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Robert Wilson Weber

KSAL StaffMay 14, 2018

Robert Wilson Weber, M.D. was born July 31, 1926 at Bell Memorial Hospital (original University of Kansas Medical Center) in Kansas City, Kansas. He died on May 11, 2018.

He was the son of Clarence Jacob Weber, M.D. and Marian Smith Weber. He graduated from Shawnee Mission Rural High School in 1943. He served in the Navy in the V-12 program and as a medical corpsman. He was a member of Beta Theta Pi fraternity at the University of Kansas. He graduated from The University of Kansas Medical school in 1949 and was a member of the honorary medical society, Alpha Omega Alpha. He interned at the University of Wisconsin hospital and then served as a medical officer in the Navy from 1950 to 1952 with NAMRU #4. This unit was established to study streptococcal diseases and rheumatic fever. It made a significant impact on reducing the incidence of rheumatic fever and rheumatic heart disease.

He returned to the University of Kansas Medical Center and completed a residency in internal medicine in 1954. He became the first chairman of the Infectious Disease service in the internal medicine department. He moderated the scientific program of the first national officers meeting of the Academy of Family Practice in 1955. He assisted in planning and moderating this program for the next 30 years.

In 1961 he started his practice of internal medicine in Salina. He was a member of the Saline County Medical Society, Asbury and St. John’s hospital staff and served as president. He was a fellow of the American College of Physicians and a Diplomat of the American Board of Internal Medicine.

He married Patricia Ann Strang on June 14, 1949 at St. Andrews Episcopal Church in Kansas City, Missouri and they would have celebrated their 69th anniversary next month. In Salina he was a member of Christ Cathedral Episcopal Church and served as senior warden of the vestry. He served on the boards of the Salina Art Center, Child Care Aware of Kansas, St. John’s Military School and the Salina Regional Health Foundation. He was a member of the Salina Country Club and served as president. He was an original member of the Smoot Charitable Foundation and served as president for many years. He was a member of the Gridiron Club of Salina.

He was a preceptor for medical students while practicing in Salina and enjoyed teaching physical diagnosis in the KU School of Medicine Salina after retiring from practice.

He is survived by his sister, Jane Symington, Kansas City; by his wife, Patricia, who shared his enjoyment of traveling, theater, and sports; daughter Carol Linnens, Cedar Point, Kansas; sons William, San Francisco; John, Salina; and Joseph, Chicago, four grandchildren and five great grandchildren.

Memoriall Services will be held at Christ Cathedral Episcopal Church, 138 S. 8th, Salina, KS. at 11:00 am on Tuesday, May 15th.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that donations be made to the KU Endowment, Robert W Weber Scholarship Fund of the Salina KU School of Medicine or to Christ Cathedral Episcopal Church, Salina.

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