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Robert J. Taub

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Robert J. Taub Obituary
January 30, 1935 - July 11, 2018 Robert Jay Taub, M.D. Respected and beloved physician, husband, father, grandfather, uncle, brother, brother-in-law, cousin, friend, compassionate advisor to many grateful patients and mentor to countless colleagues, Bob Taub passed away peacefully on July 11, 2018 in the company of his supportive and loving family. He was born in 1935 in New York City, the son of Mildred and Professor Harry Taub, and completed his undergraduate work at Dartmouth College receiving his medical degree from Tufts University School of Medicine. He was board certified in Internal Medicine and Hematology/Oncology, serving with great distinction as the first Medical Director of the Cedars Sinai Medical Center (CSMC) Hospice Program, one of the first Palliative Care programs in an acute care hospital in the United States. He successfully pioneered the treatment of home-based hospice care, firmly believing that people, as they approached the end of life, should be cared for at home. At CSMC he also served as Division Chief of Hematology Oncology and as an ethics consultant in the Bioethics Program. Bob was honored as the visionary founder and board member of Our House Grief Support Center that since 1993 has provided support services, education, resources and hope, helping thousands of grieving children, teens and adults. He was a lifelong learner and, in retirement, Bob was an active participant in the Plato Society and was selected as the Chair of the Health Care Information Investigation Committee for the Los Angeles County Civil Grand Jury where he proudly served from 2013-2014. An avid sailor, he enjoyed sailing excursions that he crewed to Catalina, Hawaii and up and down the Pacific Coast. A favored destination was the Greek Isles and the Caribbean Islands. An invitation to sail with Bob will always remain a very fond and special memory. He took great pleasure in generously sharing his sailing skills with his children and grandchildren as well as his many sailing guests. As a runner, he enthusiastically participated in many 10K races. Bob assumed leadership roles in his Venice Canals community, serving on the board and organizing holiday block parties for the enjoyment of everyone. Bob was thoughtful, patient, kind, dedicated, considerate, loving, modest, generous and he possessed a ready and quick wit. He will be remembered for always treating all people fairly, justly, and with respect. He had the ability, in a relaxed and calm manner, to put issues of the day in perspective, both philosophically and practically. He personally enjoyed, sharing with his then young children, the challenge of building from scratch, using mail order kits, to produce a reel to reel tape player and a personal computer fully programmed so the family could play Pong. He is survived and will be remembered and sorely missed by his wife of 59 years, Tama, his daughters Lisa, Hilary (Maurice Murphy), and Kara (Andy Hoyer), son Dr. Harry Taub (Dr. Julie Taub), grandchildren Millie Rose, Clara and Grace, sister Sylvia Bernstein-Tregub (Burt Tregub), sister-in-law Gail, brother-in-law Mark Alcott (Cantor Susan), many nieces and nephews, and a host of dear friends and colleagues. Bob's family requests that it would be most meaningful for contributions to be made to Our House Medical Education Program in honor of Dr. Robert Taub to perpetuate and honor his memory. Our House Grief Support Center 1663 Sawtelle Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90025 310-473-1511 www.ourhouse-grief.org Funeral services will be conducted on Sunday at 2:00 p.m. at Hillside Memorial Park 6001 W. Centinela Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90045
Published in the Los Angeles Times from July 14 to July 15, 2018
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