Dr. Robert M. Panick D.D.S.|
Dec. 16, 1922 - July 1, 2014
Resident of San Jose
Dr. Robert Panick, well known family dentist, died peacefully at his San Jose home. He was 91 years old.
Dr. Panick was born and raised in Chicago, Ill. to Anna and Morris Panick, immigrants of Russia. He was the youngest of five children and the first of his family to attend college. He was predeceased by his siblings, Sam, Rose, Bill, Sue, and his son John.
He is survived by his wife Joan, daughters Melinda, Judy, Sherry, son David and stepson Monte. He is also survived by many family members who fondly remember him as their favorite "Uncle Bob" and by numerous other relatives in Argentina and Israel.
Dr. Panick earned his Doctorate of Dental Surgery (DDS) from Loyola University in 1947. After receiving his DDS, he served two tours in Korea with the Army treating injured soldiers. Soon after being discharged, he settled in the Cambrian Park area in 1952, and opened his family dental practice, the first dental office in Cambrian Park.
After forty two years of practice and not missing one day of work, Dr. Panick retired in 1990 and was at that time the longest practicing dentist in Santa Clara County. He entrusted his practice to Dr. David Hill, DMD, who still treats many generations of the same families that started decades ago under Dr. Panick's careful treatment.
Dr. Panick loved living and working in San Jose and in addition to a busy dental practice he served as Chief of the Department of Dentistry at the former Los Gatos, Saratoga Hospital.
He loved to travel the world and was an avid athlete enjoying biking, tennis, handball, racquet ball, swimming and golf. He especially looked forward to spending time every week with his golf buddies of many years.
He will be laid to rest at Home of Peace Cemetery within Oak Hill Memorial Park, San Jose near his brothers and mother.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations in his name to the Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara County.
Published in San Jose Mercury News/San Mateo County Times on July 11, 2014