Obituary: Robert D. Gardner

March 29, 2011

The IFPD has informed PACM of the passing of Robert “Bob” Gardner. Bob Gardner, 85, a former psychiatrist and Executive Director of the Central VA Community Services Board, died December 7 at Westminster Canterbury. Memorial Service was held December 10, at Agudath Sholom Synagogue.
Dr. Gardner was also known as Dr. Nostalgia, a purveyor of antiques and collectibles, most notably postcards and paper memorabilia. Bob Gardner was born and raised in Trenton, New Jersey, but moved to Virginia to attend the University of Virginia in 1943 and thereafter made Virginia his home. During World War II, he served in the United States Army Medical Corps. Dr. Gardner attended UVA Medical School, served at the VA hospital in Roanoke, taught at UVA medical school and opened a private practice in Lynchburg in 1960. From 1972 to 1985 he was Executive Director and then Clinical Director of Chapter 10 Mental Health services for the state of Virginia, and then returned to private practice until his retirement in 1990. He was active in community affairs, volunteering at the Fine Arts Center Theater, Lynchburg Museum, and the Mental Health Association. He was honored in 2007 by the VCCJ with its Humanitarian Award. In addition, he was president of the International Federation of Postcard Dealers, and, as a member of the Brotherhood of Agudath Sholom Synagogue, managed the annual Jewish Food Fair for 15 years. He was also a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association.
To those of us in the world of collecting, we knew Bob as a true “gentleman and scholar.” We will all miss him very much.


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