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HARVEY, Robert C.

HARVEY - Robert C., M.D.
August 5, 1925 - October 21, 2013 Dr. Robert C. Harvey, a retired anesthesiologist and a highly respected member of the Buffalo medical community for almost 40 years until his retirement in 1988, died October 21, 2013 in Hospice in Venice, Florida after suffering a stroke. He was 88 at the time of his death. Born and raised in Hemlock, New York, Dr. Harvey received a B.A. from the University of Rochester in 1946 and his M.D. from the University at Buffalo School of Medicine in 1949. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1943-1945 and the U.S. Naval Reserve from 1945-1952 before being recalled to active duty as U.S. Naval Medical Officer 1952. He then served in Korean Conflict stationed in Inchon Harbor aboard the hospital ship USS Haven from 1953-1954. Dr. Harvey was one of the Founding members and partners of Anesthesia Associates of Buffalo in 1951 and, upon his return from Korea, resumed his medical practice at Buffalo General Hospital and Children's Hospital of Buffalo. He was certified by the American Board of Anesthesiology in 1956 and held the following positions throughout his distinguished career in Buffalo: Clinical Professor of Anesthesiology, SUNY at Buffalo; Attending Anesthesiologist - Buffalo General Hospital; Vice Chairman, Department of Anesthesia, Children's Hospital of Buffalo; Director of Obstetrical Anesthesia, Children's Hospital of Buffalo, where he pioneered the use in Western New York of epidural anesthesia during child birth. He was also a life member of the Erie County Medical Society, New York State Medical Society and American Society of Anesthesiologists. Dr. Harvey retired in 1989 following stroke and relocated to Venice, Florida with his wife, Ellie, where they lived together until his death. Dr. Harvey was an avid golfer, tennis player and bridge player. He was a member of: Cherry Hill Club, Ridgeway, Ontario 1966-1989 where he served on the Board of Directors from 1976-1978 and 1984-1986 and as Club President 1984-1986; Buffalo Tennis and Squash Club from 1965-1988; and Plantation Golf and Country Club from 1989 to the time of his death. Survivors include his wife of 64 years, the former Eloyce Lacey; two sons, Timothy R. Harvey of Staffordshire, England and Thomas R. Harvey of East Aurora, New York; his brother, Richard G. Harvey of Venice, Florida; and three grandchildren: Colby M. Harvey, T. Connor Harvey and R. Maxwell Harvey. Dr. Harvey was predeceased by his daughter, Susan A. Harvey in 1973. Donations to Tidewell Hospice, Inc., Sarasota, Florida will be appreciated.

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