Robert Bernard Pittelkow M.D.
1923 - 2016
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Pittelkow, M.D. Robert Bernard Born 19 Feb 1923 in Milwaukee, Robert entered into eternal life 26 Mar 2016 in Mequon. Resident of Newcastle Place. Survived by and beloved husband of Barbara Jean (nee Thomas) of 69 years. Son of Herbert and Cecelia, brother of the late Donald (Clara). Survived by sons Dr. Mark Pittelkow, M.D (Gail) of Scottsdale, AZ and US Navy Captain (Retired) David Pittelkow (Leslie) of Addy, WA; and daughters Mrs. Susan Schmidt (Greg (Deceased)) of Edgar, WI and Mrs. Mary Moutry of West Bend; 14 grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren (so far ), and many nieces, nephews, and cousins. Graduated from West Allis Central High School (1941), and attended Marquette University (1941-1943), before being called to military duty. Served proudly in the United States Navy (1943-1946), and was a combat veteran of World War II in the Pacific Theater aboard USS LATIMER (APA-152) where he was assigned as Assistant Engineering Officer. Participated in the battle of Leyte Gulf, and the invasion at Lingayen Gulf, in the Philippine Islands; and the invasion of Okinawa, Japan. Awarded the Combat Action Ribbon, various campaign, service, and occupation medals, and 3 Battle Stars. Following the war, he graduated from Marquette University School of Medicine (1952), interned at Columbia Hospital (1952-1953), fellowship in Dermatology at the Mayo Foundation Graduate School of Medicine, Rochester, MN (1953-1956), received his M.S. degree in Dermatology at the University of Minnesota (1956) and became board certified in 1958. Dr. Pittelkow returned to Milwaukee and served in private practice (1956-1990), and at St Mary's Northpoint, Aurora Medical, Brown Deer, and Quad/Med, West Allis (1990-2007). He was also an active member of the attending staff of Columbia (incl. Board of Governors of Medical staff), St. Mary's, St. Michael's, Milwaukee Lutheran and St. Joseph's hospitals. His astute clinical skills, compassion and devotion to the patient gave him immense satisfaction. He also received great pleasure in teaching students, residents and all medical professionals throughout his long career in medicine spanning greater than fifty years. Dr. Pittelkow was appointed an Assistant Clinical Professor of Dermatology as well as Occupational Medicine at Marquette University, School of Medicine in 1961 and continued to serve faithfully in this capacity at the Medical College of Wisconsin, where he was awarded the Distinguished Clinical Professor of Dermatology at the Medical College in 2010. Dr. Pittelkow was also a distinguished member of the Walter Zeit Society of the College. Dr. Pittelkow continued to maintain his strong, active participation in the Mayo Clinic Alumni Association, The Doctors Mayo Society and the O'Leary Dermatology Society of Mayo Clinic. In 2009, he was the recipient of the 4th Annual William Reed, MD Memorial Honored Alumnus Award from Mayo Clinic, Department of Dermatology, Rochester, MN. Dr. Pittelkow coordinated and participated in many clinical trials and clinical research studies, presented lectures, and was affiliated with many professional societies, university educational activities, and community services as well as the Wisconsin and Chicago Dermatology Societies. He was Past President of: Milwaukee County Medical Society; Wisconsin Dermatological Society; Noah Worchester Dermatological Society; and Blue Shield of Wisconsin. He was also Medical Director of Master Lock Corporation, Chairman of the Medical Advisory Board of the Lupus Society of Wisconsin, and a distinguished member and Historian of the American Dermatological Association. As an active member of the American Academy of Dermatology as well as the Dermatology Foundation, he served a number of leadership roles during the formative years of these professional organizations. Dr. Pittelkow gave unselfishly of his time and talents over many years to the YMCA, the Milwaukee Boys Club, Rotary Club of Milwauke, S.A.S.S.I. of Milwaukee Academy, and the Heritage Trust Board of Directors. He enjoyed travel, photography, philately, numismatics, golf (he first picked up a club at age 70), fowl hunting, and family activities. In addition to the many accomplishments above, he could tell a joke with the best! He loved, and was loved by patients, friends, family, especially his grandchildren who affectionately called him Pop-Pop. A respected member of the community, he will be missed and remembered fondly by all who knew him. His family expresses their heartfelt gratitude to their great neighbors and staff at Newcastle Place, Rev. John Moore, the Highlands Health Center, and the excellent nursing staff and aids. In lieu of flowers the family requests that memorials be directed to: Dermatology Research, Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI or Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN He was a great man, and he lived a wonderful life. As they say in the Navy: He had a "Good run!" "I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith." 2 Timothy 4:7 A celebration of life and inurnment at Crossroads Presbyterian Church in Mequon will be conducted on 23 Apr 2016, with visitation at 10 AM, and a memorial service with full military honors at 11 AM. Schmidt & Bartelt Funeral and Cremation Service Mequon (262) 241-8005
Published by Milwaukee Journal Sentinel on Apr. 3, 2016.
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My name is Nancy Julien (Walton). I was a Nurse for Dr. Pittlekow 1964-1969 - and then again in 1977 - I would come and help out from the Madison area one day a week. I was working for Dr. Pittelkow when my husband died in a car accident in 1979. I continued to work for him for a few months. Those were Wonderful Years in my life. I thoroughly enjoyed working for and with Dr. Pittelkow. He was my Boss and my Friend. Nancy
February 22, 2017
You were known to many and will be missed by all.
Craig Zinda
April 12, 2016
I have had the privilege and honor of a many decades association with the Pittelkow family, and to each of his children, and especially to Barbara, I extend my heartfelt condolences on the loss of your beloved father and husband.

