DR. ROBERT CAÑAS spent nearly 50 years practicing medicine and honing his artistic talents in downtown Durand before retiring to his native country of El Salvador in September of 2014. Dr. Cañas now resides in Alabama with his son, Cabot and his wife, Jeanie, but at the age of 101, Dr. Cañas recently returned to Durand to share his autobiography, “100 Years, My Life From El Salvador, C.A. to the United States.”
Dr. Cañas was featured during the Sunday Market at Durand Union Station on Sunday, Sept. 30, along with the members of the Shiawassee Area Writers (SAW), who debuted their book, “Winter in the Mitten,” a winter/Christmas-themed anthology compiled by 18 SAW authors.
In his book, Dr. Cañas recalls memories of his childhood, his training as a physician and surgeon, and his life experiences in El Salvador, Panama and the United States.
In addition to caring for generations of Durand residents as a doctor, Dr. Cañas left his mark throughout the city with his art. His large murals adorn the walls of local churches, the Depot (shown) and the Durand VFW, and his life-size bronze railroad worker sculpture, located next to the Sandula Clock Tower, is a focal point of the downtown.
(Independent Photo/Graham Sturgeon)