Dr. Robert E. Switzer, 94, passed away January 22nd 2013 at Leewood Assisted Living Facility in Annandale, Virginia, where he had been a resident for several years. He had been under the care of Capital Caring Hospice Program for a year. Dr. Switzer was born July 26, 1918 in Garrett, Indiana. His parents were Wayne and Fay Switzer. He graduated Cromwell High School, in 1936, received an A.B. in Chemistry, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana, in 1940, received an M. D., Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, Indiana, in 1942 and an M.S., Community Psychiatry, University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado, in 1951. Dr. Switzer received certifications in Psychiatry in 1951 and Child Psychiatry in 1960. Dr. Switzer served in the United States Navy 1943 through 1956. While on active service, he completed a Psychiatric Residence, achieved Board Certification in Psychiatry and Neurology, held positions of Staff Psychiatrist, Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, and Chief of Neuropsychiatry. Dr. Switzer transferred to the United States Navy Reserve in 1956. When he retired from Reserve Service he had achieved the rank of Rear Admiral Upper Half. He is thought to have aspired to achieve Surgeon General of the United States. Dr. Switzer worked for the Menninger Foundation from 1956 through 1975. He was most noted as the Director, Children's Division, Menninger Clinic. Dr. Switzer was the Superintendent at Eastern State School and Hospital, Trevose, Pennsylvania, 1975 through 1984. He retired to the State of Virginia in 1984. Over the years he was member of many Associations, Academies, Councils and Organizations including Capital Caring Hospice Bio Ethics Committee. He was Consultant for and teacher to public and private organizations and individuals. Dr. Switzer, individually and jointly, published many professional articles and books. Dr. Switzer married Jean Ellen Redman (deceased) in 1944. He married Grace Switzer, (deceased) in 1975. He is survived by his children, Robert E. Switzer, II, Valley Village, California, T. Cotter Switzer, LSCSW, Topeka, Kansas and Sally Susan Kuno, Topeka Kansas, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and stepchildren. He will be deeply missed by his family and friends. Dr. Robert E. Switzer
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Published in Topeka Capital-Journal on Feb. 5, 2013