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Dr. H. Richard Tyler

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Dr. H. Richard (Rick) Tyler, died suddenly at his home in Brookline, MA, on Sunday, May 8, 2016 at the age of 88. Dr. Tyler is survived by Joyce, his loving wife of 64 years, and their four children: Kenneth (and his wife Lisa) of Denver, CO, Karen of Glastonbury, CT, Douglas (and his wife Donna) of Galveston, TX, and Lori Spisak (and her husband Ken) of Algonac, MI. He was the adored grandfather of Maxwell, Eric, Jason (and his wife Diane), Tanya (and her husband Matthew), Nathan (and his wife Katie), Elaine, Britta, Colby, Courtney, Hannah, Samantha, and Joe, and eight great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his dear brother-in-law Edward Colby and his nephews David and Geoffrey. Upon graduating from Syracuse University in 1947, he volunteered for the army and served at the Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico. In 1951 he received his MD from the Washington University School of Medicine. He completed his medical internship at the Peter Bent Brigham Hospital (now known as Brigham and Womens) and his residency in neurology at the Boston City Hospital. After completing neurology fellowships at the Neurological Institute at Queen Square in London, the Salpetriere in Paris, and Johns Hopkins in Baltimore, he returned to Boston to join the faculty at Harvard Medical School where he became the first truly full-time neurologist at the Peter Bent Brigham Hospital. He led the Neurology Division at the Brigham 1956-1988, and under his leadership the division grew impressively with the addition of major clinical and research programs and associated faculty. He was appointed Professor of Neurology at Harvard Medical School in 1974 and became emeritus in 1999. He took special pride in the H. Richard Tyler Library at the Brigham, which was created in his honor. His greatest legacy is the many students, residents and trainees who have gone on to occupy pre-eminent positions in neurology. Dr. Tyler was an Eagle Scout, an avid gardener, and he enjoyed caring for his two Airedales. He was also an inveterate collector of coins, stamps and books. His renowned collection of rare medical books was donated to the American Academy of Neurology Book Collection at Washington University in St. Louis. The 7,000 volume collection includes many landmark books in neurology and neuroscience including a first edition of Vesalius Anatomy. He was also a dedicated member of the Brookline Public Library, serving on the Board of Trustees for 30 years and as the chair man from 1985 -1990. A private service was held on Friday, May 13 for Dr. Tylers immediate family. A public memorial service to honor his life and contribution to neurology is being planned. In lieu of flowers, the family encourages donations be made either to the Trustees of the Brookline Public Library, 361 Washington St., Brookline, MA 02445, or the Brigham and Womens Hospital Neurology Dept., c/o Brigham Development Office, 116 Huntington Ave., Boston, MA 02116.
Published in The Brookline Tab from May 14 to May 26, 2016
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