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Dr. Robert A. Bernhard

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Dr. Robert A. Bernhard, surrounded by his loving family, passed away at UPMC Hamot Medical Center on September 10, 2011 after an extended illness. He was born June 5, 1933 in Philadelphia Pa., son of the late Muriel and Morris Bernhard. Dr. Bob attended Central High School, and Ursinus College where he played for the varsity tennis team and graduated magna cum laude in 1954. In that same year he married his wife Marilyn and they shared a wonderful life together for 56 years. Dr. Bernhard received his medical degree from Temple University School of Medicine in 1958, and was elected to Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society. After completing training in Radiology , he served his country as a Captain in the U.S. Air Force, as a radiologist at Mather Air Force Base near Sacramento, Calif. from 1962 to 1964. He returned to Philadelphia to practice radiology and teach residents at Germantown Hospital and was a clinical faculty member at Temple. In 1975 he moved to Lancaster, Pa. where he was Chief of Radiology and served a term as Chief of the Medical Staff at St. Joseph's Hospital. In 2005 he and his wife Marilyn moved to Erie to be closer to family. Dr. Bernhard was greatly admired for his kindness, generosity, and the excellence of his work as a great teacher of residents. He treated his staff and patients with dignity and respect. He never said an unkind word to anyone. His calmness prevailed in emergency situations. He never lost his temper and always stood by his staff. Mostly he was admired for his love and devotion to his wife and children. His impact on the world will continue forever through the people he has changed and influenced. He will be deeply missed by his wife Marilyn, his sister Carol, his son Ken Bernhard and his wife Carol, his daughter Janet B. Hood and her husband John, his son Mark Bernhard and his wife Laura; and his eight grandchildren: David, Daniel, Sara, Ellen, Julie, Sam, Amy and Jake. A memorial service will be held at Temple Anshe Hesed in Erie, Pa on Sunday, September 25th. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations in memory to Dr. Bernhard be made to the National Parkinson Foundation.

Published in the Erie Times-News on Sept. 12, 2011