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Robert A. Astone M.D.


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Robert A. Astone, M.D.
July 9, 1928 - March 13, 2016
Rancho Mirage, CA

Robert Astone passed away on March 13, 2016. A native of Beacon, New York, Robert was born at his parent's home, Dr. Donato Astone & Reba Demeritt, and was the brother of Betty Astone Franco who predeceased him. He attended local schools and started at the University of Vermont after his junior year of high school. His hobbies included playing tennis on the family tennis court and sailing on the Hudson River.

At UVM, Robert was a pre-med student, a member of SAE, the varsity tennis team and manager of the ski team. After graduating from UVM in 1949, Bob studied for a year at Lafayette College in Pennsylvania. He was accepted at UVM Medical School, class of 1955, where his father also graduated.

During medical school, Robert married his first wife, Judith Henderson. Their son, Michael Robert, was born in 1954. After both Robert & Judith graduated in 1955, they moved to California where Bob had an internship and residency at Harbor General Hospital/UCLA, in Torrance. Their daughter,
Antonia, was born in 1956 in Long Beach. A third child, Jennifer Marie, was born in 1962. During his residency, Robert was drafted into the US Army and spent two years as a captain in the medical corp at Fort Jackson, South Carolina. The family returned to California where Bob completed his residency, followed by a fellowship in cardiology under C.K. Liu M.D. After the fellowship, Bob set up a solo practice in internal medicine and cardiology and was an active member at The Little Company of Mary Hospital and other South Bay hospitals. Robert Astone and C.K.Liu were instrumental in setting up the first cardiac catherization units at Little Company of Mary.

In the 70's, Robert and Judith divorced. Bob moved his mother, Reba, to California where she lived the remainder of her life.

He married Barbara Kennedy, a native of Chicago, Illinois in August 1996, and later retired from cardiology. They moved to La Quinta, where they enjoyed tennis, golf, bridge, friends and family. Dr. Sig Weissbein, a best friend from medical school, was a desert neighbor, golfing, and card playing buddy. Bob's wife, Barbara, was instrumental in setting up the Mission Hills Duplicate Bridge Club which they both enjoyed. During the last years of his life, Robert was attended to by his loving and devoted wife, Barbara, and other excellent caregivers. Bob enjoyed his active life, family and friends. Robert is survived by his wife, Barbara; son, Michael and wife, Bettina; grandsons, Michael Wromar and Zane Astone; daughter, Antonia, and granddaughter, Claire Weissbein; and daughter, Jennifer Astone, PhD., husband, Marty Vaden, and grandson, Sandy Buundu Astone.

The family requests that in lieu of sending flowers, donations be made to Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma research. Please sign the guest book at www.dailybreeze.com.com/obits.
Published in Daily Breeze from Mar. 23 to Mar. 27, 2016
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