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Moellering, Robert Charles Jr., M.D. Of Wellesley on Feb 24, 2014. Beloved husband of Mary Jane Ferraro. Loving father of Anne Elizabeth Moellering and her spouse Susan Cunningham of San Francisco CA, Robert C. Moellering III of San Francisco CA, and Catherine Irene Moellering and her fiance Anthony R. Buscemi of Brooklyn, NY. Brother of Gen. John H. Moellering (Ret) of Chapel Hill NC, Carl W. Moellering of Ft. Wayne, IN and Barbara A. Greschaw of Ann Arbor, MI. His funeral service will be celebrated in the Lutheran Church of the Newtons, 1310 Centre St., Newton Centre on Sat., March 1 at 1 PM. Relatives and friends are kindly invited. Visiting hours will be in the Eaton Funeral Home, 1351 Highland Ave (Exit 19B off Rte. 128) NEEDHAM on Fri from 4-8 PM. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers a Robert C. Moellering Jr. M.D. Infectious Diseases Fellowship Fund is intended to be established at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Remembrances may be made in his name to Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Attn: Development, 330 Brookline Ave., Boston, MA 02215. Please make checks payable to BIDMC and include Robert C. Moellering, Jr. M.D. in the memo line or the Lutheran Church of the Newtons, 1310 Centre St. Newton, MA 02459 would be appreciated. For directions or to share a memory of Dr. Moellering please visit Eaton Funeral Home Needham 781-444-0201

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Published in Boston Globe from Feb. 26 to Feb. 28, 2014.
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February 23, 2020
Remembering a graceful and thoughtful teacher and colleague whose moral compass was dependable.
December 15, 2019
With passage of time, the legacy of Robert Moellering is a bit more clear to some of us who are inspired by him. His scholarly,clinical, and administrative accomplishments are well known. We remember him as a man with access to power who never lost his moral compass.
Aeslepius Sciences
July 23, 2014
I was Dr. Moellering's chief medical resident in 1983-1984. I postponed my fellowship to stay one more year with a mentor I knew I'd never see the likes of again. As much as I learned greater depths of medicine from him, I value even more the humility, respectfulness, and ability to inspire that he taught by example. And I was right all those years ago...I have not encountered his equal in the ensuing 30 years of practice, teaching, and research,
John Pippin
March 7, 2014
I had the honor of working for Dr. Moellering in the late 1980's. His personal and professional character was an inspiration to all who had he privilege of knowing him. His level of kindness, patience and respect was shown to all. He will be dearly missed. My condolences to his family. Nancy Butler
Nancy Butler
March 6, 2014
Dr. Moellering had the rare combination of brilliance, humility and kindness. He will be truly missed....
Julie DeAngelis
March 4, 2014
Dear Dr. Moellering,

Though it has been more than a decade, I remember you as if it were yesterday. An outstanding physician, a dedicated leader, a wonderful teacher. But most of all, I remember your caring and warmth, your kindness, your integrity, your humor, smile and laughter, and how you were loved and admired by so many. Thank you for all that you have done. Peace be with you and may God be with you and your family always.
Phillip Chan
March 2, 2014
I was sad to learn the news – Even after many years I remember his kindness. He was for me a great privilege to work in his lab. We will miss him as a great scientist and a great man.
Marie Françoise Tripodi
March 2, 2014
Dr Moellering was a legend in our discipline. And this was combined with a character of rare kindness, a true gentleman. He will be greatly missed by all of us who had the privilege of meeting him and work under his guidance. To his family I express my deepest condolences.
Spiros Miyakis
March 1, 2014
Dr Moellering was a star not just because of his brilliance and warmth, but in his ability to transfer parts of that to his residents. We saw him as the ultimate role model; incredibly smart but also still a nice guy. To whatever extent the thousands of physicians that he trained have been able to copy Dr Moellering, the world is now a much better place. His legacy will live on.

