Robert L.'s Story
ALBANY - Robert L. Friedlander, MD, 82, passed away peacefully on May 22,2016, in Albany.
Bob was born in Detroit on Nov. 9, 1933, to Samuel David and Esther Engel Friedlander and grew up surrounded by first and second generation family from Germany and Romania.
After graduating from Wayne State University (1955) and Wayne State University College of Medicine (1958), Bob completed a medical internship at Mount Zion Hospital in San Francisco and began his residency at Chicago Lying-In Hospital, where he met his future wife, Mary Louisa Cloon, a Northwestern University and Wesley Memorial Nursing School graduate,and clinical nurse at Chicago Lying-In.
Bob and Mary Lou were married in Ironwood, Michigan, on Nov. 27, 1960, and settled immediately in Norfolk, Virginia, where Bob, a
naval medical officer serving with the Sixth Fleet, rejoined his ship the USS James C. Owens, then touring the Mediterranean.
After two years of active service, Bob and Mary Lou moved to Albany, when a former mentor asked Bob to join him at Albany Medical Center Hospital. Bob served as instructor and chief resident in Obstetrics and Gynecology before taking a leave of absence to accept a postdoctoral
fellowship in steroid biochemistry at the University of Utah in Salt
Lake City. Returning to Albany, Bob's obstetrical-gynecological
practice and professorship specialized in managing difficult pregnancies
and fertility enhancement.
He was instrumental in helping couples have children, and was exceptionally proud of this work and of his work with medical students
and young physicians.
In 1974, Bob was named an Assistant Dean at the AlbanyMedical College, and in 1980, Dean and President of the College; a role he held
for nine years. Bob also contributed to the growth of and held several roles in the nascent Albany Medical Center, and later served as
Vice Chancellor of Union University and on the Accreditation Council for
Graduate Medical Education.
Bob loved spending time in Cooperstown. He initially knew more people than his daughter, Suzan, because of his colleagues and former students at Bassett Hospital, and he loved following the incredible swimming career of his daughter, Rebecca.
Bob was a talented and avid photographer from a young age, loved the early Tigers, adored the arts and had an incredible sense of
Predeceased by his brothers-in-law, Joe Cohen and Bill Cloon, Bob is survived by his wife of 55 years, Mary Lou; daughters, Suzan and Rebecca; sister, Margaret Cohen; sister-in-law, Nony
Cloon; nephews, Dan (Wendy) Cohen, David (Michelle Kaplan) Cohen,
and Greg (Missy) Cloon; and niece, Alicia (Jeff) Lynn. Bob was especially proud of his great-nephews, Phillip Lynn, Griffin Lynn, Joshua Cohen, Sam Cohen, William Cloon and Robert Cloon; great-niece, Olivia Cohen; and canine great-nephew, Rocky. He really enjoyed
their time together.
Bob and his family especially thank the physician's assistants, nurses and technicians at St. Peter's Hospital Intensive Care Unit, 4
McAuley and Community Hospice.
Donations to honor Bob and his commitment to young professionals may be
made in his name to the Albany Medical College Deans Discretionary Fund, [Albany Medical College, 43 New Scotland Avenue, MC 119, Albany, NY 12208; attention of Molly Nicol at firstname.lastname@example.org] or
Glimmerglass (Opera) Festival [The Glimmerglass Festival, P.O. Box 191, Cooperstown, NY 13326; attention of Corey Catton at email@example.com; write "Friedlander Fund for Young Artists" in check memo].
The family will be planning a celebratory gathering sometime in the future.
Published on June 23, 2016