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Dr. Robert Gerisch 1921 - 2009 BENNINGTON, VT Dr. Robert Gerisch, age 87, a resident of the Vermont Veterans Home in Bennington died on Monday afternoon, March 30 following a long illness. He was bon in Detroit, Mich., on Dec. 9, 1921, son of Otto A. and Elise Steubben Gerisch. Robert received his education in Michigan, and is a graduate of Wayne State University, University of Michigan and also studied at Johns-Hopkins University in Baltimore, Md. He married the former Betty Gee on March 3, 1947 in Detroit. Mrs. Gerisch died in 2001. Dr. Gerisch was a Lt. Cmdr. In the Navy during the Korean War and served at the Naval Hospital in Chelsea, Mass. Dr. Gerisch was one of three surgeons to perform the world's first open heart surgery in Detroit in 1953, he also pioneered resuscitation techniques without the use of "mouth-to-mouth". He has also authored a book Tension, You Can Do Something About It. He was awarded the AMA Bronze Medal for Cardiac Research in 1960. The Coronary Care Unit at Harper-Webber Hospital in Detroit is named after him. Robert is a 33rd Degree Mason and former member and Past President of the Detroit Rotary Club. He is also Past President of the Michigan Heart Association, and Past Editor of the International Journal of Angiology. He enjoyed fishing, and drawing, and took part in the Vermont Arts Exchange Programs through the Veterans Home and their art shows at the Stark Hose Art Gallery. He leaves one son; Steven C. Gerisch of Sacramento, Calif. and one daughter; Mary Gerisch of Bennington. He leaves three grandchildren; John S. Soghigian, Ben R. Soghigian and Steven Gerisch and four great-grandchildren; Taylor Soghigian, Bryce Soghigian, Collin Soghigian and Anna Soghigian. Robert is survived by one brother, Chester O. Gerisch of Detroit, MI. FUNERAL NOTICE: The Burial Office will be held on Monday afternoon, April 6, at 2 p.m. at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Bennington with the Reverend Anita Schell-Lambert, Rector, officiating. Interment will take place in Michigan. There are no calling hours scheduled. Memorial contributions may be made to the Shriners' Hospital through the Mahar and Son Funeral Home, 628 Main St. Bennington, VT 05201. Guestbook condolences may be made at www.maharandsonfuneralhome.net.
Published in Bennington Banner on Apr. 1, 2009
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