Robert ‘Bob’ O. Morgen
October 5, 2011
Robert “Bob” O. Morgen, M.D. of Austin, Texas, passed away peacefully on Oct. 2, 2011, at the age of 85.
Dr. Morgen was born on June 9, 1926 in New Orleans, La. He married Sadye “Mickey” Block Morgen on June 29, 1948 in Montreal, Canada. They were married for 43 years, until she died in 1991. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1943-1946 and was a captain in the U.S. Air Force from 1952-1954.
Dr. Morgen had a distinguished career as a professor of medicine and a practicing internist and nephrologist for more than 50 years after graduating from Western Reserve Medical School in Cleveland, Ohio. He was assistant professor of internal medicine at McGill University (Montreal, Canada) and a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians.
He was awarded the honor of serving as a Markle Scholar in the Medical Sciences from 1957-1962. From 1961-1971, he was an associate professor of medicine at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, during which time he served as chief of nephrology and of the Renal Service at Methodist Hospital in Houston. He was also the director of the Artificial Kidney and of the Kidney Transplantation Unit, and was a member of the medical team that pioneered various transplantation procedures at Methodist and St. Luke’s Hospitals in Houston.
After moving to Aspen, Colo., in 1971, he became chief of staff of Aspen Valley Hospital. He moved to Austin in 1991, where he practiced medicine until he retired in his late 70s.
Dr. Morgen is survived by three daughters, Sandra Morgen of Eugene, Ore.; Barbara Morgen of Scarsdale, N.Y., and Betsy Glen of Austin, Texas; son Richard Morgen of Denver, Colo.; his children’s spouses, Robert Long, Eric Hemel, Julie Morgen and Alan Glen; sister- and brother-in-law Carole and Morton Lipman; sister-in-law Marilyn Block; and seven grandchildren: Seth and Sarah Long, Deborah and Daniel Hemel, and Alex, Shannon and Erin Glen.
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A graveside service will be held at Beth Israel III Cemetery at Cook-Walden/Capital Parks Cemetery, 14501 North Interstate 35, Pflugerville, at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2011.
In lieu of flowers, and in honor of his lifelong devotion to medicine, the family requests that donations be made to Doctors Without Borders, 333 7th Ave., 2nd Floor New York, N.Y. 10001-5004.
To share memories of Dr. Morgen with his family, please visit http://www.cookwaldencapitalparks.com. Arrangements by Cook-Walden/Capital Parks Funeral Home, 14501 North Interstate 35, Pflugerville, Texas 78660 (512) 251-4118.