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Dr. Robert Gingell, pediatric cardiologist

May 10, 1938 – March 11, 2014

Dr. Robert Loring Gingell, a pediatric cardiologist for 40 years in Buffalo and Jamestown, died unexpectedly Tuesday in Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital, Amherst. He was 75.

Born in Roanoke, Va., he grew up in Silver Spring, Md., and earned a bachelor’s degree from American University in Washington, D.C.

Before graduating in 1964 from the University of Maryland School of Medicine, as a senior he was an ensign in the Navy Reserve Medical Corps and spent a summer in research at Bethesda Naval Hospital.

Dr. Gingell did his internship at the University of Maryland Hospital, then entered the Navy as a lieutenant, serving for three years as a pediatrician at the hospital at the Naval Ordnance Test Station in China Lake, Calif. There he played on the station’s basketball all-star team and was elected to the local school board.

Returning from service, he took a three-year residency in pediatrics at the University of Maryland Hospital, serving as chief resident during his third year and receiving the Golden Apple Award for outstanding teaching. He then entered a fellowship in pediatric cardiology at Johns Hopkins Hospital.

From 1979 to 2000, Dr. Gingell served as director of the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory at Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo. He computerized the lab and wrote its original computer program himself.

He also was in charge of the cardiac program for the Williams Syndrome Clinic and was an associate professor of pediatrics at the University at Buffalo.

He was principal investigator on several research projects, including one with his daughter, Elizabeth “Beth,” and authored many publications, book chapters and abstracts.

He also served as pediatric cardiologist at WCA Hospital in Jamestown for 26 years and practiced with Pediatric Cardiology Associates in Buffalo.

He painted watercolors and created annual Christmas cards for his friends and family. He also donated artwork for local fundraising events.

An Eggertsville resident, he had a summer home in Chautauqua and enjoyed sailing, golfing and following University of Maryland sports.

Survivors include his wife of 49 years, the former Marjorie Towson; three daughters, Elizabeth Epstein, Loring McDonald and Robbin Zaleski; a brother, Dr. James Gingell; a sister, Elizabeth James; eight grandchildren; and a great-grandson.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday in Calvary Episcopal Church, 20 Milton St. at Cayuga Road, Williamsville.

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