Herman Robbins

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Obituary

ROBBINS--Herman, M.D., October 16th, 1913-June 15th, 2008 died peacefully at his home in Great Neck, NY, surrounded by his children Karen and Philip. He was an Orthopedic Surgeon, Chairman of The Hospital for Joint Diseases (1972-1981), and Chairman of the Board of Physician's Reciprocal Insurance (1991-2008). He was passionate about medicine and his family, which included his cherished wife Sylvia, to whom he was married for 64 years, his late daughter Judith, his grandchildren Michael and Lauren, and his daughter-in-law Esther. Dr. Robbins attended Anderson Medical College, Scotland and University De Lausanne, Switzerland, graduating in 1941. During World War II he served as captain and battalion surgeon in the European theater, receiving a Purple Heart and Bronze Star for heroism. His distinguished medical career of service, education, and leadership spanned over 65 years. He was devoted to his patients, and to the many young residents he mentored. Tennis, sailing, and his beloved Yankees added to his enjoyment in life. He will be missed for his kind heart, warm sense of humor and sage counsel. Services will be held on Friday, June 20th, 1pm at Riverside-Nassau North Chapels, 55 North Station Plaza, Great Neck, NY 516-487-9600. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made payable to the NYU Hospital for Joint Diseases Herman Robbins Medical Library Fund, NYUHJD, 301 East 17th St., NY, NY 10003 Attn: Francine Mele
Published in The New York Times on June 20, 2008
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