Dr. Pittelkow was a kind and caring man of unimpeachable integrity with an irrepressible sense of humor. His stoicism during his latter years bespoke the courage that made the man. I will never forget the charity he extended to me as an impecunious student; he never would accept my offer of payment for his rendition of medical services.

An accomplished, selfless man devoted to his family, his memory will continue to inspire all those with whom he crossed paths.

Requiescat in Pace [Rest in Peace], Dr. Pittelkow.
Craig Zinda
April 12, 2016
I will always remember Dr Bob ,his smile and laughter,his sense of humor,it was an honor to have taken care of him for over 10 yrs..when he was asked what he wanted to drink he would always say"whiskey"with a big grin.may he rest in peace.
Sue Kreiter
April 6, 2016
Rest in Peace
Dr. Robert Pittelkow , M.D. and my
Sincere Sympathy to the Pittelkow Family
I have very fond memories of my days as a Medical Assistant primarily at the East Wisconsin Avenue Wells Bldg. Office and occasionally the Silver Spring Office.... I had one incident where he gave me a check for the amount he was overcharged on a phone bill that I noticed to be wrong and I had disputed it ... It wasn't about the money it was about the principle of the matter ... I admired his strong moral ethical values as a practicing physician and the care he provided.
Jackie M. Wanzer, BSN RN
Jackie Wanzer
April 5, 2016
Doctor Pittelkow was my dermatologist years ago when I had several serious bouts with poison ivy. I have such fond memories of how nice and caring he was. He will be dearly missed by many.

Lori Ott
Lori Ott
April 4, 2016
What a wonderful story of Bob's rich life -- and salutes to Barbara for maintaining such love, care and dignity for Bob during the last years ~

Love --

April 4, 2016
Barbara and Family;
It was with sadness that I read about Dr. Bob's passing this morning. I had the pleasure of enjoying dinner with the two of you two years ago at the Armed Forces Dinner; it was a pleasant visit after too many years of missed contact. I remember that he was so very proud of his family and spoke more of them than his own accomplishments as a Naval Officer and his distinguished medical career. Very humble man; and I was proud to know him as a shirt-tail relative native with shared ancestry from the Pommern Provence of Prussia.
May God bless his family with wonderful memories.
Jim Pittelkow
April 3, 2016
A fine man, talented physician and model friend to many, Dr. Bob will long be remembered. I smuggled his favorite brandy in a brown paper bag into Newcastle and he howled with laughter. Dr. Bob gave sensitive care to our mutual dear one, Helen Abram, and now they can dance to a swing band tuning up for him in his new home.


April 3, 2016
He was my favorite doctor! He had a sense of humor and cured my skin problems. He was a wonderful dermatologist!
Marita Prendergast
April 3, 2016
I remember one of the kindest Doctor's I have ever known. I worked in Microbiology dept. at Columbia Hospital for 20 years and
remember him well. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Mary Ellen Gardner
April 3, 2016
May your many happy memories bring you comfort.
Mrs. Al Schrager
April 3, 2016
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