Robert L. Klaus, 85, urologist in Phila.
Robert L. Klaus, 85, formerly of Philadelphia, a urologist in Philadelphia and Delaware, died Friday, Oct. 25, of a heart ailment at his retirement home in Bryan, Texas.
Dr. Klaus followed his father, Irving Goncer Klaus, into the field of urology. Both served at separate times as chief of urology at Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia.
Robert Klaus was Einstein's chief of urology from 1985 to 1990, and senior attending physician from 1981 to 1984.
Prior to that, he served as chief of surgery and urology at the Philadelphia Geriatric Center.
He served two years in the Army, part of the time in Korea. Dr. Klaus was a resident in both surgery and urology at the University of Kansas Medical Center from 1958 to 1962 before moving to Einstein to join his father's practice.
He also was on the staff at Milford Memorial Hospital in Milford, Del., from 1990 until 2010, and had a private practice there. He retired a few years ago, albeit reluctantly.
"He really loved the interaction with patients," said his daughter, Marley Klaus Dowling. "He loved practicing urology; something concrete is fixed."
Dr. Klaus was a former president of the Philadelphia Urologic Society.
He was a member of the American Board of Urology, the Mid-Atlantic Urologic Association, and the Philadelphia College of Physicians, and was a fellow of the American College of Surgeons.
He was devoted to his wife, the former Ann Louise Bernard, whom he met in the halls of the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania when she was a nurse.
Surviving besides his wife of 57 years and his daughter are sons Robert Jr., Adam, and Dru; five grandchildren; and a sister. A brother died earlier.
At his request, no services will be held.
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