Bob came to us from Northwestern High School in Hyattsville, Md., and was valedictorian of his class. At Princeton he majored in Russian and wrote his thesis on Chekhov. Subsequently, Bob went to Harvard Medical School, graduating in 1966, and then completed his residency at Massachusetts General Hospital.
His long career was remarkable, as a neurosurgeon at Mass General and a researcher, author, and teacher directing neurological and stroke training elsewhere. He authored, co-authored, or edited more than 160 neurosurgery publications. A legendary doctor, Bob was also known as humble and kindhearted in his relationship with patients. Bob relocated in 1993 to the Berkshires in western Massachusetts.
In Boston, Bob and Barbara Roy met and married. They became parents of Wyatt and Eve. Bob and Barbara later divorced. Tragically, Eve predeceased them in 2005. In 1987 Bob and Mary Woodson were married. Mary died in 2016.
After retiring, Bob continued his life of service. After Eve died, Bob and Barbara, who had remained friends, established in her honor Eve’s Fund, dedicated to supporting the Navajo Nation, providing medical literacy and wellness resources and helping more than 60,000 children.
Bob will be fondly remembered by many. The class extends its sympathy to his entire family.