ROBERT "Bob" JESSE

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Dr. ROBERT LOUIS JESSE, M.D., Ph.D. "Bob"  

Passed away on September 2, 2017 at home in Richmond, VA at the age of 64. Surrounded by his loving family, he departed this life too early after a short but valiant battle with cancer. His life enriched ours and his legacy will continue to impact and inspire us all long into the future.
Bob was born in Oak Harbor, WA, the second child of Harold and Alice Jesse. A lifelong learner, his formal education included Univ. of NH, (Biochemistry, 1974), Medical College of Virginia (Ph.D Biophysics, 1980; MD 1984; Internal Medicine Residency; Cardiology fellowship).
He had an illustrious medical career as professor at MCV/VCU and Chief of Cardiology at the VA Medical Center in Richmond, VA. Ultimately he became Principal Deputy Under Secretary for Health in the U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs in Wash., DC serving as a tireless advocate for America's veterans for over 30 yrs. Despite the countless accolades for his academic expertise and visionary leadership, he remained humble, his biggest reward coming from taking care of his patients and being a mentor.
Bob was a brilliant and fascinating man - a creative thinker, enthusiastic supporter and early adopter. He was thoughtful, humble, witty and compassionate - he impacted many as a husband, father, son, brother, uncle, friend, mentor, physician, and colleague. His personal and professional interests were diverse and he approached them all with passion and expertise.
He is survived by his adoring wife of over 40 yrs., Janice; son Zachary; daughter Amber Tillman (Josh); brothers H. William Jesse, Jr. (Jessica) and Phillip Jesse (Kay); sister Mary Petersen (Robert); many loving nieces and nephews; and an entire fan club of friends and supporters.
Family will receive visitors 4 to 7 p.m., Friday, September 8, 2017, at Bliley's - Central, 3801 Augusta Ave., Richmond, VA. A service will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, September 9 at St. Mark's Episcopal, 520 N Boulevard.
A scholarship fund is being established in Bob's honor. In lieu of flowers, those wishing to do something in his memory can learn more at

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3801 Augusta Ave
Richmond, VA 23230
(804) 355-3800
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Published in The Washington Post on Sept. 6, 2017
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