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Harley "Rob" Robison

Death 3 Jan 2007 (aged 95)
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ROBISON D. "ROB" HARLEY, MD, PhD, a renowned pediatric ophthalmologist, died in his Wilmington home on January 3, 2007. He was 95. Dr. Harley, former chair of the Department of Ophthalmology at Temple University, Philadelphia, was the author of Harley's Pediatric Ophthalmology, considered the premier text in the field.
Dr. Harley was born on February 27, 1911 in Pleasantville NJ. He graduated from Rutgers University NJ in 1932 as a member of Phi Beta Kappa. Dr. Harley earned his medical degree at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia PA, in 1936, serving his internship at Philadelphia General Hospital. He earned a PhD from the University of Minnesota in 1941, and was a Fellow and later a staff consultant at the Mayo Clinic, Rochester MN. Dr. Harley was a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons.
Dr. Harley served as a Lieutenant Colonel in both the U.S. Army and Air Force, and was stationed in the Panama Canal Zone during World War II, where he treated diseases of the eye caused by leprosy. He received a Commendation Medal from the U.S. Army. Dr. Harley also helped to identify and treat oncocerciasis (river blindness) in Guatemala. He served as the Chief of Ophthalmology and Otolaryngology at Gorgas Hospital in Panama. Dr. Harley received the Legion of Merit and Vasco Nunez de Balboa Award from the Republic of Panama.
After returning from military service, Dr. Harley joined his father in an ophthalmology practice in Atlantic City NJ and served as Director of Ophthalmology at Atlantic City Hospital, where he was a three-time scientific award recipient. He left private practice to become a Professor of Ophthalmology at Temple University Medical School, where he later became Chair of the Department. Dr. Harley founded the Department of Pediatric Ophthalmology at St. Christopher's Hospital for Children and was the founder and Director of Pediatric Ophthalmology at Wills Eye Hospital, Philadelphia. He was an Adjunct Professor of Ophthalmology at Thomas Jefferson University.
In 1975, Dr. Harley published the first edition of Harley's Pediatric Ophthalmology, which is now in its fifth printing. He published more than 150 articles in medical journals and textbooks. Dr. Harley was the recipient of many awards, including those from the American Academy of Ophthalmology and the American Association of Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus, which he served as President. He was a member of numerous professional and medical organizations and received the Outstanding Humanitarian Award from the American Academy of Ophthalmology in 2000.
Dr. Harley volunteered his time with Project Hope, Care Medico, the International Society of Surgeons, and Project Orbis, traveling to dozens of countries in Asia, India, Africa, and South America to perform eye surgery and train local physicians. He presented lectures all over the United States and abroad. Dr. Harley was a Past President of the Delaware Association for the Blind and a member and teacher at the Academy of Lifelong Learning at the University of Delaware for eighteen years.
Through his will, Dr. Harley created a trust to endow the Robison D. Harley, MD Chair in Pediatric Ophthalmology at the Alfred I. DuPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington DE, as well as providing ongoing support for research in molecular genetics. Dr. Harley and the first holder of the chair, Sharon S. Lehman, MD, Chair, Division of Pediatric Ophthal-mology, Division of Surgery, were honored at a ceremony held in March of 2006. At the time, Dr. Harley commented, "I believe it's important to give back. I chose the Alfred I. DuPont Hospital to receive my bequest because I thought it was the best way to accomplish my goals of training medical residents and encouraging research in molecular genetics."
Dr. Harley is survived by his wife, Lucille (Garyantes) Harley; son, Robison Harley, Jr. and daughter-in-law Suzanne; daughters, Heather and Ardee Harley; sons, Halvor Harley III and daughter-in-law Cindy, and William and daughter-in-law Gaye; as well as 8 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. A Memorial Service will be held at a time to be announced later.


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