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Reynolds, Dr. Robert (Bob) Nelson Of Milford, NH, formerly of Needham, MA, died peacefully on May 11, 2015 at the age of 93. He was born on February 26, 1922 in Troy, NY, the son of Roland Edward Reynolds and Winifred Nelson Reynolds. Bob is a graduate of Albany Academy, Yale University, and Albany Medical College. After receiving his medical degree, Dr. Reynolds served in the Navy as LTJG, medical officer, on ships in the Mediterranean. Following military service he was employed at Boston's New England Medical Center (Boston Floating Hospital) where he went on to become their first Pediatric Anesthesiologist. He also served as Professor of Anesthesiology at Tufts University School of Medicine, retiring in 1987 after a distinguished 35 year career. In recognition of Bob's commitment to the care of children, Tufts established The Robert N. Reynolds Award in Pediatric Anesthesia, which is presented annually to the graduating resident who most exemplifies the standard of excellence established by Dr. Reynolds. An active retiree, Bob began a second career as a volunteer at Harvard's Arnold Arboretum and the New England Wildflower Society's Garden in the Woods where he led walks, taught workshops, and collected data for the professional staff. He and his wife Nancy travelled extensively, during which time Bob completed the Milford Track in New Zealand twice. He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Nancy Miller Reynolds of Milford, NH, children Douglas N. Reynolds of Cedar City, UT, Jeffrey W. Reynolds of East Aurora, NY, and Cynthia A. Reynolds (Hauptman) of Pepperell, MA; 4 grandchildren, and his beloved cat, Smudgie. Bob was best known for his deep intelligence, unwavering integrity, love of horticulture and travel, and his kind and gracious manner. A private service is planned in Upton, MA at the end of summer. In lieu of flowers, kindly send donations to the New England Wildflower Society.
Published in The Boston Globe on May 22, 2015
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