Robert Joseph Gardner

Robert Joseph Gardner, 83, a retired thoracic surgeon, died Monday, Dec. 24, 2007 at Grand Oaks Assisted Living in Washington, D.C.

He was born in Barrington, Ill. to Anthony J. Gardner and Elizabeth J. Gardner, and served in the U.S. Navy during World War II.

He graduated from Washing-ton State University with a bachelorís degree in 1947, and received his medical degree from North-western University in 1951.

After his internship at Cook County Hospital in Chicago, he went into private general practice in Menomonie, Wis. for six years.

In 1958, he returned to Northwestern University for his residency, specializing in thoracic surgery.

Dr. Gardner had a 10-year career with the West Virginia Medical Center in Morgantown, W.Va., beginning as a fellow in thoracic surgery and serving as professor of surgery from 1975-78.

He then went into private practice in surgery in West Bend until his retirement in 1995.

Dr. Gardner was a fellow of the American College of Surgeons, a member of the Central Surgical Association, the Society of Thor-acic Surgeons, the American As-sociation of Thoracic Surgeons and the American Medical As-sociation.

He was a noted expert on abdominal aortic aneurysms.

Survivors include three daughters, Susan Gardner of Pitts-burgh, Pa., Nancy Gardner Har-grave of Thurmont, Md. and Julie Gardner Withrow of Leesburg, Va.; and four grandchildren, Jason Robert Withrow, Alex Gardner Withrow, Tara Hargrave and Stacey Guard.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 49 years, Mary Rickley Gardner of Lansdale, Pa.

Contributions in his memory may be made to the Northwestern University Medical School.