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. Jeffrey Teplitzky said,

    09.21.11 at 8:27 pm

    With deepest sympathy

  2. Joshua Teplitzky said,

    09.21.11 at 8:28 pm

    So sorry for your loss.

  3. David S. Fischer, MD said,

    09.21.11 at 9:22 pm

    Nick: We will surely miss you, your happy smiles and your great surgical skill and judgment. Sincere condolences to your family.

  4. Susan Shaw Santoro said,

    09.22.11 at 12:00 am

    Joan, David, Joe , Tom ,Alison and Val
    Your family, your Dad was such a big part of my childhood. A serious confident Doctor, a wonderful man, a great neighbor. A huge loss.
    Our deepest sympathy….Susan Shaw Santoro and family

  5. Ike and Dianne Goodrich said,

    09.22.11 at 8:00 am

    We remember seeing you walking along the beach in Block ISland.Keep all the wonderful memories in mind at this sad time.

  6. David Mahoney said,

    09.22.11 at 8:12 am

    Many fond memories of a tremendously fun and generous man who lived life to its fullest. So lucky and privileged to have known hiim.

  7. Jack Landau said,

    09.22.11 at 8:48 am

    Nick was a good friend and colleague for 50 years. His wonderful sense of humor and yiddishkite expressions were always a delight.
    I will miss him.

  8. Dr.Herb Lewis said,

    09.22.11 at 2:48 pm

    It is sad to see another loss from the great group of colleagues who were able to practice compassionate medical care. My sincere condolences to his family.

  9. Steve& Linda Meisel said,

    09.22.11 at 4:57 pm

    To Nick’s wonderful family: Our deepest sympathy to you all at this very sad time. Lots of good memories of special man!!

  10. Sara-Ann and Hillel Auerbach said,

    09.22.11 at 5:21 pm

    Our deepest sympathies to the entire Margolis family. Nick will be greatly missed.

  11. Harriet Margolis and Larry Dorman said,

    09.22.11 at 8:55 pm

    We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts are with you at this sad time.

  12. Tom Margolis said,

    09.23.11 at 12:34 pm

    Thanks for all of your support. What always impressed me most about my father was his boundless appetite for learning – he was always open to new ideas and perspectives, and was quite willing to challenge his established viewpoints if the data pointed elsewhere.

    A couple of weeks before his death he was lying in bed – weak and sick – while we were discussing some obscure intellectual point about the influence of media on brain development. And he said, “I’d be interested in learning more about this” – curious and engaged up until the very end.

  13. Valerie Waskow said,

    09.23.11 at 3:47 pm

    Thank you everyone for your heart-felt condolences.
    My dad was all the wonderful things that have been mentiond above; funny, a great teacher, a compassionate physician. In addition to all of those qualities I must add ;mighty, powerful, potent. I remember when I was 9 years old I was a patient at Yale New Haven Hospital.
    No matter how scared I was, or how intense the pain , just hearing his footsteps in the corridor made me feel calm, safe and loved. (Plus, the nurses stood at attention:))
    I will miss him. Valerie

  14. Avinash Dixit said,

    09.24.11 at 8:14 am

    With deepest sympathy to my “conjoined at the brains twin kid sister” Valerie and the whole wonderful family.

  15. Harvey and Beverly Cedarbaum said,

    09.25.11 at 9:08 am

    A great friend and care giver. Many happy memories when we were young and embraced life so vigorously. He will be sorely missed.

  16. Steve and Beverly Gunther said,

    09.25.11 at 10:24 am

    I am so glad that I , along with other Yale orthopaedic alumni had the opportunity to spend time, including dinner , with Nick in may . He looked well , so I can not be the only one surprised at his passing so soon .
    Bev and I came back to Yale for residency training in 1967 . Nick was one of a group of young faculty who became our lifelong friends as well as great
    mentors …both orthopaedically and socially . The ” family ” has persisted to this day both in New haven and at meetings away, and Nick and Joan have been a big part . He was a great doctor , not just a surgeon …….and a fun philosopher of life . Beverly and I are sad at this news , for Nick and Joan .
    The whole Yale orthopaedic family feels the same .

  17. Deborah & Dick Robohm said,

    09.25.11 at 11:39 am

    We will miss our dear friend and WFSC companion. Our sincere and loving thoughts are with you all.

  18. John & Ellen Aversa said,

    09.25.11 at 2:02 pm

    Our sincere condolences to Joan and the wonderful Margolis family. Nick was not only a dedicated and skilled surgeon but also a dedicated and loving husband and father. He will be greatly missed.

  19. Susan Coughlin said,

    09.25.11 at 7:30 pm

    My sincerest sympathy is extended to you at this difficult time. My late husband, Jack, was Joe’s football coach at Amity. He kept a letter written to him from Dr. Margolis all during his football tenure as he respected and admired the good doctor so. I just wanted you to know the lasting imprint your loving husband and father left on a man who was difficult to impress. May he rest in peace.
    Susan Coughlin

  20. Lee Rubin MD said,

    09.25.11 at 8:57 pm

    My heartfelt condolences to the Margolis Family. We will miss “Uncle Nick” and his spirited teaching. He was gracious and lent us his experience and insight during our residency, and continued to do so even after he retired from active surgical practice. The Yale Ortho Family will remember him fondly. Respectfully, LR

  21. Sheila M. Swain said,

    09.25.11 at 9:07 pm

    My deepest sympathy to the family of a wonderful doctor.

  22. Nathan Margolis said,

    09.25.11 at 10:27 pm

    Dear Joan, David, Tom, Joe, Allison, and Val:

    Nick and I were first cousins but never met until the mid 90s. I was in New Haven from Texas with my company. It was then that I contacted Nick for the first time and he immediately treated me like family. Even though we shared last names, we were total strangers but that was not for long. Terri and I really enjoyed our time with Nick and Joan on our many visits to New England over the years.

    Nathan and Terri Margolis
    Houston, Texas

  23. joseph scirocco said,

    09.26.11 at 9:46 am

    sorry for your lost,he was always there for kate and i ,he will be missed

  24. Michele and Art Beavis said,

    09.26.11 at 9:56 am

    It is with great sadness that we send our deepest sympathy to the whole Margolis family. What a special man we have lost. “Quick Nick” will be missed!

  25. Lawrence Morico said,

    09.26.11 at 4:51 pm

    Dear Family.
    I am saddened to learn of Doctor Margolis passing. I will never forget the excellent surgery he performed in 1983 on my spine. He was among the best of the best. May he be at peace.

    Lawrence Morico
    New Haven,CT.

  26. 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.

  27. 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

  28. 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

  29. 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