Robert Messer, M.D.

Robert Messer

1931-2003

Robert Messer was born in Ludington, Michigan in 1931. He was an AOA graduate from the University of Michigan Medical School in 1956 and completed his residency in obstetrics and gynecology at that University in 1961.

Called to active military service, he was assigned to Wurtsmith AFB in Michigan. Bob liked to tell the story that in his early days on the Base he was stopped by the commandant's auto and admonished for not saluting the passing car. Bob then analyzed all the official publications, and read that (among other reasons) you did not need to salute the general's car if you were leading a horse. Henceforth, he said, he always carried a short piece of rope so that, if stopped, he could look around, feel the rope, and explain that he'd just lost his horse somewhere.

In 1963, after military service, Bob was recruited by the author to the University of Nebraska Medical Center as a faculty member. He was twice voted the outstanding teacher at UNMC by the senior class at the medical school. From 1971-74 he served as departmental chairman.

Bob moved to the University of New Mexico as chairman of Ob-Gyn from 1974-1984. In 1984 he moved to Texas Tech University where he participated in and was chairman of the Ob-Gyn programs at the Amarillo and Lubbock campuses until his retirement in 1987.

His first wife, Emily, died of malignancy. He remarried to his wife Diane and retired to Florida in 1990. There a brain malignancy was diagnosed in the late 1990s. After prolonged treatment his life was closed in August 2003. He is survived by his wife, three daughters, one son, and one stepson.

Bob was one of the brightest, most likeable, and science based physicians I have ever known -- a view widely shared by all who knew him.

Submitted by Warren H. Pearse, M.D.

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