Dr. Robert Stahl Totz
1944 - 2016
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Dr. Robert Stahl Totz
Dr. Robert Stahl Totz passed away peacefully on January 11, surrounded by family and friends after a courageous battle with cancer. Born August 17, 1944 in Gonzales, Texas to Melvin and Pauline Totz. Dr. Totz, the youngest of three children, was a very gregarious child with a great thirst for knowledge, often memorizing texts as early as elementary school. Known for being entrepenurial, he would resell wholesale bubblegum at school for a sizeable profit. His love for music began at an early age. In Junior High, he was such an accomplished percussionist, he was asked to join the High School Senior band. Early in High School his family moved to Houston where Dr. Totz attended Bellaire High school. He was in the marching band and also nominated to the National Honor Society, graduating in 1962 Magna Cum Laude. He attended the University of Texas, where he was in Zeta Beta Tau fraternity and graduated Phi Beta Kappa. He continued his studies at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, graduating in 1970. His internship was at DC General Hospital in Washington, DC followed by a residency at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. After his studies he returned to Houston to begin his dermatology practice that would be his passion for the next 45 years. He was very well respected and loved by his colleagues and patients. He prided himself in carrying on the Mayo Clinic mantra of quality patient care. He had a great passion for music, art and a true love for Christmas. His annual Christmas parties were an indispensable sign of the season for those of us lucky enough to be invited to view the gorgeous decorations which he made himself. He is preceded in death by parents Pauline and Melvin Totz and friends, Paul Stanley and Cheyenne Ruangsinrassammee. He is survived by his brother Jon Totz and his wife Ellie Totz, their children Andrew Totz and his wife Alberta Totz, their children Rachael, Jacob and Ella and Dr. Kenneth Totz and his wife Margaret Totz, their children Samuel and Caroline; all of Houston. Also survived by his sister Molly Totz Johnson and her husband Brant Johnson of Concord, MA, their children Kimberly and her husband, Richard Rosenbaum and their children Lindsay, Finn, KC and Harley of Purchase, New York and their son Dr. Sean Johnson and his wife Dr. Ruta Johnson and son Morgan of Washington, DC. The funeral will be held at 1:00 PM on Thursday, January 14 at Beth Israel Memorial Gardens, 1101 Antione, Houston, TX. In lieu of flowers, we ask donations be sent to the Mayo Clinic in his honor to continue the legacy he begun.

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Published in Houston Chronicle from Jan. 13 to Jan. 14, 2016.
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July 13, 2016
I am heart broken today to find of his passing. He was a brilliant Doctor full of life and he always made me smile. May he rest in heavenly peace!
Penny Kichamu
May 23, 2016
I am deeply sadden by Bob's death. I have just found out today. I knew Bob for 30 years and I was privileged to be invited to his Christmas Party and he loved Christmas. He also had a 4th of July party that I attended. He will be missed.
Katie Gray
March 9, 2016
We are immensely saddened by his passing away. He treated us for the last twelve years, and we did not trust any other dermatologist. He was one of the jewels of the Houston physician community. May he rest in peace.
- Shivani Tiku
& Anmol Kaul
Katy, TX
Anmol Kaul
March 4, 2016
Dr. Totz treated me for almost 40 years. He was such a wonderful doctor, always solved my many weird skin conditions. His sense of humor was fantastic. He knew my liberal political views, he loved to tease me about those. He came in one day with a picture of Obama in a superman outfit attached to my chart, was waving it around waiting for me to notice. He usually said "Lordy lordy look who's here! Amazon Woman". I shall miss him, both as a wonderful humorous caring human being and a great doctor.
Sheri Lapin
February 29, 2016
Mike Reyes
February 25, 2016
Just heard the news this morning that the best Dr. I ever had passed away he would tell me to put my husband in the dog house if he didnt help me with my treatments.. always cared and had a joke or two you will be missed Dr. Totz my thoughts and prayers to his family...
mary Ag
February 9, 2016
I am heartbroken at the loss of this wonderful human being and great medical mind. I was fortunate to have known him and to be cared for by him. Truly blessed.
Kim Koydemir
January 16, 2016
To: The Tozt Family youwill always be in my prayers he is now resting in peace with the "Almighty Jesus Christ"
Theresa Delco
January 15, 2016
Have not known you since growing-up years in Gonzales, Texas, but remember most your intelligence, exuberance, dedication to a project or idea and zest for life, along with your penchant for making money during your childhood. This included selling wholesale lemons to family members for lemonade! You must have carried all your endearing traits to the end and had an abundance of friends. Wish I'd known you through those years. God bless you and keep you, you are gone too soon.
Bradley Farmer Avant
Wrightsboro, Texas
January 15, 2016
A great loss to Noah and to all who knew him personally.
Carlotta Hill, MD
January 15, 2016
I found out earlier this morning that I lost a friend and a really good doctor. My heartfelt condolences to the family and to the office staff.
Frank Kalenda
January 15, 2016
Bob and I went through derm residency at Mayo. He and I studied together. I enjoyed seeing him at our O'Leary meetings as well as the Noah meetings. He loved art and music, but especially medicine. He loved our country and was passionate about politics.
Both my wife and I will miss him!
Gabe and Mary Sciallis
Gabe Sciallis
January 14, 2016
Bob was a very special member of the Mayo Clinic Dermatology family, sharing his gift for medicine with many thousands of patients over his career. His humor and keen insights at our biennial meetings were legendary, as was his kindness and dedication. Bob leaves us with many fond memories and a legacy of warm relationships and generosity. He will sorely be missed as a colleague and friend.
Clark Otley, MD
January 14, 2016
A respected dermatology colleague. He was very likable and a valuable member of our Noah Worcester Dermatological Society. He will be missed. May his memory be a blessing.
Jeffrey Altman,MD
January 13, 2016
Wonderful passionate man and friend. You lived your life just like you wanted up to the end. You will forever be in my heart. Thank you Dr. Totz
Trudy Culp
January 13, 2016
I will forever miss his kind heart and our great conversations. He was a very intelligent friend, with a love of his practice of medicine and of the arts. Our mutual patients had such a love and respect for him, and we will miss him and his care. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.

-Mina and William
Mina and William
January 13, 2016
Will miss his care but his humor more. Such a good man.
Irene Herd
January 12, 2016
Robert Totz
Claudia Parr
January 12, 2016
We will all miss your laugh and your love for life. Claudia
Claudia Parr
January 12, 2016
We will all miss your wonderful laugh and your love of life. Claudia
Claudia Parr
January 12, 2016
We will all miss your wonderful laugh and your love of life. Your best quote"There is so much joy" Claudia
January 12, 2016
We will all miss your laugh, and your love of life. Claudia
January 12, 2016
My sweet Robert - I will love you always. Sugar
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