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McCOLLOUGH, ROBERT "BOB" HASLETT, M.D.
Robert "Bob" Haslett McCollough, M.D., age 79 of Gainesville, FL passed away on Saturday, February 20, 2016. Robert was born in Atlanta, GA on December 12, 1936 to Robert Walter McCollough and Ruth Elizabeth Wellborn. In 1946, the McCollough Family moved to Ft. Myers, FL where Bob eventually became the president of his high school student body and the Key Club. He attended the University of Florida 1954-1958, and then attended the University Of Florida College Of Medicine 1958-1962. While in medical school, Bob was elected to AOA Honor Medical Society and received the John B. Gorrie Award which is awarded each year to the graduating medical student having the best all-round promise for becoming a physician of the highest type. He completed his internship in Internal Medi-cine 1962-1963 at Shands Teaching Hospital.
Bob served in the United States Public Health Service in Communicable Disease Center, stationed in Kansas City, Kansas 1963-1965, where he ran and completed a large study of children involving the booster effect of Sabin polio vaccine in children previously vaccinated with Salk polio vaccine. He did his residency in Internal medicine 1965-1967 on the Harvard Medical Service at Boston City Hospital. Third year residency 1967-1968 in endocrinology and cardiology at Shands Teaching Hospital under W.C. Thomas, Jr. M.D. and W. Jape Taylor, M.D.
Dr. McCollough entered private practice 1968 in Gainesville with his colleagues and friends Drs. Andrews, Cunningham and Dace; forming the Gainesville Medical Group, practicing at Alachua General Hospital. The GMG was instrumental in attracting Hospital Corporation of America to build a hospital in Gainesville, which led to the surrounding North Florida Regional physicians' office park.
Dr. McCollough was president of the Florida Diabetes Association in 1973 and served as Chief of Staff at NFRMC 1976. He was board certified in Endocrinology and Metabolism; Internal Medicine; and Hospice and Palliative Care. He was recognized as an accomplished clinician and educator; practicing for 45 years, the last 15 of which were with Haven Hospice. His interest in philosophy led him to hospice work, and to become a Hospice Medical Director. He was affectionately known as "Dr. Bob" by the hospice staff, his patients, and their families. Dr. Bob was loved by all for providing compassionate care with gentleness and respect.
He is survived by his loving wife of 31 years, Nancy L. McCollough and four children- Dr. Mark McCollough (Robin), Dr. Linda McCollough, Cynthia Thibault (Mike) and Erin Sellers (John). He loved his children and grandchildren and was proud of their accomplishments. Mark is a Radiation Oncologist, Linda a Veterinarian, Cynthia a Jeweler, and Erin a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. He had 11 grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his sister Jane Elizabeth McCollough.
A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 1:00 p.m. Sunday March 6, 2016 at the Milam Funeral Home Chapel in Gainesville. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to Haven Hospice 4200 NW 90th Blvd. Gainesville, FL 32606 or to a church or charity of your choice. Bob and his family were especially grateful for the love and compassion provided to them by Bob's Haven Hospice Family.
Arrangements are in the care of MILAM FUNERAL AND CRE-MATION SERVICES, 311 South Main Street, Gainesville, FL 32601. (352) 376-5361. www.milamfh.com

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Published in Gainesville Sun from Feb. 24 to Feb. 25, 2016.
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February 18, 2020
You and Nancy are always on our minds and in our hearts. Rest in peace Bobby.
Abdenour nazef
Neighbor
December 12, 2016
Laura Groce
December 12, 2016
Happy Birthday Bobby, I find you and Nancy in my thoughts each day. I know your at peace and I pray Nancy continues to find peace in the love you left behind, and knowing all your wishes were put first in the last two and one half months of your life on this earth.
Laura Groce
November 24, 2016
thinking of you and my sister on this day. Love does not die, for some it becomes a silent gift we can open anytime we want and share with those dearest too us.
Laura Groce
June 19, 2016
thinking of you and your kindness on fathers day
laura groce
March 31, 2016
The date has come and gone of daddy's death. I think of the kind things you said about him and the kind words spoken on your behalf. As life moves on as it must, that in no way takes away from the gifts you both left on this earth. Death is not extinguishing the light, it is putting out the lamp because dawn has come.
