Dr. Robert Joseph Kolimas, a longtime neurologist, passed away on Wednesday, June 19 in Houston, Texas. He was 57.
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Dr. Kolimas (known to some as "Dr. K") was born on October 17, 1955 to John and Mary Kolimas. He grew up in Chicago, Illinois. During his childhood he attended and was a member of St. Symphorosa parish where he was baptized and confirmed. He graduated from St. Paul and John Kennedy High School in 1973.
After high school he attended Loyola University in Chicago, Illinois where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology in 1977. After college he attended the University of Illinois School of Medicine in Chicago, Illinois where he received a Doctor of Medicine degree in 1981.
After medical school, he completed his residency in neurology and served a fellowship in neuromuscular disease at the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. He remained on faculty at Baylor College of Medicine, serving as director of the electromyography lab and as an associate professor of neurology. He remained in practice and on faculty at Baylor College of Medicine and at the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center, until retiring in 2012.
Dr. Kolimas was a very well respected leader in the field of neurology and neuromuscular disease, who helped many during his medical career. He co-authored several books and was published in numerous medical journals. He was a member of the American Medical Association; American Academy of Neurology; and Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society.
Dr. Kolimas is preceded in death by his father, John Francis Kolimas and daughter, Elizabeth Marie Kolimas.
This brilliant, passionate, dedicated physician is survived by his wife of 33 years, Dr. Monica Stallworth-Kolimas; his daughter Cathy; his brothers Dr. Christopher John Kolimas (Nandini); Richard Kolimas (Eugena); Paul Kolimas (Janet); and his sisters Marnie Kolimas and Barbara Kuebler; and his loving nieces and nephews and other relatives.
Dr. Kolimas was an avid runner, scuba diver, tennis player, guitar player, writer, photographer, and movie buff. He was extremely thoughtful and cared greatly for everyone he knew. Dr. Kolimas will be remembered by his family and friends for his kindness, his unconditional love, and his compassion for others. He will be greatly missed.
A visitation will be held at Central Chapel, 6158 S. Central Ave, Chicago, IL 60638 at 8:00 am, Saturday, June 29. The family will be greeting friends and relatives at 8:30 am. Funeral mass will be held at St. Symphorosa Parish, 6135 S. Austin Avenue, Chicago, IL 60638. Burial will follow at Resurrection Cemetery. Condolences may be left at
6158 South Central Avenue Chicago, IL 60638-4508
Published in Houston Chronicle on June 30, 2013