Corina's Life

Corina Field Carroll, MD FAAP, was born Corina Maria Field on June 25, 1962 in Buenos Aires, Argentina.  When she was three years old, her family moved to Venezuela, where she was raised.  After medical school in Caracas and rural service on the tropical island of Margarita, off the Venezuelan coast, she married and resettled in San Diego and Miami with her American husband.  They had first met as teens in Caracas, in 1975.

Dr. Carroll held Argentine, Venezuelan, British and U.S. citizenships.  She was natively bilingual in Spanish and English.  A lifelong Christian, she survived a near-death experience at age 16, and committed her life to doing good every day.  She served Tennessee children as a gifted pediatrician from 1994 to 2011, when her recurrent cancer forced her to retire.

A devoted wife and mother, she resided on Missionary Ridge and was survived by family including her parents Ronald and Sophie Field; her husband, John Carroll; her sons, Ed and David and daughter, Anna; her sister, Audrey Peverelli, of Paris, France; her brothers, Julian Field, of Yorkshire, England and Geoffrey Field, of San Juan, Puerto Rico.  Her extended family included 6 aunts and uncles, 8 cousins, and 12 nieces and nephews in seven countries.

Corina was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in September 2007 and died on January 30, 2012 after a difficult and courageous struggle.  Through four surgeries and more than 40 chemotherapy treatments, she showed strength, kindness, caring, patience and optimism to everyone she encountered.  Dr. Carroll is buried at Mount Olivet Cemetery in East Ridge, Tennessee.

From 2014 through 2018, her memory was honored by tax-deductible donations to the Corina Field Carroll Fund, a 501(c)(3) charity established in her honor.  Known by its initials as the CFCF, the Fund was chaired first by Dr. Carroll's daughter Anna, then by her son David, and its mission honored Dr. Carroll's memory by advancing the protection of children.  Its services included free software development and coding of mobile apps for nonprofits involved in child protection; sponsorship of free Grand Rounds training on child abuse and protection topics for pediatricians, nurses and other medical professionals; and financial support of professional counseling free of charge for victims of child abuse and their families.  In 2019, the CFCF's funds and Grand Rounds sponsorship at Children's Hospital at Erlanger were contributed to a new 501(c)(3) nonprofit based in Tennessee.  Contributions in Dr. Carroll's memory may now be made to the Chattanooga Pediatric Foundation, 910 Blackford Street, Chattanooga, TN 37403. 


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