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ZIEGLER, Dr. Robert George Passed away at his home surrounded by family and friends on Feb. 24, 2020. He died of long-term complications from a severe stroke in February, 2010. A beloved and respected father, husband, friend, teacher and doctor, he will be remembered for having an innate sense of human suffering and a life defined by compassion and generosity. He lives on in the lives of the patients he helped. For over 40 years, he cared for children and families with a commitment to practical, team-based approaches. He was a psychiatrist within the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at The Cambridge Hospital, an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard University Medical School, the Clinical Director of Boundaries Therapy Center in Acton, MA as well as having directed the Family Service Team within the Seizure Unit at Children's Hospital in Boston. Amongst many other clinical publications, he authored: Does Your Child Have Epilepsy? and Homemade Books to Help Kids Cope and Sharing Care: The Integration of Family Approaches with Child Treatment. Born on November 10, 1941 to Barbara Edna (Seeler) and Hans Ziegler, he was raised in St. Albans and Valley Stream, New York. He graduated with a B.A. from Hofstra University in 1963, and an M.D. from Columbia University in 1968. He loved literature, plays, cooking, travelling and saving money. Robert "Bob" Ziegler met his wife, Pat, at St. Luke's Hospital in San Francisco, where she was a nurse and he was in the first year of his psychiatric residency. They married in June, 1970, and moved to Cambridge, MA where they raised their family. Bob had been a resident of Cambridge for 50 years at the time of his death, having been predeceased by Pat two years prior. He is survived by his son, Jeffrey Ziegler and partner, Rebecca McCann, his daughter, Lisa Ziegler-Chamblee and husband Marc Chamblee, and grandsons, Eli and Caleb Chamblee, his sister Joan Daly and niece and nephews: Chris Daly, Jonathan Daly and Suzanne Daly. A Memorial Service will be held on April 4, 2020 at 11 a.m. at the Forsyth Chapel in the Forest Hills Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: The Boston University Aphasia Center, Trustees of Boston University/Aphasia Resource: https://www.bu.edu/aphasiacenter/how-you-can-help/

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Published in Boston Globe from Feb. 28 to Mar. 1, 2020.
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October 14, 2020
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Gail Willett
September 24, 2020
When I first arrived in Boston in 2007, Bob and Pat have opened their door and made me feel at home since the first day. One of the most wonderful memories of those times is thanksgiving 2007: I have never felt so welcomed, and in few hours I grasped the spirit of this celebration. I can never be more grateful to them for their kindness and warmth. Many of the best memories of the past decade are from the years I spent in Boston, and it's great to know that they are part of them. I last met Bob in fall 2019. and I could see how spirit was unchanged . I feel lucky to have have the opportunity to say hi to him one more time
May 24, 2020
I was fortunate to have met the family many years ago while remodeling the home in Cambridge. I also spent a week at the house on a river fixing something. Robert and Pat were Wonderful to work with and I pass my condolences to The family. Mark Howard, Loveland, Co.
Mark Howard
March 15, 2020
Bob and I last met at our mini 50th P&S reunion,2018 (see photo). What struck me powerfully then was what struck me so powerfully when we were students: his gentleness, compassion, and kindness. Even though his stroke made communication laborious, he reached out and shared his wisdom with me, wisdom that I took to heart, and that has been meaningful to me since. It is so easy, then, to imagine how much he gave to his patients and their families. He was the embodiment of all that a physician should be!
Virginia Utermohlen Lovelace
March 15, 2020
Bob and I last met at our mini-reunion at Peter Stringham's placesee pictureBob, Eddie, Peter, and I worked together as students at P&S. What struck me so powerfully at this mini-reunion, was the same as what made Bob such an extraordinary classmate: his immense gentleness, compassion and kindnesshis ability to listen, understand, and bring thoughtful comfort. Even though his stroke made communication laborious, he reached out and shared his wisdom with meI can well imagine how he did the same for his patients and their families. He was, in sum, the embodiment of all that a physician should be.
Virginia Utermohlen Lovelace P&S '68
March 15, 2020
Mini reunion 2018: clockwise from Bob, Eddie Harrow, Peter Stringham, and Virginia Utermohlen
Virginia Utermohlen Lovelace P&S '68
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