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Dr Robert W. Ausdenmoore
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Birth: 1932
Death: Aug. 5, 2010

Dr. Ausdenmoore was devoted to care of children
By Jennifer Baker August 19, 2010

- Dr. Robert W. Ausdenmoore devoted his life to Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center.

That's where he spent a five-decade career on the forefront of pediatric allergy treatment, research and education.

He started there as a resident and continued on to be attending physician, director of the pediatric allergy clinic and a professor in pediatrics, allergy and immunology.

In 1963, Dr. Ausdenmoore and colleague Dr. Joseph Ghory founded the region's only allergy immunology outpatient convalescent unit for children. He reached out in particular to poor children suffering from asthma, ensuring that they received the best possible care.

"We looked up to him for his opinion, particularly on issues to arise with social problems with asthma and access to care," said Dr. Amal Assa'ad, a former student who considers Dr. Ausdenmoore her mentor. She now is associate director of the division of allergy and immunology at Children's.

"He always was very generous with his time, dealt with patients extremely respectfully and was very considerate," she said. "His goal was to have all patients have access to medical care, regardless of what social background they came from or their financial abilities."

Dr. Ausdenmoore remained involved at Children's as a volunteer after his 2004 retirement, only to finally quit earlier this year when he was diagnosed with colon cancer.

He died Aug. 5 at his daughter's Raleigh, N.C., home, his high school sweetheart and wife of 53 years at his side. He was 77.

Even his death will benefit the medical community: he left his body to scientific research.

Dr. Ausdenmoore was born in Clifton in 1932. He graduated from St. Xavier High School in 1949, the University of Cincinnati in 1953 and the UC College of Medicine in 1957. He completed his residency in St. Louis City Hospital in 1958 and served his country in the military from 1958 to 1960.

By 1963, he became the first graduate of Cincinnati Children's Hospital Allergy Fellowship.

In addition to his work at Children's, he practiced with the Cincinnati Allergy Center until 1992, and then transitioned to solo practice in Lawrenceburg Ind., which he continued until 1996.

He also was professor of pediatrics from 1963 to 2004 at UC.

Despite all his accomplishments, titles and accolades, he was noted for remembering and respectfully calling each employee by name, right down to "transporters" who wheeled his little patients from room to room, his daughter said.

"He thought that everybody, no matter what their work was, had something to contribute to the life of a child," said his daughter, Kathy Flynn of Raleigh, N.C.

At home, Dr. Ausdenmoore was just as caring as a family man and father to six children. He coached little league baseball and frequently invited neighborhood families - children, parents, everyone - to the family's weekend house on Hidden Valley Lake in Lawrenceburg.

"My dad was probably the most gracious man I have ever met," his daughter said. "He was so generous to everyone."

In addition to his daughter and wife, LaVerne, Dr. Ausdenmoore is survived by sons: Bob of West Chester Township, Bernie of South Lake, Texas., Hank of Charlotte, N.C, Tim of White Oak and Chris of Clifton and a brother, Fred of Kansas City, Miss, and 16 grandchildren.

He was preceded in death in 2009 by a son, Dan.

Dr. Ausdenmoore's life will be celebrated in a memorial Mass at the same church where he was baptized, received his first communion and was married. It will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday at St Monica - St. George Church, 328 W. McMillan St. A reception will follow at St. Monica Hall.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the University of Cincinnati Medical School at UC Foundation, PO Box 19970, Cincinnati, OH 45219; or Hospice of Wake County, 250 Hospice Circle, Raleigh, NC 27607.

Family links: 
  Fred B Ausdenmoore (1903 - 1961)
  Catherine Hanora Vitt Ausdenmoore (1905 - 1964)
  Infant Ausdenmoore (____ - 1929)*
  Infant Ausdenmoore (____ - 1928)*
  Fred J. Ausdenmoore (1930 - 2014)*
  Robert W. Ausdenmoore (1932 - 2010)
*Calculated relationship
Body donated to medical science
Created by: Loren Bender
Record added: Sep 06, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 58272714


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