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Dr. Robert Emerson Windom


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Dr.  Robert Emerson Windom Obituary
Windom, Dr. Robert Emerson
July 14, 1930 - October 21, 2016
Dr. Robert Emerson Windom passed away at home on October 21, 2016.
Born in Westerville, OH on July 14, 1930, he moved here in 1945 when his father, Col. Ross Windom, became the first City Manager of Sarasota. He graduated from Sarasota High School in 1948 with Sarasota native, Lelia Harmon. They both graduated from Duke University in 1952 and married the next year while he was a medical student at Duke.
'Dr. Bob' was in private practice with Windom, Page, Binns, and Harris and was Chief of Staff at both Sarasota Memorial Hospital and Doctors Hospital, President of the Sarasota County Medical Society, Florida Heart Association, Florida Medical Association, and Sarasota Chamber of Commerce.
In 1986 he was nominated by President Ronald Reagan and confirmed by the US Senate to serve as Assistant Secretary of Health, the highest government position required to be filled by a physician. He served over the National Institutes of Health, Public Health Service, and US Surgeon General (C. Everett Koop at the time).
He was the inaugural Chairman of the Board of Sarasota Military Academy, Chairman of the Advisory Board of the Sarasota Salvation Army, a 55-year 'Legion of Honor' member of the Kiwanis Club of Sarasota, 'Distinguished Alumnus' Duke University Medical Center, board member of the Tiger Bay Club, The Glenridge, The Pines of Sarasota, and Plymouth Harbor, and was an Elder at Church of the Palms.
In addition to his wife, Lelia, he is survived by his three sons, Bob Jr. (Missy), Ross (Carolyn), and Hugh (Anne), and six grandchildren Caroline (Atlanta, GA), Porter (Ensign, US Navy), Grant (Cadet, West Point), and Reed, Sarah, and Emerson of Sarasota. A memorial service will be held Saturday, November 5, 2016 at Church of the Palms at 3:00 p.m. A special thank you to Tidewell Hospice, Debra from Take Care, and care-givers over the past year Cindy and Donna. Memorial donations in his name may be made to the Church of the Palms (3224 Bee Ridge Road, Sarasota, FL., 34239) or Duke University School of Medicine Davison Club (Box 90581, Durham, NC., 27708-0581).
Published in Herald Tribune from Oct. 23 to Oct. 25, 2016
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