Robert Gilbert

Robert Gilbert

Robert Gilbert August 4, 2010 Robert Gilbert, 85, died at home in Ithaca, NY, on Aug. 4, after a 10-year battle with Lewy Body disease. Born and raised in Chicago, he served in the Philippines in the Army-Air Force and then attended the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, first in engineering and later in pre-med. In Chicago he attended the University of Illinois Medical School and interned at Cook County Hospital. In 1953 he came to Syracuse to finish his residency in internal medicine at SUNY Upstate Medical Center, where he remained as a professor specializing in pulmonary function for nearly 50 years, attaining emeritus status in 1999. He wrote nearly 100 research papers and mentored numerous students and residents. He was adored by all for his quiet kindness and respect for other people, as well as his subtle sense of humor. He was passionate about tennis and also enjoyed biking, cross-country and downhill skiing, and hiking. His other hobbies included woodworking, reading murder mysteries and programming computers--he wrote all his own programs in BASIC to analyze his data. He lived in Fayetteville for 46 years and moved to Ithaca recently to be near his daughter. Robert was predeceased by his wife of 52 years, Virginia E. Gilbert, and is survived by his daughter, Sandy Podulka, son-in-law Bill, and granddaughter Lisa, all of Ithaca. Robert was cremated, and his ashes will be distributed as he requested. A memorial service may be held in Syracuse in the spring of 2011. Contributions: Physicians for Social Responsibility, 1875 Connecticut Ave, NW, Suite 1012, Washington, DC 20009 or Doctors Without Borders, 333 Seventh Avenue, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10001.

 
Published in Syracuse Post Standard on October 10, 2010

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