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M e d i c a l R e c o R d F e at u R e

A beloved family physician
makes a difference
D

r. John Robertson didn't always
want to be a physician. The son
of a dairy farmer, Robertson, 91,
emulated the veterinarian who would take
care of the cows and horses on his parents'
farm. After graduating high school, he
helped on the family farm and worked on
the railroad. He married his high school
sweetheart, Marjorie.
A farm accident in June 1951 put
him in the hospital with a broken leg.
That injury served as a "lightning strike
moment" for Dr. Robertson.
He was fascinated by the surgery and
the actions taken by his doctors. He took
in every detail possible. A state policeman
whom he shared part of the four-bed ward
posed the question: "What are you going
to do with your life now?" It was then that
Dr. Robertson set his sights on a career in
medicine.
With the support of his wife and
growing family, he enrolled at the
University of Pittsburgh, where he would
complete his undergraduate and medical
degrees. He went on to have a successful family practice in
Kutztown, with his office located in his home, for 37 years.
"I had a wonderful practice. I enjoyed it," he said. "That was
my whole life, along with my family. I had a very good wife. She
helped me get where I am."
Dr. Robertson and Marjorie had six children. Throughout his
career, he cared for generations of families. He delivered babies and
made house calls. He looks fondly back on making a difference in
the lives of others.
For more than 25 years, he has also made a tremendous impact
with his generosity to the Foundation. His annual gifts have made

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a difference in many of our service areas,
including medical student scholarships
and the Physicians' Health Program. Most
recently, he invested in a planned gift
that complements his generosity over the
years and ensures his influence will last
generations.
"I always thought the work being done
at the PHP was commendable," he said.
"I've known some impaired physicians
who didn't get help. It would be the end
of the line for their careers."
The Foundation's Physicians'
Health Program helps eligible medical
professionals during life's most challenging
moments, guiding them to a path of
healing and wellness when substance use
disorders, or mental or behavioral health
is a concern.
Now, Dr. Robertson fills his days
with many creative pursuits, including
photography and baking. He is wellknown for his Concord grape pies.
He also enjoys swimming and playing
pinochle, and visits with family and
friends at The Highlands at Wyomissing retirement community.
To learn more about how you can make a difference just like
Dr. Robertson, contact Lori Storm, manager of philanthropy and
hospital programs, at lstorm@pamedsoc.org or call (717) 5587861. You can make a donation to the Foundation any time at
www.foundationpamedsoc.org/donate.
This article was originally published in the winter issue of
Connections. It is reprinted with permission from The Foundation
of the Pennsylvania Medical Society.


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