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Dr. Robert W. Hertzog, 79, retired medical pathologist

Oct. 31, 1939 – April 15, 2019

Dr. Robert W. Hertzog of East Aurora, a retired medical pathologist for Kaleida Health, died Monday in Hospice Buffalo, Cheektowaga, after a brief illness. He was 79.

Born in Danville, Pa., he grew up in Baltimore and graduated in 1963 from Morgan State College in Baltimore, now Morgan State University, with a bachelor’s degree in chemistry. After attending the University of Maryland Medical School, he joined the Army Medical Corps in 1967.

While stationed at Walter Reed Hospital in Washington, D.C., he completed residencies in anatomical and clinical pathology and forensic pathology.

Dr. Hertzog became an expert in the pathology of accidents and missile trauma and taught at Howard University, Georgetown University Law Center and George Washington University as an assistant professor of pathology.

In 1975, he was promoted to lieutenant colonel and went on to become the chief of forensic pathology at the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology.

He came to East Aurora in 1976 and joined the staff of Millard Fillmore Gates Circle Hospital as an associate pathologist, serving until he retired in 2011. He also was program director for the Millard Fillmore Hospital School of Medical Technology and an assistant clinical professor of pathology at the University at Buffalo Jacobs School of Medicine.

He was a member of the American Society of Clinical Pathologists, the American Academy of Forensic Science and the Western New York Society of Pathologists.

A lover of science and history, he was an avid book collector.

His wife of 50 years, the former Florence R. “Becky” Smoot, died in 2012.

Survivors include two sons, Brian and Brent; a daughter, Sheryl Smith; a sister, Margaret Moody, and five grandchildren.

A funeral service will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 17, in Amigone Funeral Home, 6170 W. Quaker Road, Orchard Park.

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