OBITUARY

Robert J. Falbey D.O.

August 14, 1950April 11, 2019
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Dr. Robert J. Falbey, a retired physician, died on April 11, 2019. He was 68 years old.

Born in Philadelphia, PA, he graduated from Temple University in 1972, and from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1976. He was later certified in Preventive Medicine/Aerospace Medicine and was also a Certified Medical Review Officer.

He was then commissioned in the United States Army, and was stationed at various locales including Pearl Harbor, South Korea, and Saudi Arabia. Dr. Falbey was then appointed Chief of Preventive Medicine Service for the US Army Medical Department in Fort Hood, TX. Following that he travelled back to Saudi Arabia, serving during Operation Desert Storm/Desert Shield as a Deputy Surgeon and Aviation Medicine Consultant for the US Army Central Command. His wartime tour of duty culminated in his being awarded the Bronze Star and the Legion of Merit medals.

After the war, he was stationed at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, DC, where he began a new residency in Psychiatry. He retired from the Army after 22 years of service having attained rank of Lieutenant Colonel. He then moved to Arlington, TX to care for his aging father.

Robert was known for his love of music, both classical (especially Rachmaninov) and disco, as well as dancing. It is not for nothing that his nickname was “Dr. Disco”. He was also very fond of his car, a Mercedes-Benz he named “Auntie M”.

Dr. Falbey was preceded in death by his mother, Dorothy H. Falbey; his father Frank B. Falbey, Sr., DO; and his sister, Carin E. Falbey. He is survived by his brothers, Frank B. Falbey, Jr., MD, and Sean R. Falbey, JD, both of Houston, TX. He is also survived by nephew Frank B. Falbey, III and nieces Stella J. Falbey and Faye C. Falbey of Houston, born of Jill and Frank Falbey, Jr. He is further survived by E. Ryan Enloe of Beaumont, TX, stepson to Sean Falbey.

Rosary and visitation will be held Friday, April 26, 2019 beginning at 6 pm at Moore Funeral Home Chapel in Arlington. Funeral Mass will be held Saturday, April 27, 2019 at 9 am at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church in North Richland Hills, TX. Burial will be held at Moore Memorial Gardens in Arlington, TX, immediately following the Mass.

Services

26 April

Visitation

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Moore Funeral Home

North Chapel

1219 North Davis Drive
Arlington, TX 76012

27 April

Funeral Mass

9:00 am

Our Lady of Mt Carmel Catholic Church

3900 Scruggs Dr
North Richland Hills, TX 76180

27 April

Committal Service

10:30 am

Moore Memorial Gardens

1219 North Davis Drive
Arlington, TX 76012

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Stephen Sheppard

April 22, 2019

Cadet Robert Falbey, the student leader of his Reserve Officers Training Corps unit at Temple University, came to West Point, New York, one spring Thursday on an exchange weekend to observe U.S. Military Academy cadets in training. I was fortunate to host and accompany him throughout that weekend and became his friend. He was upbeat and very engaging in all activities during that visit, taking what was no doubt culture shock in stride.
I remember several visits and shared experiences during our remaining college years including a Jackson Five concert (before they became stars) in an auditorium where we were the only "angligos" there. Not a problem to the future disco doctor in training as he could sing along just like the headliners - making that concert very interesting to our surrounding attendees.
But we left that concert in one piece. During Captain through Colonel Falbey's Army career, we could identify with the good things - Rob meeting General "Stormin Norman" during the Desert Storm war - as well as sharing the incredible stresses of military leadership and how we dealt with them. Even later after our Army service, Dr. Falbey and I did, as many our age could, solve world problems with only one phone call to each other.
Remarkably, my Dad even in his 90's would never forgot who Rob was and how he and I met. And I will never forget Rob either.
As aviators say, " Fly West into the setting sun, Dr Rob. You are in good company."

Mylinda Hoard

April 19, 2019

Dr Rob and I have been friends for over 25 years. I will miss him dearly, if you knew this amazingly smart, kind, supportive soul you know how lucky you were. I feel blessed to have been a part of his life. I appreciated his honesty and knowledge and loved sharing stories about his military past and the love of his family. My friend, confidant, and client was a someone I was always proud to share time with.

Trudie Ellenberger

April 19, 2019

Rob and I were classmates at PCOM and I have many fond memories of him, in and outside the lecture hall. We attended several social events together while at PCOM, and later he was one of my favorite dance partners at our reunions. Rob had a wonderful sense of humor and a ready smile; later on, I learned how much seriousness and, often, sadness lay behind that smile. After his return from Desert Storm, we had many a late nite phone conversation sharing highs and lows. He always remembered my birthday, and I did my best to reciprocate, sometimes sending out Habersett scrapple for him and Karen. Almost 2 years ago, he came east to visit; we went to 2 Philadelphia Orchestra concerts featuring his beloved Rachmaninoff and spent a few days at the shore, where we were joined by another PCOM friend, Rick. When he needed to miss our last reunion, he promised he'd make the 50th, and was planning another visit to Lancaster in May for another concert. I'll miss him, but am glad he's free of all the struggles and disappointments of this life; I know he's been embraced by his parents and sister, has been catching up with Norman Schwarzkopf, and is disco dancing with all comers.

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Biography

Dr. Robert J. Falbey, a retired physician, died on April 11, 2019. He was 68 years old.

Born in Philadelphia, PA, he graduated from Temple University in 1972, and from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1976. He was later certified in Preventive Medicine/Aerospace Medicine and was also a Certified Medical Review Officer.

He was then commissioned in the United States Army, and was stationed at various locales including Pearl Harbor, South Korea, and Saudi Arabia. Dr. Falbey was then appointed Chief of Preventive Medicine Service for the US Army Medical Department in Fort Hood, TX. Following that he travelled back to Saudi Arabia, serving during Operation Desert Storm/Desert Shield as a Deputy Surgeon and Aviation Medicine Consultant for the US Army Central Command. His wartime tour of duty culminated in his being awarded the Bronze Star and the Legion of Merit medals.

After the war, he was stationed at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, DC, where he began a new residency in Psychiatry. He retired from the Army after 22 years of service having attained rank of Lieutenant Colonel. He then moved to Arlington, TX to care for his aging father.

Robert was known for his love of music, both classical (especially Rachmaninov) and disco, as well as dancing. It is not for nothing that his nickname was “Dr. Disco”. He was also very fond of his car, a Mercedes-Benz he named “Auntie M”.

Dr. Falbey was preceded in death by his mother, Dorothy H. Falbey; his father Frank B. Falbey, Sr., DO; and his sister, Carin E. Falbey. He is survived by his brothers, Frank B. Falbey, Jr., MD, and Sean R. Falbey, JD, both of Houston, TX. He is also survived by nephew Frank B. Falbey, III and nieces Stella J. Falbey and Faye C. Falbey of Houston, born of Jill and Frank Falbey, Jr. He is further survived by E. Ryan Enloe of Beaumont, TX, stepson to Sean Falbey.

Rosary and visitation will be held Friday, April 26 beginning at 6 pm at Moore Funeral Home Chapel in Arlington. Funeral Mass will be held Saturday, April 27 at 9 am at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church in North Richland Hills, TX. Burial will be held at Moore Memorial Gardens in Arlington, TX, immediately following the Mass.