Robert Henry Fain, Sr

Robert Henry Fain, Sr

Weatherford, Parker County, Texas, USA
Death 25 Mar 2002 (aged 79)
Houston, Harris County, Texas, USA
Burial Houston, Harris County, Texas, USA
Plot Section 215B Lot 92
Memorial ID 7060712 · View Source
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Robert Henry Fain, M.D. died peacefully in his sleep in the early morning hours of March 25, 2002. He was born March 23, 1923, in Weatherford, Texas, and was the seventh of nine children of Mary Barber and Douglas Wythe Fain.

He attended the University of Texas at Austin and graduated from the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston in 1948. It was in Galveston that he met Nona Mae Snow, who would become his wife and mother of their eight children. After completing an internship at Nashville General, he moved with his family to Abilene where he entered private general practice. He served as a flight surgeon in the USAF and was stationed for a time in Japan. After his military service, he moved to Houston to enter the nascent orthopaedic surgery program at Baylor College of Medicine. He also completed a year of training in Greenville, S.C. at the Shriner's Hospital for Crippled Children. He practiced orthopaedic surgery in Houston for 36 years and was affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. He had a special interest in sports medicine and served as the team physician for the Houston Oilers from 1971-1995.

He was a member and former deacon of River Oaks Baptist Church, a member of River Oaks Country Club, the River Oaks Men's Breakfast Association, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, the American Academy of Sports Medicine and the International Knee Society.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Nona Mae Snow Fain, brothers John Wythe Fain, Harold Barber Fain, M.D., and Douglas Wilson Fain, and sisters Martha Ann Fain Rea and Mary Ruth Fain Greer. He is survived by his sisters Mayna Fain Bode of Dallas, Betty Fain Wright of Amarillo, and Norma Fain Braly of Houston. He is survived by five daughters and three sons: [names omitted]. He is survived by 14 grandchildren: [names omitted]. Foremost among many who will mourn his passing is his dear friend Mary Wheless Wilson.

Bob Fain loved golf, quail hunting, and tending his cows and fences. He was a forthright, honest, and hardworking man, whose quick wit and easy laugh could light up a room. To him, medicine was a sacred calling, and his empathy and kindness were extended to all. His children deeply loved and respected him, and admired the life he led with such grace and principle.

A visitation will be held at George H. Lewis & Sons, 1010 Bering Dr., on Thursday, March 28 from 6-8 p.m. On Friday, March 29, a graveside service will be held at 9:00 a.m. at Memorial Oaks Cemetery. A memorial service will be held Friday, March 29, at 11 a.m. at River Oaks Baptist Church, 2300 Willowick, with Reverend Martus Miley officiating.

Honorary pallbearers are John Bute, Ralph V. Ford, M.D., Herb Hahn, M.D., Bruce Monical, R. Carter Overton III, John W. Overstreet, M.D., Herbert Seybold, M.D., and Sellers J. Thomas, M.D.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to River Oaks Baptist Church, or to the charity of your choice.
(Houston Chronicle, Thursday, March 28, 2002)

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Robert Henry
Mar. 22, 1923 - Mar. 25, 2002

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