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Robert A. Brenner

Robert A. Brenner, 91, recently of Ithaca, NY, died on January 12, 2021.  He was born on July 5, 1929 and grew up in Buffalo, NY. He attended Buffalo public schools, Phillips Academy at Andover, and Cornell University before attending and completing his orthopedic surgery residency at the University of Buffalo School of Medicine.  He was a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons.  He practiced at Auburn Memorial Hospital and the Syracuse VA Medical Center. He volunteered at Chiang Mai, Thailand; Miraj, India; Surabaya, Indonesia; and the Westminster Manor in Auburn, NY. He served as an elder at the First Presbyterian Church in Auburn.  Bob and his wife of 54 years, Carol, enjoyed gathering with family and friends at their home on Skaneateles Lake, and in retirement spent winters in Chapel Hill, NC. Upon their return to NY, Bob joined the City Club of Ithaca, the Miata Club of Central New York, and remained active in the Beta Theta Pi Fraternity, Cornell Chapter Beta Delta.

Bob was predeceased by Carol (Wheeler) in 2014, his sister Annette and her husband Elmer Dorsecheimer, and niece Judy Rosser.  He is survived by his children and grandchildren, John (Anita, Elsa and Teddy) in Lansing, NY, and Catherine (Johnnes, Christian and Paul) Tulungen in Culver, IN; his niece Jill (John) Keifer in Norfolk, VA, and their children and grandchildren; Judy’s husband Gary Rosser in Orlando, FL; and beloved cousins.

Sincere thanks to the staff at Bridges Cornell Heights, Cayuga Medical Center, and Pastor Robert Foote at Trinity Lutheran Church for extraordinary care and support.

Due to COVID-19 no services are planned. In lieu of flowers, contributions to a charity of your choice are appreciated.

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I was just talking about your Dad the other day. I was his secretary for 5 years in the late 80s to early 90s at the VAMC in Syracuse. He was such a wonderful man. He took the young folks as he called us under his wings and treated us like we were one of his own. He never raised his voice if something was done wrong and the knowledge he shared with the medical students, interns and resident physicians was nothing short of outstanding. He was a gracious teacher, mentor and person. I have thought of him often over the years since I left and when I left I moved on to Social Security which is where I started my career. I last spoke with him before he retired for good and he was the same as he always was, a smile on his face and he was interested in how my life was going. He was excited to know I had a family and that he was thrill when I told him my daughter was born on his birthday. He jocking said I should have named her Roberta! I will never forget the special man he was to so many of us that worked with him over the years, and I am so sorry for your loss and am sending prayers your way.

Judy Wasilenko Cummings Jan 17 2021 12:00 AM

I sat next to Dr Brenner at breakfast and dinner and I loved him very much
He had a great sense of humor
I will miss him very much.

Sandra Jan 16 2021 12:00 AM

Bob was a member of the Ithaca chapter of the Midstate Miata Club of NY and participated in many of the Club's events with his beloved sports car over the past several years. We shall miss his friendly, smiling face, sense of humor and camaraderie within our group. Our condolences to his family and friends.
Gail Wagner
Midstate Miata Club of NY, Ithaca-area Rep.

Gail E Wagner Jan 15 2021 12:00 AM