Laura Groce
March 16, 2016
Bobby, you would be so pleased to know Jennifer was chosen to walk at the Kentucky Oaks
Derby with 142 breast and ovarian cancer survivors from all over the United States. Thank you for all the time and love you devoted to us as a family, for the research and phone calls but most of all for the support during those hard times. We were so blessed to have you in our lives for over thirty years. I haven't forgotten that it will be three years this month that you spoke at daddies funeral. Nancy had a wonderful husband and I a wonderful brother in law. (I think you know that even now)
Alice
Laura Groce
March 16, 2016
I always loved seeing Dr. Bob - he always brought a ray of sunshine to our office anytime he came by. He will truly be missed by all of us here at Haven. My condolences and deepest sympathies go out to his family.
Renee
March 14, 2016
Bobby was such a special person to everyone in our family. He was so intelligent. I will always remember how soft and kind his voice was when he spoke. How each word seemed to thought out. I remember as a child on Thanksgiving Bobby and grandpa sitting in the recliners watching football. I will never forget all the reaserch he done when I was diagnosed with cancer. He complied so much information and set for hours going over everything with me. I just hope he knew how much I appreciated it. I love you very much!
Jennifer Brown
March 8, 2016
Bobby,

As Nancy's husband of more than 31 years, you were more than my son-in-law - you became my son. Love you forever
Lila Dot Delk
March 7, 2016
I'm deeply saddened i didn't get to attend Dr. McCollough's celebration of life yesterday. I wanted to be there to represent the "Cunningham girls". Dr. McCollough was a great friend to my father, Richard, but also my mother, Ruthie. He helped us "girls" through a tough time when we lost Dad. I was so thankful he was the doctor at the ET York Hospice Center and assisted with guiding us down a tough journey. Always kind, with a hug and his sweet demeanor. My thoughts and prayers are with his whole family. We loved your Dad and he will be truly missed!
Debbie Cunningham Blair
March 6, 2016
Our thoughts and prayers are with you. So sorry for your loss. Bob was a good man with a kind heart.
Roger and margaret Scarborough
March 6, 2016
My deepest sympathies to Dr. McCollough's family and friends. His warm smile & kind words of encouragement will be missed. The Gainesville community has lost a most compassionate physician and wonderful human being.
Vivian Andrews Graham
March 5, 2016
Nancy, Erin and Family: Our hearts go out to you at this time. Bobby was so loved and respected it is clear that he will be greatly missed by the community as well as his friends and family. Our prayers and sympathy are with you.. Much love,
Nancy and Maurice
Nancy Giunta
March 5, 2016
My heart goes out to your family. I was blessed to work with Dr. McCollough for 8 years, and, yes, he was kind and compassionate, with a broad perspective. I especially admired his role as "teacher" frequently done in a subtle, even covert way. Thank you, Dr. Bob, for allowing me to be one of your students. Sincerely, Marie A. Norris
Marie Norris
March 4, 2016
Our condolences to Nancy and family. We will always remember Bob as an intelligent, kind,generous,compassionate, and humble gentleman. He has been an inspiration to our family. We miss Bob very much.
Nour,Liz,David,Adam,and Stephen
March 4, 2016
Nancy, we still use the angel birdbath you gave us in our garden which reminds us of all the good visits we had with you and Bob. We were always impressed with Bob's orchids. The world is a better place because of people like you and Bob. Thanks Linda & Bernie
Bernie Rieg
March 2, 2016
Nancy, Erin, John, and family, Like all the others, we are so very sorry for this great loss. Our relation to your wonderful family has been short, and infrequent but no less powerful each time we have met and ALWAYS with open arms. He is a great loss.
Danny and Gail Stanley
March 1, 2016
Uncle Bobby, you were one of the most intelligent men I knew. You always knew how to make someone laugh with one of your unforgettable jokes. I remember once going to eat at Waffle House with you and Shelby; we had one of the best conversations. I feel like we got to know each other better after that day. I will always love you and will remember you for the strong, caring, loving man you were. Love you, Uncle Bobby.
Ethridge Delk
March 1, 2016
Garden Sunrise
Nancy McCollough
February 28, 2016
I loved Dr. Bob. He was such a caring and wonderful man. He will be greatly missed.
February 27, 2016
Dr. Bob was a compassionate, kind, and gentle soul. I was blessed to work with him at hospice. May his family know that he will live on in our hearts and work at hospice.

Judy Vann, Haven Pharmacy Dept.
