Robert B Jaffe M.D.
1933 - 2020
Robert B. Jaffe, MD
Robert Benton Jaffe, MD, an internationally renowned physician died peacefully at his home on June 22, 2020, in Tiburon, CA where he lived for 46 years. A true Renaissance man, his personal and professional accomplishments were woven into the fabric of life in the Bay Area.
Bob was born in Detroit, Michigan on February 18,1933 to Jacob Jaffe, MD and Shirley Robins Jaffe. He lived in Detroit for 17 years before attending the University of Michigan where he earned his MD. He met his life-long companion and love of his life, Evelyn (Evie) Grossman in high school, whom he married in 1954. Their son, Glenn, was born in1957, and their daughter,Terri, in 1960.
Bob was an OB-GYN Intern and Resident at the University of Colorado, where he earned a Masters of Science degree. He was a postdoctoral fellow at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden in 1963. From 1964-1973 he was on the University of Michigan Faculty ,as Professor of OB-GYN before joining the UCSF OB-GYN Department as Chairman. He built the preeminent OB-GYN Department in the country. After he stepped down as Chairman, after 22 years, Bob continued to work every day for UCSF for 16 more years.
Bob was an international icon in the field of reproductive endocrinology and infertility, with remarkable career achievements for which he won numerous distinguished awards. He was an amazing educator and mentor. In his own words, " my greatest joy is to see some of my more than 80 postdoctoral fellows and 90 Reproductive Scientist Development Program scholars having such productive careers, and this fills me with great satisfaction."
Bob lived a full life with many and varied interests. He was an avid reader and loved to watch and participate in sports. He was passionately committed to the arts, and was an enthusiastic patron of the San Francisco Ballet, the Mill Valley Chamber Music Society and the San Francisco Performances for the Arts.
He was preceded in death by his brother, Stuart, and is survived by his wife, Evie, of almost 66 years of marriage, his son and daughter-in-law, Drs. Glenn Jaffe and Linda VanLe; his daughter,Terri Jaffe, and three grandchildren, Aliya, Stephanie, and Michael.
An intimate graveside service was held at Hills of Eternity Memorial on June 28, 2020. A Memorial Remembrance/Celebration of Life will be held at some The family would like to acknowledge with extreme gratitude, his UCSF doctors, Mary DeMay, MD, Professor of Neurology and Rebecca Conant, MD, Professor of Geriatrics; his longtime caregivers, Loata Takape, Tiko Tikoilakeba, and most recently, Mosese Rova who tirelessly took care of Bob 24/7 without a break for almost four months during the Covid-19; and his Sutter Hospice case manager, Jemecia Geronimo.
Robert B. Jaffe, MD was truly a "Man for the Ages" He will be lovingly missed by his family, friends, and colleagues all over the world.
Donations may be made to the Robert Jaffe Innovative Research Fund at UCSF; https://makeagift.ucsf, UCSF Foundation, P.O. Box 45339, San Francisco, CA 94145-0339 or
Belvedere/Tiburon Library Foundation Expansion Fund in memory of
Robert B. Jaffe, MD, P.O. Box 483, Tiburon, CA, 94920

Published by San Francisco Chronicle from Jul. 24 to Jul. 26, 2020.
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Through Evie i have heard so much about Robert Jaffe. To Evie and famiky my thoughts are with you. Evie i would love to connect again,
Much care
Donna Breger Stanton
September 13, 2020
My wife and I wish to extend our heartfelt sympathy to Evie and Family on the passing of Bob Jaffee a wonderful Husband,Father,Friend and scientific collaborator.Bob and I collaborated in the 1960s on fetal cholesterogenesis.It was a privilege to work with him.

Dear Evie and Family:
Our heartfelt sympathy on the passing of Bob.He was an outstanding husband,father,friend and medical researcher in reproductive endocrinology.In the 1960s,we collaborated on researching fetal cholerogenesis. It was a privilege to work with him.

Morris and Eleanor Givner
September 12, 2020
Dear Evie and Family:
Our heartfelt sympathy on the passing of passing of Robert,a wonderful Husband,Father,Friend and Collaborator in research. I was privileged to work with him on fetal cholesterogenesis in the 1960s.He made very important contributions in reproductive endocrinology.He was a wonderful human being.
Morris and Eleanor Givner
September 12, 2020
Dear Evie, I just read about Bob in J and so sorry to learn of his passing. I know this is a huge loss for you and your family. I hope to chat with you soon, but know I am thinking of you.
Donna Breger Stanton
July 28, 2020
Through the years, my parents, Jack and Florence Gaynor, would talk about a very young cousin Bob who was the ring bearer at their wedding. He never forgot.

As a young child I attended a holiday party at the home of cousins Jack and Sally Jaffe, Bob’s parents. After finishing his route on a Good Humor ice cream bicycle vehicle, he came into the house and directed all of us younger cousins in various fun activities.

When I was 12 yrs old, I attended Bob and Evie’s wedding, a beautiful event, with lifelong memories.

As a young married, I had difficulty having children; called Bob and he referred me to a colleague in NYC. I now have 3 beautiful, accomplished adult children.

And one of my children had problems having children, called Cousin Bob, and was referred to a Toronto doctor that Bob had trained. We now have 2 beautiful, bright grandchildren, 13 and 14 years old.

As a person, he was so unassuming and truly was one of a kind. He made a life-changing difference in all of our lives. It is an understatement to say he will be missed.
Joan Gaynor Greenfield
July 27, 2020
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