Obituary of Dr. Robert J. Richardson
Robert J. Richardson, 67, of 127 E. Coventry Lane, prominent Peoria plastic surgeon, died at 1:15 a.m. Wednesday, April 29, 1992, at his home.
Born Aug. 4, 1924, in Milwaukee to Dr. James A. and Beatrice Feudner Richardson, he married Jo Anne Fields on Feb. 19, 1955, in Kansas City, Mo. She survives. Also surviving are three daughters, Mrs. Terry (Beverly) Harn of Chapel Hill, N.C., Mrs. Mark (Judy) Nelan of Dunlap and Mrs. Brian (Mary) Guhl of Naples, Fla.; and five grandchildren.
He graduated from Marquette University School of Dentistry in 1947 and Marquette University School of Medicine in 1951. He interned in the Navy at Portsmouth, Va., and served onboard ship in the Middle East in 1952-53. He was in special surgery training at the naval hospital at Great Lakes Naval Base in 1953-54. His general and plastic surgery residencies were from 1954-58 at the University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City.
He was the first plastic surgeon in Peoria and was in the private practice of plastic and reconstructive surgery for 31 years. He was Chief of Plastic Surgery and on the teaching staff at Saint Francis Medical Center. He was Clinical Assistant Professor and Chief of Plastic Surgery in the Department of Surgery at the University of Illinois College of Medicine in Peoria. He was Adjunct Professor in the Bradley University School of Speech and Hearing Sciences from 1966 to 1987.
He was a founding member and director of the Heart of Illinois Orofacial Anomalies Clinic from 1966 until his retirement in July 1989. He was a member of the Peoria Medical Society, Illinois State Medical Society and the American Medical Association. He was a former member of the Peoria District Dental Society, Illinois State Dental Society and American Dental Association.
He was a Diplomat of the American Board of Plastic Surgery, American College of Surgeons, American Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons and the American Society of Maxillofacial Surgeons. He was a founding member and past president of the Midwestern Association of Plastic Surgeons and the American Cleft Palate Association.
He served on the board of the American Cancer Society and Peoria-Stark-Marshall Chapter of the March of Dimes. He was a member of the honor societies of Omicron Kappa Upsilon and Alpha Sigma Nu. He also was a member of the Downtown Peoria Rotary Club, Country Club of Peoria and First Federated Church.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Woolsey-Wilton Funeral Home. The Rev. Robert Gillogly will officiate. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at the mortuary. Private entombment will be in American Mausoleum in Peoria. Memorials may be made to the Oncology Department at Methodist Medical Center, Cancer Unit of Saint Francis Medical Center or the Christian Education Department of First Federated Church.
from the Peoria Journal Star, April 30, 1992