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Robert Thomas Saray M.D.

1960 - 2018 Obituary Condolences
Robert Thomas Saray M.D. Obituary
October 15, 1960 - May 14, 2018 With great sadness, the family of Robert Saray, known to us as "Robi," announces his passing at age 57, on Monday, May 14, 2018, after a three-year battle with cancer. Robert was a dear friend to many and was loved by still more. He is survived by Dwayne Johnson, his partner of 24 years, his mother Eva Simon and her husband Jerry, his father Ernest Saray and wife Kathy, and brother Gregory Saray. He will be remembered by his nieces Melissa, Rachel, April, and Diane, and nephew Christopher, and in-laws Dana Robert & Martha Johnson, and Greg Gross. A Los Angeles native, Robert would travel the world and seek people and cultures to learn and explore. He was a Child and Adolescence Psychiatrist who worked in clinical and community settings to help young people overcome challenges and realize their full potential for themselves, their families, and the community. Robert started life being taught ice skating by his mother at an age when most children where learning to walk. He went forward as an adolescent with a book or two under his arm to read where ever he went, a practice continued into his adult life: he always had something to read whenever he had a chance to sit, including when sitting in the car with his partner Dwayne driving. Robert's quest for knowledge of the world and people lead him to learn different languages, and about diverse cultures, and religions. Always a deeply spiritual person, he left the US in his early 20s to deepen his understanding of Judaism in Israel where he lived on a kibbutz, attended Yeshiva, and started on the road to becoming a doctor. Even on this professional path, Robert decided to change from Family Practice, to Adult Psychiatry, to Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Robert was himself a child at heart, filled with joy creating crafts, thoughtfully finding meaningful gifts for people, or making chocolates for his co-workers in the clinics where he worked. Unfailingly generous and thoughtful, Robert's eyes were always full of wonder, always able to see goodness and unrealized potential in everyone. Robert encountered numerous people during his lifetime. He had friendships that have remained from when he was in elementary school. Robert had the ability to find something in common with strangers and connect with them. Robert's funeral is planned for Friday, May 18, 2018 at Mount Sinai Memorial Park, 5950 Forest Lawn Dr., Los Angeles, at 11:30 am.
Published in the Los Angeles Times on May 17, 2018
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