Robert E. Pearson

Robert E. Pearson, MD, a former resident and the only physician in Boyne City from 1953 to 1966, passed away at his home in Grand Rapids on August 31, 2013, at the age of 90.Dr. Pearson was a proud member of “The Greatest Generation”, husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, World War II veteran, pilot, physician, and educator.  He and his family had moved to Boyne City after graduation from Medical School at Wayne State University.  During his time in Boyne, he delivered over 500 babies, set broken bones for area residents and Boyne Mountain skiers, and made $4 house calls. In 1966, he and his family moved to Traverse City to enable him to do a residency in psychiatry at Traverse City Regional Psychiatric Hospital. He remained at the hospital as Director of Adult Services and head of the Residency Program until 1983 when he moved to Houston, TX, to enter private practice in psychiatry.  He is survived by his wife, Karen Kamerschen, son’s Robert, Michael, Eric, and Brian, daughter Kate, his cousin and close lifelong friend Dale Anderson, with his daughter Barbara having predeceased him.    We are grateful to Odyssey Home Hospice for their wonderful care in his last seven weeks of life.  A Mass of Christian burial will be held Wednesday, 11:00 AM at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church in Grand Rapids.  The family will receive visitors on Tuesday 2-4 and 7-9 pm  at the  Arsulowicz Brothers Remembrance Mortuary.  Donations may be made to “Feeding America – West Michigan Food Bank”.