Robert Lee Mittendorf, MD, DrPh, 71, passed away from the expression of a genetic disorder, alpha-1 anti-trypsin. He is survived by his son, Jeffery David Mittendorf (Chandler, AZ); his daughter-in-law, Jennifer Triant (Chandler, AZ); his son, Robert William Mittendorf (Claremont, CA); his daughter, Inga Mittendorf (New Orleans, LA); and his three grandchildren, Aaron Andrew, Kyra Amanda, and Shaun Anthony Mittendorf (Chandler, AZ). His wife, Dr. Peggy Herschel passed in 2004.
Dr. Mittendorf was a physician, clinician, and medical researcher. Most recently, he was Professor, Emeritus at Loyola University Medical School in Chicago, where he was a clinician and medical educator (Faculty Member of the Year).
Other research awards include Excellence in Teaching of the Association of Professors of Gynecology and Obstetrics (Lifetime Achievement Award), Certificate of Merit and the Central Prize Award of the Central Association of Obstetrics and Gynecology. He is also the author of more than 100 citations of the National Library of Medicine.
At the University of Chicago, Dr. Mittendorf was the Director of Health Studies and the recipient of the Golden Apple Award for excellence in resident teaching. In addition, he was known for his nearly ten-year collaboration with Robert Fogel, 1993 Nobel Laureate in economics at the Center for Popular Economics at the University of Chicago.
As a researcher, Dr. Mittendorf worked with the United Cerebral Palsy Research Foundation in its attempt to solve the problem of cerebral palsy; he was Project Director of the Collaborative Breast Cancer Study at the Harvard School of Public Health; Scientific Advisor for the North America Anti-Epilepsy Registry at Massachusetts General Hospital; and recipient of numerous awards by the National Institutes of Health.
At the Harvard School of Public Health, Dr. Mittendorf was a Founding Member of the Leadership Council and Volunteer Chair of the Alumni Association.
In terms of personal matters, Dr. Mittendorf wants his family, friends, and colleagues to know that he feels fulfilled in life.
A funeral service will be held at the First Parish Milton – Unitarian Universalist Church, 535 Canton Avenue, Milton, MA 02186 on Saturday, December 13th at 1 P.M. Relatives and friends kindly invited. Visiting hours will be held at Dolan & Chapman Funeral Home, 5 Canton Avenue, Milton Village from 4-7 PM on Friday. Interment at Milton Cemetery.