My deepest sympathy for you and your family.
William Biggs
February 28, 2014
Dear Mary Jane,
It was with great sadness that I learned of the passing of Dr. Moellering. I considered him a giant in the world of ID and it was my great privilege to work with him as he chaired our linezolid advisory group. His guidance and advice was instrumental in the development of this and many other antimicrobial agents. In addition, he was a wonderful person. He will be truly missed by all. Please accept my deepest condolences for your loss.
Gary Zurenko
February 28, 2014
Anne, Rob and Catherine - I am so sorry for your loss. I carry with me very fond memories of your father from time I spent at your house growing up. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Susan Allen Cera (WHS '85)
Susan Allen Cera
February 28, 2014
Dear Mary Jane,
I am so sad about the loss of Bob. Joel and I have you in our prayers.
Judy Daly
February 28, 2014
I was sad to learn of Dr. Moellering's passing. It was an honor to train under him at New England Deaconess as a resident. He was a brilliant physician. He was a great teacher and mentor to the housestaff. But to me, his humbleness and dedication to others is what made him a good and decent person.
Philip Garber
February 28, 2014
Dr. Moellering was a gentleman and a scholar- so gifted. As brilliant as he was, there wasn't a pretentious bone in his body. Gentle, kind, and unassuming. It was a privilege to train briefly at the Deaconess under his tenure. My deepest sympathy to his family.
Jo-Ann Haney
February 28, 2014
I am very sad for this great loss. As his fellow, I am also very grateful for the opportunity to have had Dr Moellering my chief, teacher, and role model.
He will be greatly missed by everyone that knew him.
Please accept my most sincere condolences
Emilia Cercenado; Madrid, Spain
Emilia Cercenado
February 27, 2014
Mary Jane and family,
So sorry to hear of Bob's passing. My deepest sympathies to you and your family. It is said that "Those who weave color into our lives leave us with a tapestry of beautiful memories" Bob wove science, compassion respect and honor into so many lives and he will never be forgotten.

May the memories you've kept tucked away in your heart wrap you up in comfort and bring you a special peace at this time.


Don Soja
Don Soja
February 27, 2014
I am so saddened by the news. Even after all these years Dr. Moellering remains present in my mind at all times as an example of what I should strive to be. It was indeed an incredible privilege to have known him. My heart goes out to his family and friends and to all of us who knew him.
Mariela Glandt
February 27, 2014
Mary Jane and family,
I am terribly saddened with Bob's passing as he has always been one of my heroes. His love of science and medicine and his kindness and generosity to all are unparalleled. You and your family will be in my prayers and thoughts. Best, Joyce Sutcliffe
February 27, 2014
An incredible teacher, warm and kind human being and real life hero. I remember in awe morning report when we would try and stump you only to have you stump us with your mile long differential. The housestaff party at your family home was always so fun. Deepest sympathies to your family, colleagues, BIDMC and students.
Nancy Walker
February 27, 2014
What a gentleman! His connection to the Housestaff was just wonderful to watch and have them be in awe of him, not only for his expertise but his caring about each one of them. It certainly was a privilege to have worked with him.
My best to the family
Darsee Rampersad
February 27, 2014
Dear Mary Jane,

We just found out Bob's passing away. We are very sorry for your loss, please accept our condolences. We feel very lucky to know him. With all the good wishes.

Sema and Erdal Akalin
Erdal Akalin
February 27, 2014
Bob instilled in his students an obligation for both intellectual rigor and compassion in caring for patients. I think of his lessons frequently even twenty years later. I hope his loved ones are doing ok during this difficult time.
Don Perlo
February 27, 2014
Dr. Moellering taught by example. His singular dedication to lifelong learning and exceptional patient care, packaged with his genuine warmth, humor and everyman sensibility is unparalleled. We are feeling your loss, but thankful to have spent time with you.
Mita Sanghavi Goel
February 27, 2014
Dear Mary Jane and family, we just learned about Bob's passing while traveling in Asia. We are very sorry about your loss and send you our deep felt condolences. We treasure our fond memories of a great friend. With warm regards, Wolfgang and Doris Klietmann
Wolfgang Klietmann
February 27, 2014
Dr. Moellering, you remembered all of our names from the first day we walked in the door at BIDMC as interns. Your warmth and enthusiasm for residents buoyed our spirits and your clinical insights astonished us. I cherish your constant support of us. Rest in peace.
Carolina Abuelo
February 26, 2014
I will always remember and be thankful for Dr. Moellering's patience, wisdom, and good teachings. May he rest in peace.
Alex Gonzalez
February 26, 2014
Bob stood at the head of our exceptional HMS class in so many ways. His warmth, kindness, shy smile, athletic ability and competitiveness, brilliance, wide ranging fund of knowledge and of interests. He knew how to be a friend to many while losing nothing of his strong inner core of precious values. His beloved wife and three children were so blessed to have him in their lives.

May his memory be, to us all, for a blessing.

Ted Silberstein, M.D., Cincinnati
February 26, 2014
Dr. Moellering:
The word of medicine has lost an incredible shining star. Thank you for all that you taught us. May you rest in peace always. I offer my deepest sympathies to you and your family.
Daniele Olveczky
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