Dr. Robert N. Margolis

Dr. Robert N. Margolis of Woodbridge, CT died September 21, 2011 after a long illness. He is survived by his wife Joan S. Margolis, three sons, David, Joseph and Tom and two step daughters, Allison Noel and Valerie Waskow and seven grandchildren. Dr. Margolis was predeceased by his first wife, Irene Lobenthal in 1972 and his step son, Mark Noel in 1984. Dr. Margolis was born in Hartford in 1933 and attended the Loomis-Chaffee School, Harvard College and Tufts School of Medicine. After graduation he trained in orthopaedic surgery at Yale and entered practice in New Haven in 1965. From 1960-62 he served as Battle Group Surgeon with the 82nd Airborne Division. He was a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and the American Academy or Orthopaedic Surgery. In his years of practice he served, at various times, as Associate Chief of Orthopaedics at the Hospital of St. Raphael, Chief of Orthopaedics at the VA Hospital, West Haven, and the President of the Yale Orthopaedic Association; the latter is an organization which devotes itself to the education of orthopaedic residents. During his active life his professional interest came to focus on adult hip and spine surgery and his hobbies on flying, tennis, bird hunting and dog training.

Funeral services will be private and a memorial celebration will be scheduled for a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to Yale Orthopaedic Association, c/o Department of Orthopaedics, 800 Howard Ave, New Haven, CT 06520.

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  1. Ruth Rokous said,

    09.26.11 at 6:57 pm

    Nick and Irene were our next door neighbors in our 5th floor walk-up on the Riverway in Boston during med.sch. We had so many laughs and shared a lot of spaghetti!!

    We met and loved Joan and continued to share happy times(they whipped us in tennis) until Joe’s passing in 1999. Nick was so good to me- I will be forever grateful to him! I am so sorry Joan.

  2. John Delfino said,

    09.26.11 at 10:00 pm

    Dr. Margolis was a great surgeon. He performed surgery on several members of my family years ago and they all turned out fine.
    About 17 years ago he performed spine surgery on myself and I have been fine ever since. On my last visit I had with him after my surgery to be discharged, I remember telling him, “Thanks for fixing me up Doc.” He replied “you’re welcome John.” He knew my family well. His ability as a surgeon and caring doctor were un surpassed and his service will be greatly missed.
    My condolences to the family.
    I am sure other doctors have gained from his knowledge.
    John Delfino

  3. Ben Frosceno said,

    09.30.11 at 7:10 am

    I speak of Dr. Margolis often. I used to say “I put him next to God” Thats how good of a surgeon he was. He put me back together twice after two motorcycle accidents. After the last one, He told me “Thats it Ben, do it again and im not working on you, your wrecking all my good work!” That was 1986. I took his advice and feel great today because of him.
    I hope the family finds comfort in knowing he helped me and countless others and I have never forgotten

    Ben Frosceno

  4. Bert and Martha Weisbart said,

    10.01.11 at 8:36 am

    Our sympathy and thoughts are with you and your family. Always too soon for the good ones. Bert and Martha