After Princeton, he completed medical school at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Following a residency in obstetrics and gynecology at the USC Medical Center, he earned board certification in family medicine. After caring for the underserved population of Centreville, Miss., he moved to Southport, N.C., where he served the community for nearly 40 years. On the Brunswick County Board of Education, he worked to improve education for local students.
Until the end of his career, Bob made house calls on patients who were unable to come to his office. Both of his sons followed him into the health-care world and currently work for hospitals, providing care for members of their communities.
A natural teacher, raconteur, collector, and storyteller, he visited nearly every continent and some of the most remote places on Earth. In recent years, he delighted in family — especially watching his children, granddaughters, and nieces flourish — and in a quiet and consistent love of cherished friends, the seashore, scuba and snorkeling, and wood turning.
Bob is survived by his cherished companion, Jane Blood Siegfried; sons William Robert Forstner and James Dean Forstner; granddaughters Addison and Sidney; and sisters Lauriece and Linda. We joined the Forstner family and the Southport community in noting a life of commitment and meaning.