Robert Lester Baeder, M.D., 91, of Manchester, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2011, at Community Medical Center, Toms River. Bob was born Nov. 26, 1919 in Gladstone to Reverend Frederick and Dina (Kraemer) Baeder. He was predeceased by brothers, David and wife Florence, and Frederick Jr.; and sisters, Dina and husband Robert, and Lillian. Bob graduated from Nutley High School and from Duke University, class of 1941 with honors. He was second in his Duke Medical School class of 1944 and interned at Orange Memorial Hospital in Orange. Bob served his country as a Battalion Surgeon during World War II and was commissioned captain in 1947. Following a four year general practice in Lenoir, N.C., Bob and wife, Millie moved to Cedar Grove, where he practiced family medicine for 41 years. He was also an attending physician at Mountainside Hospital with privileges at several other local hospitals. He was a life member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, Essex County Medical Society, Medical Society of NJ (Golden Merit Award), Diplomate National Board of Medical Examiners, American Board of Family Practice, and Trustee, NJ Board of Family Physicians. He was a member of the Community Church of Cedar Grove since 1950, serving as deacon, trustee, Executive Board member, moderator and past president of the Couples Club. He also was a member of the Rotary Club of Cedar Grove from 1951-1991, where he was a past president and Paul Harris Fellow. Bob served his community in many capacities, including former chairman of the Advisory Health Board, Township Physician, School Physician and Team Physician for both Verona and Memorial High Schools. Bob was a 3rd degree Mason, Cedar Lodge 275, 32nd degree Mason Scottish Rite, Shrine Noble 1078 Salaam Temple, and a member of the Masonic Club of Leisure Knoll, Manchester. Following his retirement in 1991, Bob and Millie moved to Leisure Knolls, Manchester, where he enjoyed playing bridge and performing in the harmonica group, the Harmonics.
Bob is survived by his loving wife of 67 years, Mildred(Covington); and children, Robert and wife Janet of Fredericksburg, Va., Ann and husband Dave of Longmeadow, Ma., Richard of Cedar Grove, Virginia and husband Phil of Salem, N.H., and Keith and wife Nancy of Dublin, Ohio. Also grandchildren, Jennifer, Scott, Aaron, Alana, Arianne, Corey, Daniel, Michele and Nicole, as well as great-grandchildren, Alex, Nicholas, Lanie, Sophia and Marina; and many nieces, nephews and friends.
Calling hours are from 2 to 4 p.m. Friday, Feb. 25 and 10 a.m. to 12 noon Saturday, Feb. 26, with a service immediately following at Anderson & Campbell Funeral Home, 3010 Ridgeway Road, Manchester. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Community Church Memorial Fund of Cedar Grove, 65 Bowden Road, Cedar Grove, NJ 07009 or to the charity of your choice.
Arrangements under the direction of Anderson & Campbell Funeral Home, Manchester, NJ.