It is with a sad heart that I write to inform you that my longtime mentor, personal friend and friend to the Osteopathic profession passed away yesterday evening. Robert “Bob” Maurer DO died after a prolonged battle with cancer over the last few years. He was a gentleman, a statesman, and an osteopathic physician, through and through. He brought a kind, commonsense approach to his patient care and the professions fight for recognition and excellence. He was a PCOM graduate 1962, practiced family medicine and rheumatology, and was part of the team that established the school of osteopathic medicine at UMDNJ that became Rowan SOM. He worked for the school in the Department of family practice and established the Sicklerville healthcare center. In his career of that spanned more than four decades, he was a champion of the philosophy and politics of osteopathic physicians and their patients, tirelessly, until his final day. He spoke truth firmly to power, which is virtually unheard of nowadays.
He was described by his longtime friend Albert Talone DO:
“Dr. Bob was the most dedicated man to the profession, I know. His intellect, leadership and integrity were a rarity these days. I will surely miss him We have truly lost a good friend; a renaissance man of Osteopathic medicine and letters.”
The funeral will be at Temple Emanuel, 100 James Street, Edison, NJ 08820 at 12:30 pm on Thursday.
Internment Beth Israel cemetery 2:15pm.
An In Memoriam from NJAOPS includes more info about Dr. Maurers accomplished lifetime of service:
Born in Brooklyn, he completed his undergraduate education at the University of Pennsylvania in 1953 and received his doctor of osteopathic medicine at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1962. Between degrees, he served in the U.S. Navy from 1953-1958.
Dr. Maurer joined NJAOPS in 1963, and served as the 1976-1977 president. He also served the osteopathic profession as a long-time officer of the Middlesex County Osteopathic Society, the NJAOPS House of Delegates, the AOA House of Delegates and the New Jersey Osteopathic Foundation. He was recognized for his contributions as the NJAOPS 1990 Physician of the Year and Life Membership in 2002.
An outspoken advocate for osteopathic physicians and their patients, he ran for the New Jersey Senate in 1983 and the New Jersey General Assembly in 1987.
Beyond New Jersey, in 1970 he became the youngest member ever elected to the PCOM alumni board, provided long-time leadership to the American Osteopathic College of Rheumatology, and secured financial support for osteopathic medical school scholarships and continuing education as a member of the Area VII Physicians Review Organization.
Continuing his advocacy on behalf of his colleagues long after his retirement from practicing medicine, Dr. Maurer has spent the last several years pressing for a reevaluation and reform of physician evaluation and testing unless it can be proven to improve patient care.
Best wishes for good health,
Craig M. Wax, DO
National Physicians Council on Healthcare Policy member
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Rowan Radio 89.7 WGLS FM
AROC conference spring 2016. (above)
Craig M Wax DO, Robert Maurer DO, Albert Tallone DO