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Gardier Dr. Robert Woodward Gardier, 86, of Upper Arlington, passed away peacefully on Sunday, July 7, 2013, Riverside Methodist Hospital (Hospice), surrounded by family. He had courageously battled Parkinson's disease for over 30 years. Bob was a veteran of World War II, serving as a Pharmacist's Mate on the USS Missouri. He was a graduate of the University of Scranton and received his M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Tennessee Medical Units, Memphis, TN. He was a Fellow of the Medical Division, Institute of Nuclear Studies, Oak Ridge, TN. He had held positions as a pharmacologist at Indiana University Medical School and the University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, TX. He was Professor of Pharmacology and Professor of Anesthesiology at The Ohio State University College of Medicine; Associate Dean for Graduate Studies, Wright State University and the first Director of the Doctoral Program in Biomedical Sciences, a joint effort of the WSU College of Science & Engineering and the School of Medicine; and Professor Emeritus upon retirement in 1993. Some of Bob's scientific societies have included Sigma Xi; Society for Experimental Biology & Medicine; American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics; Society of Toxicology; and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He was Visiting Professor at the J.C. & C. Heyman's Institute, University of Ghent, Belgium, as well as Visiting Professor in Pharmacology at several universities in the U.S. He held positions as Consultant - Council on Dental Therapeutics, American Dental Association; and Visiting Research Associate at the Naval Medical Research Institute. He received the Teaching Excellence Award, Boonshoft School of Medicine, WSU. Among his many professional career contributions were: more than 100 scientific abstracts and manuscripts; co-author of the Handbook of Pharmaco-Therapy in Otolaryngology; Consultant for the Illustrated Dictionary of Dentistry; author of chapters in five books on topics in Pharmacology, Anesthesiology, and Toxicology. Bob taught Pharmacology and Toxicology to approximately 4,500 medical students, nurse anesthetists, anesthesiology residents, oral surgery residents, and graduate students in basic medical sciences over a 33-year academic career. He loved teaching and mentoring his students but even with all his devotion to his students and his research, Bob made time to be the best husband, father, and grandfather. He enjoyed being Mr. Fixit; loved to travel, read history and politics; and play golf, especially at Williamsburg, VA and The Greenbrier, WV. Bob enjoyed family gatherings around the table at Hunan Lion. He is preceded in death by two brothers and two sisters. He is survived by his loving wife of 62 years, Virginia, and his children, Robert, Jr., Cynthia Gardier Lewis (George), and Christopher (Mary); and granddaughters, Bryn and Paige Lewis, and Lauren and Amanda Gardier; sisters, Theresa Barrett of Scranton, PA, and Angela (Jack) Cowart of Temecula, CA; and brother, Joseph Gardier (Jeanne) of Clark Summit, PA; and his purr-fect four-legged companion, Willie. Special thanks to the staff of Mill Run Gardens & Care Center and HomeReach Hospice for their tender care and support; to chaplain Faith of Hospice and Father William Faustner of St. Timothy Parish; and, especially, to Bob's home caregiver par excellence, Jennifer Caulker. Visitation at SCHOEDINGER NORTHWEST CHAPEL, 1740 Zollinger Rd., Upper Arlington, 3-5 p.m. Saturday, July 13, 2013. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Ohio Health Hospice c/o Ohio Health Foundation, 180 E. Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215; or to the Boonshoft School of Medicine Scholarship Fund, in memory of Dr. Robert W. Gardier, c/o of the Wright State University Foundation, Inc., P.O. Box 8748, Dayton, OH 45482-0381. Please visit www.schoedinger.com to send condolences and share messages.
Published in The Columbus Dispatch on July 9, 2013
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