GOLDSTEIN--Robert. August 6, 1912--April 27, 2012 Born in New York to Minny and Simon Goldstein, Bob graduated from Princeton University in 1933 and Harvard Medical School in 1937. He did an internship at Beth Israel Hospital in Boston and an assistant residency at Bellevue Hospital in New York. He met the love of his life, Theodora (Teddy), while she was working in a research lab there. They married in 1941 and soon after, he joined the Navy and was sent oversees as a medical officer with the Marines. He was with the landing party at Guadalcanal and was involved in numerous battles in the South Pacific. When he returned in 1945, they moved to Boston where he completed a chief residency at the Beth Israel Hospital and pursued research in hematology. From 1947 to 1961, he was a faculty member involved in teaching, patient care, and research at both Harvard and Tufts Medical Schools, while Teddy was active in progressive politics. In 1961, Bob took a position as Professor of Medicine at New York Medical College and the founding chief of the division of hematology. He served as Chairman of the Department of Medicine from 1969 until 1976 when he became Associate Dean of Student Affairs until he retired in 1985. He was much loved by his students who dedicated their yearbook to him in five of the ten years he served in that role. He continued to be actively involved at New York Medical College, serving on numerous committees, until he completely retired in 2002, when he and Teddy moved to Seattle. He lost his life partner in 2008, days short of their 67 year wedding anniversary. He is survived by his children, Richard (Nanette) and Erika (Jim) and grandchildren, Cody, Amelia, Maggie and Kate. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Alzheimer's Disease Research Center at the University of Washington.
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Published in The New York Times on May 6, 2012