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Dr. Robert D. Nesbitt

Obituary Condolences

NESBITT - Dr. Robert D. Nesbitt, Dr. Robert D Nesbitt died peacefully at his home on October 9, 2009 at the age of 89. A resident of the Altadena and Pasadena community for over 40 years, he was a loved, respected and a well-known pediatrician, widely recognized for his dedication to his profession. Dr. Nesbitt has been honored by the Head Start Foundation for Early Education (2006), The Black Physicians of Altadena (1990), the County of Los Angeles for Community and Family Services (2006), as well as mi litary citations for his ongoing pediatric service. Born in Champagne, Illinois on September 15, 1920, Dr. Nesbitt was the fifth of five sons of Lucian and Christine Nesbitt. His father was a janitor and his mother a cook at fraternity and sorority houses on the nearby campus of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign campus. Dr. Nesbitt's mother was determined that all her sons would have a college education, despite the family's lack of financial resources and smothering racial restrictions. During the late 1930s and early 1940s, all five Nesbitt brothers graduated from U. of I.; a rare accomplishment of a Depression-Era family. They went on to become a civil servant, a teacher, two doctors and a lawyer. When each brother obtained a job, he passed on that job to the next and so on and so forth' as Dr. Nesbitt would always say. While in Chicago he practiced medicine with his brother Dr. Lendor C. Nesbitt, who specialized in obstetrics and gynecology. In the early 1950's, Dr. Nesbitt, a Major in the United States Army, moved his family to Munich, Germany where he provided pediatric services to his fellow officers and their children. Dr. Nesbitt viewed his practice of medicine of not only being concerned with his patients' physical health, but also their social and economic well being. Dr. Nesbitt and Marilyn, his wife of 62 years, moved to Pasadena in 1958, where they fell in love with the California outdoors and took their family on fishing and camping trips throughout California, Mexico and Canada. He is survived by his wife, Marilyn, children Paul, Marla, and Phillip, daughter-in- law, Ginger and his five grandchildren, Todd, Nick, Robert, Tucker and Myles. Services to celebrate Dr. Nesbitt's life will be held on Thursday, October 15, 2009, beginning with a Church Memorial Service at Altadena United Methodist Church -10:00 A.M., 349 West Altadena Drive, Altadena, Ca 91001. The family kindly requests donations to be made in honor of Foundation for Early Childhood, Inc. (Headstart) 508 E . Mendocino Street or C.O.T.A. (Children's Organ Transplant Association) 2501 West COTA Drive, Bloomington, Indiana, 47403, or the Lisa B. Nesbitt Scholarship Fund, Crossroads School, 1714 21st Street, Santa Monica, CA 90404.
Published in Pasadena Star-News on Oct. 14, 2009
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