by Paul Addison
Robert Palmer, M.D., French Horn player and Drum Major in the Marching Hundred from 1946 to 1950, passed away on December 26. In addition to having a distinguished record of service to Indiana University and the medical profession, he was the founder of The Robert M. Palmer, M.D., Institute of Biomechanics, Inc.
Robert Palmer, A longtime resident of Indianapolis, died in Delaware, Ohio, on December 26, 2010. He practiced Orthopedic Surgery in Indianapolis since 1960.
He was a graduate of Shortridge High School (1946), Indiana University B.A. (1950), M.A. (1951), and M.D. (1955). After internship and residency in Orthopedics, he joined the faculty of Indiana University School of Medicine from 1960 to 1969. In addition, he served in both the U.S. Navy and Naval Reserves from 1954 through 1967. He was in private practice from 1969 to 1994, retiring in that year.
His was a life of service. As a boy he was an Eagle Scout, and at Indiana University served on the Union Board and in the Marching Band. He was an elder and sang with the choir of Trinity Presbyterian Church, and later with the Choir of Second Presbyterian Church. He was a charter member of Nora Sertoma, a service club, serving as both president and secretary over the years. He also served as District Governor and State Director of Sertoma International. He was Sertoma Foundation President, Vice President and Secretary and Trustee (1985-2001).
Professional organizations include A.M.A., American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, American Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Society, Indiana State Medical Association, Marion County Medical Society, Clinical Orthopedic Society, Mid-America Orthopedic Society, and Indiana Orthopedic Club (President). In addition to many professional societies, he was a member of the Indiana University Alumni Association, the I.U. Mid-Century Club, Sigma Xi, and the Mayflower Society.
His daughter, Eve and his parents, Kathryn Mead Palmer and Walter Irving Palmer preceded him in death. He leaves his loving wife of 56 years, Catherine Gardella Palmer, and his children, Christopher (Beverly) and Ann Ralston (Gary) and four grandsons, Justin and Logan McMath, Andrew and Michael Palmer and a brother, Jack Palmer (Julia).