Robert R. Schwartz, physician

Posted: September 05, 2007

Robert R. Schwartz, 77, an internist who built a Japanese teahouse in his backyard in Paoli, died of lung cancer Thursday at home.

Born in Lehighton, Pa., a community near the Poconos, Dr. Schwartz earned a bachelor's degree from Georgetown University in 1951 and completed a year of postgraduate studies at the University of Notre Dame, both in premed. He earned a degree from Thomas Jefferson University Medical School in 1956, then interned at Bryn Mawr Hospital.

From 1957 to 1959, he was in the Navy, serving aboard the aircraft carrier Intrepid, based in Norfolk, Va. After his discharge, he completed a residency in internal medicine at Bryn Mawr.

Afterward, he practiced internal medicine for 38 years in Paoli, specializing in oncology. He was on the staffs of Paoli and Bryn Mawr Hospitals, where he was a founding member of the Tumor Board. He also was the staff doctor at Bryn Mawr Hospital School of Nursing.

Since 1999, Dr. Schwartz had been one of the company doctors at Wyeth Pharmaceuticals in Collegeville.

He married the former Kathleen Bonner in 1956, and they eventually settled in Paoli.

In his off time, he grew roses, dammed a creek to create a pond, and built a Japanese teahouse surrounded by appropriate plantings. He did considerable research for the project, his wife said.

He was a Notre Dame football fan and enjoyed skiing.

In addition to his wife, Dr. Schwartz is survived by daughters Kathleen Aceto, Molly Bonner and Missy; sons Robert Jr. and Larry; a brother; and 12 grandchildren.

A Funeral Mass will be said to 11 a.m. today at Daylesford Abbey, 220 S. Valley Rd., Paoli. Friends may call from 9 a.m. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery, West Conshohocken.

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