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In Memory of

Robert Glen Zwerdling

January 21, 1942 - September 12, 2016

Obituary


Robert G. Zwerdling passed away early Monday, September 12, 2016 in Boston of metastatic prostate cancer. He was 74 years old.


A gifted physician and teacher, Bob worked at UMass Memorial Medical Center for 33 years as a pediatric pulmonologist, professor of pediatrics in the UMass Medical School, and director of the Pediatric Pulmonary Medicine and Cystic Fibrosis Center. He was an active member of the Greater New England Pediatric Pulmonary Consortium and published several papers on the treatment of childhood asthma and cystic fibrosis.


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Robert G. Zwerdling passed away early Monday, September 12, 2016 in Boston of metastatic prostate cancer. He was 74 years old.


A gifted physician and teacher, Bob worked at UMass Memorial Medical Center for 33 years as a pediatric pulmonologist, professor of pediatrics in the UMass Medical School, and director of the Pediatric Pulmonary Medicine and Cystic Fibrosis Center. He was an active member of the Greater New England Pediatric Pulmonary Consortium and published several papers on the treatment of childhood asthma and cystic fibrosis.


Bob was born on January 21, 1942 in Detroit. That day's Detroit Free Press reported on the first meeting of the War Production Board, an agency to assist Allied efforts in World War II, and a bill to remove nickel from the five-cent piece that was introduced in Congress. Bob's parents, Abraham Zwerdling and Thelma (Chasman) Zwerdling were active in the labor movement and Democratic Party circles in Michigan.


Bob graduated from the University of Michigan in 1963 and Wayne State University School of Medicine in 1967. He volunteered for service in the United States Army in 1970 and was assigned to Fort Devens in Massachusetts where he worked as a pediatrician for children of Army personnel.


Survivors include his wife of 41 years, Vicki (Stein) Zwerdling, of Boston; his son Alexander and daughter-in-law Alexandra Lewin-Zwerdling, of Washington, DC; his daughter Hilary and son-in-law Nicholas Papas, of Washington, DC; his sister, Janet Weiswasser Michaelson; and grandchildren, Sam Papas, Eva Papas, Nava Zwerdling, and Tali Zwerdling, who called him Pop Pop.


A pianist in his youth, Bob began classical guitar lessons two years ago and spent hours practicing scales and etudes, and playing duets with his teacher and friends. He said playing music was the best therapy he received for his difficult illness.


Memorial service details are forthcoming. Memorial contributions may be made to the Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Van Allen Laboratory, 450 Brookline Ave, Boston, MA 02215; and the MGH Prostate Cancer Research Fund, c/o Dr. Matthew Smith, Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center, 55 Fruit Street, Boston, MA 02114.