Thursday, May 26, 2016
Robert I. Ganeles of Westport died May 24. He was 83.
Born in Far Rockaway, N.Y. in 1933, he attended HILI yeshiva, Far Rockaway High School and was a biochemistry major at Brooklyn College. He excelled at Baylor School of Medicine in Houston, Texas and completed his internship, residency and fellowship in psychiatry and was board certified in psychiatry and neurology.
He was a pioneer in the field of psychopharmacology. He was on staff at North Shore University Hospital for over 50 years, and served as the president of the medical board, supervising over 1,500 physicians, and was the first from any minor service.
He was known as the “physician’s psychiatrist” and taught through Cornell University for decades. Over his career, he was credited with saving thousands of lives. He served honorably as a captain in the U.S. Air Force from 1962 to 1964.
He never fully forgave his beloved Brooklyn Dodgers for leaving, but retained a lifelong love of baseball. He followed the Mets from the first day and read box scores daily. He loved the Jets and the Giants. He was an avid reader and expert crossword puzzler.
He was married for almost 60 years to Cely Roder, and has two children, Tami and Mara, al son-in-law, Bruce and three grandchildren, Samuel, Rayna and Lila, all Westport residents. He and Cely were their nannies and drivers, helping raise their grandchildren.
His encyclopedic knowledge, wisdom, insight, humor and charm will be missed and remembered forever with joy and love.
Shiva will take place on Sunday, May 29 from 4 to 8:30 p.m. at the Ganeles home in Westport.
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