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Robert Ayres Furman ’46

Published in Feb. 26, 2003, issue

Bob died Sept. 21, 2002, at University Hospital in Cleveland, Ohio.

Born in Newark, N.J., he captained the basketball team at Phillips Exeter Academy and entered Princeton in June 1942. Son of Benjamin 1906, nephew of John '13, and brother of John '42, Bob played football, basketball, and baseball, leaving for the Army in Nov. 1943. He attended Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons, from which he graduated in June 1947. After two years as an Air Force doctor, he studied psychiatry in Cleveland, where he later established the Center for Research in Child Development. Together with his wife of 48 years, the late Erna Furman of Vienna, Austria, he developed the Hannah Perkins Center for psychiatric treatment for young children.

Bob was author of many papers and books, most on psychiatry, traveled widely with his family, and enjoyed a 56-acre rural country home. He leaves his daughters, Lydia F. Peter '79 and Tanya F. Larson '82, and three grandchildren. To them the class extends its deep sympathy.

The Class of 1946

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