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Robert A. Fink, M.D., F.A.C.S.

January 17, 1938 - January 23, 2016
St. Perpetua Church
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Sunset View Cemetery Association
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On January 23, 2016, Berkeley’s pioneering neurosurgeon, Robert A Fink, MD, FACS, 78, died with family at home, following a long struggle with prostate cancer. Bob was born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland, where he was known as “Robbie” “The Walking Encyclopedia”. A 1961 graduate of University of Maryland’s Medical School in Baltimore, he completedContinue Reading

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Richard Moss left a message on December 12, 2022:
If this reaches anyone after these years… I was a young intern and then ER doc in Berkeley who had the blessing of meeting Dr Fink. He was always present, good hearted and helpful to me. He operated on a good friend of mine in the 80’s and when I saw him before the day before the surgery he seemed very tired. I urge him to get rest and he took my observation well. He had real humility
Fritz Miller left a message on January 30, 2016:
1.well so many positive memory of Robert Fink brother-in-law who married and divorced my sister Georgia Jackman Hildegard Miller. Brother Robert helped Georgia pass on from cancer of pancreas in a state of forgiveness and healing that allowed their daughter Robin to succeed in life with love not bitterness for both parents. 2. Brother Robert diagnosed my father with Parkinsons and provided expert treatment allowing him to live a good life for many years. 3. We both are Vietnam era army veterans and shared experiences. 4. I remember Robin's graduation from Reed where Bob and the rest of the gang had such a nice experience 5. whenever Jackie and I went to San Francisco it was always so much fun palling around with brother Robert. 6. Bob loved Cadillacs and their panache and convinced Eileen to love them too. 7. I asked brother Robert why he chose the Catholic Church. Well he said I have a scientific side and I also mystical side. The Catholic Church fills that. 8. When Bob wanted to marry sister Georgia he asked her what church she wanted to get married in. Not Lutheran she said. How about church of religious since where she had briefly studied for the ministry. Too Positive she said. So they both decided on the Catholic Church. In the marriage ceremony no one present was catholic so the priest had to explain the service. 9. Although both Georgia and Bob initially had a rocky divorce in the end before Georgia passed on a great healing took place because both Bob and Georgia were spiritually strong enough to heal their differences.
cecily marcus left a message on February 1, 2016:
Bekka and family, I am so sorry for this great loss. I hope you find much comfort in each other and all your loved ones. --Cecily Marcus
Chris Tse left a message on February 4, 2016:
We came across Bob in an online discussion group for brain tumor patients not long after my wife Lynda was diagnosed with a glioblastoma multiforme in 2006. Bob helped many brain tumor patients from around the world by answering their questions about brain tumors, from topics such as managing symptoms to choosing treatment options. He was the only clinician who regularly participated on the list and his support and advice was highly regarded by patients. In 2008 we were fortunate to meet Bob and Ilene when they visited our home town of Wellington, New Zealand. On a visit to the National Museum of New Zealand, Bob was offered one of the complimentary mobility scooters to try out. After taking a few minutes to become accustomed to the controls, he soon got the hang of it and by the end of the afternoon was an expert driver. I am sure Bob got just as much enjoyment from riding the mobility scooter around the museum than observing the actual exhibits! We were delighted to meet up with Bob and Ilene again in 2013, when Lynda and I visited California where we enjoyed a lovely dinner and evening together. In 2014, I did an interview with Bob for “Brain Tumour” magazine, which can be read online here: http://issuu.com/ibta-org/docs/ibta-2014/c/sphie47 It was with great sadness that we learned of Bob’s passing and we send Ilene and family our love and condolences. Chris Tse (Senior Advisor, International Brain Tumour Alliance)
Ragna Boynton left a message on February 5, 2016:
To Ilene, Deb, Bekka, Rena, and Robin, My heart goes out to all of you for the loss of this beautiful man in your lives. He was definitely "one-of-a-kind" in personality and professionally. I looked up to him for his intelligence, commitment to medicine, and always working to make the world a better place for everyone, including across racial and socioeconomic divides. Ragna Boynton ("Doctor Ronnie")
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Rebecca Abrams left a message on February 3, 2016:
Lit a candle in memory of Robert A. Fink, M.D., F.A.C.S.
R.Gary Brown left a message on February 5, 2016:
When I was twenty I had a seizure for the first time. Up until then I did not have any health problems and lived a normal life. The doctors that were treating me were baffled and could not determine a cause. I was given the name of Dr. Fink and made an appointment to see him. After some testing he determined what was causing my seizures and prescribed medicines which turned my life around. At the start of my treatment by Dr. Fink I did not know that our relationship would be so long term nor that we would become good friends. As the years passed I would see Dr. Fink on a yearly basis just so he could be sure that I was not having any problems or changes in my health. This relationship continued for 37 years when my wife and I relocated to Reno. Even thou I no longer saw Dr. Fink professionally, we kept up a personal relationship. It was during a phone call early in 2015 that he told me the he had cancer and was being treated. Early December, Dr. Fink told me that life was good and he was ready for what the future would hold for him. Never the less, it was with great sadness when I was informed that he had passed away. He was one of the most warm-hearted and compassionate people I have ever met. My blessing go out to his family. Rensselaer Gary Brown Reno, NV
June Davenport left a message on January 31, 2016:
Robert was also a member Of BPSO , BPSO@bpso.org We learned a lot from his contributions. June Davenport
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