February 27, 2016
It's so hard to realize I will never answer the phone again and hear, "Hey Al, it's Bobby". In the hospital I held his hand and said "I'm so sorry this has happened to you, he said "I am too". We can't always control what happens to us but hopefully we can control how we accept it. What a wonderful example of grace you were until the very end. Thank you Nancy for giving him the gift of seeing all his wishes were honored. True love isn't always easy but it holds fast when all else falters
Laura Groce
February 26, 2016
So many fond memories. A true and wonderful gentleman. Treasure those memories. He would want you to .
Joanne Halter
February 26, 2016
A wonderful physician and it was delightful to work for him. My condolence to Nancy and his family. May Jesus comfort you.
Hazel Pearce
February 26, 2016
February 26,2016
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time. Love, Bubba and Linda
Linda Phillips
February 26, 2016
I echo the sentiments of others who were fortunate enough to work with Dr. Bob at hospice. It didn't matter your role or what initials you had after your name, Dr. Bob valued your thoughts and input into how best to care for the patient. He was patient, kind, compassionate, and had a passion for teaching others. I once told him that one day I'd expect to open Webster's dictionary, look up the word physician, and see his picture there. I was blessed to have known him. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family. May you be comforted by many fond memories and the knowledge of the deep and profound impact he had on so many people.
Ben Willis
February 26, 2016
Dear Mark et al,
I am so very sorry to learn of your Dad's passing. He had become an iconic player in the history of Gainesville medicine and touched many lives. I hope that you all will be able to find solace by keeping his memory close to your heart. And by remembering the legacy of goodness that he left behind.

It has been many years since I've seen you, but am sending warmest regards and love during this sad time for your family.
Robbie Davis
February 25, 2016
May God comfort you and give you His peace.
Elaine Mustered
February 25, 2016
Dr Bob treated my husband, John D Williams, for diabetes for many years, and I went with him on many of his appointments. Dr Bob was very warm, caring and gentle. He always had time to answer questions, and give advice. He once told John, "If it tastes good John, you're not suppose to eat it." John and I laughed about that remark quite often. My husband went home to be with the Lord in January 2004. He was under hospice care. When DR Bob heard of his passing, he stopped by my home to offer his condolences, and a hug. He wasn't only my husband's physician, but also his friend. My thoughts and prayers are with his family at this sad time.
Sylvia J Williams
February 25, 2016
Nancy and Erin, I'm so sorry for your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
Carla Oliver
February 25, 2016
Nancy, Lucas wanted to light a candle but he didn't know how, this candle is from him with love
Laura Groce
February 25, 2016
i'm sorry and I love you
Lucas Brown
February 25, 2016
As a former employee at GMG, my sincere sympathy to all who loved this dear man...a true southern gentleman. He will be missed.
Glenda Johnson
February 25, 2016
Our deepest sympathy & Prayers go out to Nancy and all the family.
Greg & Angela Brown, Mark & Robin New,
& the entire Staff of Campbell-New Funeral Home of Albany, Ky.
Greg Brown
February 25, 2016
Uncle Bobby,
I'm not sure I could fully express how much you meant to me. You were one of the most compassionate, caring, kind and considerate individuals I have had the honor and true pleasure of knowing. I will always cherish the memories of you and our family in my heart. One of my favorites occurred just this past summer when you, Ethridge and I had breakfast at Waffle House as your treat. It was so good just to be in your presence, with your wisdom and hilarious corny jokes. Thank you for loving me and my family so well. I'll miss you. Love you Uncle Bobby.
Shelby Delk
February 25, 2016
Prayers to you and your family.
Glenda Cole
February 25, 2016
The soul of things is sweet.
The heart of Being is celestial rest.
Stronger than woe is will.
That which is good doth pass to better, best.

Remembering a great gentleman, doctor, mentor and friend. Blessings to Dr. Bob's family.
Cassy Midboe
February 25, 2016
I was much grieved to learn of the death of my cousin Bobby. He was gracious and generous when I needed a place to live long ago. He was so gentle and loving toward my mother. A man of great kindness and compassion - he will be missed by me and countless others.
Tom McCollough
February 25, 2016
My deepest sympathy to all of you. I am John Andrews daughter and have many fond memories of Dr. McCollough including working in the office in the summer, as a patient, he kindness to Mom and Dad. I know Dad will miss his friendship very much. As Eleanor (Cunningham) stated in her remembrance. WE have lost another wonderful man. My thoughts will be with you.
Jennie Andrews Bryan
February 25, 2016
A man whose soft spoken words carried depth beyond measure. A man who lived out exactly what he believed in and has helped others do for so long. A man who took his last breath doing exactly as he had done for so many years , teaching without saying a word. Thanks for being an amazing uncle, hospice mentor, and friend.
