmen Peralta, Dr. Mario Rodriguez (Alice), Gloria Aguirre (Domingo) and Lupita Quiles-Rosa. Ambrose is preceded in death by his mother and father, Pablo and Refugio Rodriguez; mother-in-law Josefa Archuleta; siblings Nicolas Rodriguez and Cipriana Zapata; former wife Beatrice Johnson and daughter Jolene Aragon.

Ambrose completed high school at Boys Town School in Omaha, Nebraska, class of 1958 then served two years in the US Army and was stationed in Germany. He holds an R.N. license and a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from University of Southern Colorado, a Masters of Social Work from the University of Denver, a Masters of Public Administration from Cal State Fullerton, and completed extensive post graduate work at University of Denver, Chicago University and the University of Colorado. Most recently, he was preparing to take the California Realtors exam.

Ambrose was the founder and President of the Latino Behavioral Health Institute (LBHI). Based in Los Angeles, LBHI became one of the nation's largest non-profit organizations of its kind bringing together more than 1,000 academics and professionals from across the US, Mexico and South America, at an annual conference from its founding in 1995 until 2015. Prior to LBHI, Ambrose served as Deputy Director of the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health, where he retired in 2007, after 20 years of service. Ambrose was the Superintendent of the Colorado State Veterans Center at Home Lake from 1982-87. He was appointed Director of the Division of Mental Health for the state of Colorado and served from 1979-82, and from 1976-79, was Executive Director of El Centro Mental Health Clinic in Los Angeles, California.

Ambrose worked tirelessly on a local and national level to provide a compassionate, effective voice for the underserved. His dedication was recognized by many organizations. Among other honors received, he was the recipient of The Father Flanagan Distinguished Alumni Award from Boys Town in 2015, and The Lifetime Achievement Award in the Advancement of Hispanic Mental Health from the National Resource Center in 2010.
Ambrose dearly loved his pet chihuahuas, Chula and in the recent past, Chico. Ambrose was an avid sports fan and over the decades attended Los Angeles Dodgers, Lakers and UCLA football games. His grandchildren shared many special memories attending sporting events with him. Ambrose enjoyed gardening and traveling.

Pierce Brothers Mortuary in Westlake Village, California, will carry out his wish to be cremated. A viewing was held at Pierce Brothers for immediate family on May 15th, 2017. A memorial service will take place on Saturday, May 27th, 2017 from 1:00 to 4:00pm at the Fontina Ballroom in the Convention Center in Pueblo, Colorado. His final resting place will be Roselawn Cemetery in Pueblo, Colorado.