Robert Rawitscher (1937 - 2013)

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Rawitscher, Robert M.D. Robert Edward Rawitcher passed away peacefully at home with his family on October 16, 2013 after a long battle with leukemia. He was born July 29, 1937 in Williston, North Dakota to Aleck and Miriam "Mini" Rawitscher. Robert and his wife of 53 years, Carol met at the University of Wisconsin and were married June 20, 1960. Dr. Rawitscher then went on to graduate from medical school at Harvard University followed by general surgical training at the University of Virginia and cardiac surgical training at The University of California, San Francisco. He then served on the surgical faculty at the University of Florida, Gainesville for five years. Dr. Rawitscher relocated to Dallas, Texas in 1976 where he practiced for 12 years. In 1987 he accepted a position in Toledo, Ohio where he led the largest cardiac surgical program in Northwest Ohio for 20 years. Throughout his career, he touched the lives of over 5,000 patients with lifesaving thoracic and cardiac surgery. Dr. Rawitscher is survived by his wife Carol and their three children, David, Lee and Michael. In addition, his legacy includes his seven grandchildren; Lindsay, Ryan, Courtney, Daniel, Paige, Aren and Annabel. Dr. Rawitscher was kind, generous and loved life. He had a warm sense of humor and above all else, enjoyed spending time with his family. He was an enthusiastic outdoorsman, regularly snow skiing, fishing and hiking. He was also a patron of the arts, including the Dallas symphony and opera. He always had a non-fiction book at his side and was forever ready to discuss, and help solve, the world's problems. He will be sorely missed. A memorial service will be held Friday, October 18, 2013 at noon at Anshai Torah, 5501 West Parker Road, Plano, Texas, 75093. This will be followed by a private burial. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the (

Published in Dallas Morning News on Oct. 18, 2013
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