Sarah Neal
February 25, 2016
May you rest is piece Dr. Bob. You were a wonderful and caring person.
Sharalyn Foote, Austin, Tx
Sharalyn Foote
February 25, 2016
Bobby, you were such a caring, soft spoken, compassionate man. Thank you for always being there when we needed distant medical advice and care. Love you always. May you find peace in God's loving arms.
Debbie Delk
February 25, 2016
My heartfelt sympathy for the family and friends of this extraordinary gentleman. He left his corner of the world in better shape than he found it bestowing a legacy of love, light, and learning. May we continue his work and his teachings.
Marti Gillette
February 25, 2016
Such a wonderful man who will be sorely missed. Loved his gentle manner and sense of humor.
Pat Carney
February 25, 2016
My deepest condolences to Nancy and the family for the lost of a great man and caring physician.
Don Hellard
February 25, 2016
It was a pleasure and an honor to of worked with Dr McCollugh. My thoughts and prayer go out to the family.
Rhonda D
February 25, 2016
I have such a heavy heart writing this. WE have lost another wonderful man. I have wonderful memories growing up with the McCollough family. His love and compasión to his family and friends will be missed. He was so good to us when my father passed away and now they are together!! May God wrap his arms around all of YOU. Love Eleanor Cunningham Pojer, Madrid Spain
February 25, 2016
While working with Dr Bob at the Care Center in Gainesville, he help me get the right treatment for an illness I was suffering with, for this I will always be forever grateful to having the opportunity to work with this gentle spirit...
February 24, 2016
Praying God's peace and comfort to this dear family during this difficult time. We will continue to lift you in prayer.
Pat & Melissa Campbell
February 24, 2016
Dr Bob was a great man he was compassionate and always willing to share his great knowledge and experience with others. I was blessed and honored to have worked with Dr Bob and the hospice community is diminished with his passing. My thoughts and prayers are with his family at this time.
Tony Rose
February 24, 2016
Bob McCollough was one of the nicest, most caring physicians that I had the pleasure of working with during a very long nursing career.
He listened, he cared & he acted to the best of his ability to provide patients & their families with the best that could be offered. He was respected & admired & will be missed by many. My husband Steve & I offer our condolences to Nancy & the family
Patty Middleton RN
February 24, 2016
Dr. Bob was a tremendous inspiration in my own hospice career. Much of what I taught over the course of several hospices, 12 years and over 120 employees, I learned from working and learning with Dr. Bob. He was a tremendous light in the world. Sending much love and Metta to his family and his hospice family.
Gwendolyn Burk
February 24, 2016
Dr. Bob will be missed. Our love and sympathy to the family.
Haven volunteers - Gainesville
February 24, 2016
Rest in peace Bobby. Peace and love, kindness and gentleness always radiated from you. You were a priceless gift and remain so now.
Tricia Sample
February 24, 2016
To Ms Nancy and family - I was blessed and honored to work with Dr Bob. He was a kind and patient teacher. He will be missed. My heartfelt condolences and prayers for you all during this difficult time.
Martha Rose RN Haven Hospice
February 24, 2016
Nancy, heartfelt condolences to you and your family. Bob was a wonderful neighbor, such a gentle man. We will always be grateful for when he surprised us with a midnight cactus blossom.
Michelle and Chris Ott
February 24, 2016
I light a candle in your honor Dr Bob.Such a loving ,kind soul you were .It was a blessing to work with you at Haven Hospice.
Thoughts and prayers to your family and friend's .
Tina Herring
February 24, 2016
He was a wonderful person and a dedicated doctor. He will be missed by all who knew him.
Betty Munn
February 24, 2016
Dr Bob you were a great man you were so good and kind to all.Dr Bob I use to enjoy our chats RIP sir x
Marie Fumea
February 24, 2016
I had the pleasure of working with Dr. McCollough at Haven hospice. Sending my condolences to his family. He had such a wonderful kindred spirit to everyone he worked with and to the patients and families. May he rest in peace with our Heavenly Father.
Celeste Walkup
February 24, 2016
Rest in peace Bobby. Peace and love, kindness and gentleness always radiated from you. You were a priceless gift and remain so now.
Tricia Sample
February 24, 2016
He was one of a kind in my lifetime: an unforgettable blessing to all who knew him. He made a difference for so very many; he made an enormous difference in MY world.
