Robert E. Heerens ’38, M.D.

Robert died on October 19, 2014. He earned his bachelor’s degree at K in chemistry and after graduation attended medical school at the University of Alabama and Northwestern University. He earned his medical degree from Northwestern Medical School in 1944. He served as a physician in the U.S. Navy assigned to the first Marine Division in the Pacific theater. He married Martha Lysne, August 21, 1943, in Batavia, Illinois. She predeceased him on May 15, 1996. Robert was a family physician in private practice for 44 years in Rockford, Illinois, during which time he delivered 3,000 babies. He was a member of Christ Church Unity of Rockford. A highly civic-minded man, Robert received many awards for his service, and he was a member of the board of directors of many organizations. He was president of the Illinois Academy of General Practitioners, vice president of the American Academy of Family Physicians, and president of the Winnebago County Public Health System. He also served as president of the Chamber of Commerce and president of the N.W. Area Agency on Aging. He was on the initial committee that started the Center for Learning in Retirement 20 years ago. Robert was a curious, funny, avid learner and a compassionate, unfettered soul with a keen interest in cosmology, body and mind medicine, religion, and spirituality. He made personal connections with his patients that lasted well after his retirement.

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