Gail Waldeck
February 24, 2016
Raymond Delk was generally a great judge of character, and he thought Bob was the greatest guy ever. Our sympathies to all .
DAVID CROSS
February 24, 2016
Nancy, Erin and family. Dr. Bobby (as I called him) was one of the most compassionate and caring person I have ever know. It was a situation that arose in our family many years ago that brought Erin, Dr. Bobby and Nancy into Ralph's and my life and I am so very happy and thankful that it did. We consider you, Nancy, Erin, John, Lila and Daniel part of our family before, now and forever.
Dr. Bobby you will be missed immensely but never forgotten. We love you very much and words are just not enough to express how we feel today. Rest in peace!
Carol and Ralph White
February 24, 2016
Nancy - My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. Bobby was an amazing man all the way around! He was so good to my parents and I will always be grateful for that. Keep that beautiful head up and know you have an angel looking over your now!
Kay Mainor
February 24, 2016
Bobby,
Words typed or spoken are not enough to say the things that need to be said on your behalf and what you mean to me and my family. I cherish the fond memories, the smiles and the times we got to spend together as a family. Thank you for making our world a brighter, more health and happier place!
Jim
Jim Delk
February 24, 2016
Its a sad day for us, but the heavens now have a fantastic angel. God bless the family.
Lupe Moser
February 24, 2016
Dr. McCollough took care of me right after I was diagnosed with Thyroid cancer. He was so kind. May you rest in peace.
Debbie Robertson
February 24, 2016
You were more than a brother in law. You were a part of our family for over thirty years.The love, kindness, and care you gave our mother and father was amazing. It's been less than three years since you spoke at our dads funeral, now my heart goes out to your children and grandchildren during their loss. Nancy you have been an example of true unconditional love and devotion during this time, I am so proud to call you my sister.
Laura Groce
February 24, 2016
Dear Nancy & family,
My condolences in the loss of wonderful Bob. He was such a joy to converse with when I came to your lovely home for Reiki healing sessions. My love and prayers are with you.
Juanita Townsend Frazier
Juanita T. Frazier
February 24, 2016
We love you Nance. I will never forget how he treated mama and our family during her passing at Hospice. And, his support when daddy passed away. He was so kind and compassionate. We will miss him.
Carol and Victor
February 24, 2016
Dr. McCollough was, years ago, the doctor for myself and my mother. I always appreciated his calm and compassionate manner. I know his family and friends will miss him deeply. God bless you all.
Linda Preston
February 24, 2016
I'm so very sorry about Dr McCollough's passing. He was a kind and caring doctor and will be missed
Beverly Mikell
February 24, 2016
RIP Dr Bob,you will remain in our hearts forever.
Iris Davis
February 24, 2016
Dr. Bob represented the word "Compassionate". This candle is the light you shined to others, Dr. Bob.
Patti Robar
February 24, 2016
McNan, I sorry for your lost my sympathy and prayers are with you in your time bereavement.
Aisha Miller
February 24, 2016
My deepest sympathies to the family of Dr Bob.it was my honor and privilege to work
with Dr Bob at Hospice for 15 years he was the most remarkable person I have ever known!!!! He has left this earth,but leaves a legacy of love and caring behind. He will be missed.
Iris Davis
February 24, 2016
Not only was Dr. Bob an amazing Physician, Husband, Father, Grandfather he was the most wonderful friend anyone could ever wish for. We are forever grateful to have been called "Friend" by him. Our love to the family, you are in our prayers.
Roy & Martha Davis
February 24, 2016
Erin, I am so sorry for your loss. I'm sorry I didn't know him, but he has passed his love and compassion on to his children and they are apparently, carrying on his service and good works.
Debbie Proffitt
February 24, 2016
I worked with Dr. Bob years ago with the Tri county Haven Hospice team. As a CNA, Dr. Bob always made me feel that my opinions was valuable and important during our IDT meetings. Often he would specifically ask the Home Health aides there opinion about the patient and pain. If we had concerns, we never felt intimidated by asking and talking to him. He was truly a one of a kind Doctor. I will always remember his compassion and care he gave to those patients!
Pamela Holt
February 24, 2016
My deepest condolences to the McCollough family. Dr. McCollough was the attending physician when my father passed away at Hospice 6 years ago and he was a wonderful doctor and help to our family at that time. Linda and Cynthia, our family will keep you all in our thoughts and prayers.
Tracey Bryant
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