Dr. Robert William Gilmore

May 25, 1920May 30, 2010

ROBERT W. GILMORE, M.D. of St. Simons Island, Georgia died May 30, 2010, after a battle with cancer. Dr. Gilmore was born on May 25, 1920 in Michigan City, Indiana. He was the youngest of two sons of Dr. Russell A. Gilmore and Lillian Gilmore. His older brother, Russell A. Gilmore, Jr. , passed away two years ago.

Dr. Gilmore was a graduate of Amherst College, Amherst, Mass. (Class of 43). He graduated from Temple University Medical School in Philadelphia, Pa., and completed his internship at Cook County Hospital in Chicago, Ill. Dr. Gilmore served as a physician in the United States Navy at Bethesda Naval Hospital and Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. After his military service he completed his residency in Pediatrics at Cook County Hospital and Children’s Memorial Hospital in Chicago, Illinois. He then practiced medicine in Michigan City, Indiana as a Board Certified Pediatrician from 1949 until his retirement in 1995. During his practice he served as Chief of Staff at St. Anthony Hospital in Michigan City, Indiana and also was a staff Pediatrician at Children's Memorial Hospital in Chicago, Illinois.

Dr. Gilmore married the former Helen Louise Clift of Bay City, Michigan in 1944, who survives. Dr. and Mrs., Gilmore have three children who survive: son, Judge Robert W. Gilmore, Jr. (Ret.) and his wife Barbara, who reside in Waverly, Ga., son Dr. Peter C. Gilmore and his wife Elizabeth who reside in Yakima , Washington and daughter, Gina Reed (Gilmore) and husband Tony who reside in Jupiter, Florida. Dr. and Mrs. Gilmore have four grandchildren; Lori Miltenberger, Valparaiso, Indiana, Geoffrey Gilmore, Birmingham, Michigan, Tracy Gilmore, Chicago, Illinois and Tony Gilmore, Portland Oregon. They also have 5 great grandchildren; Emily, Madeline and William Miltenberger and Mia and Geoffrey Gilmore.

Dr. Gilmore cared for thousands of children in the Michigan City, Indiana area during his practice and was known by children and their parents as "Dr. Bob". In 1998 Dr. Gilmore received the Sagamore of the Wabash award from Indiana Governor Frank O’Bannon. The Sagamore of the Wabash is the highest honor the Governor of Indiana can bestow upon a citizen of Indiana.

In 2005 Dr. and Mrs. Gilmore moved to their favorite place, St. Simons Island, Georgia, to do their favorite thing, play golf. Dr. Gilmore loved family, loved friends, loved golf and loved life.

There will be a Memorial Service at the Chapel in Edo Miller Funeral Home on Thursday, June 3, 2010 at 4:00 p.m. A gathering for friends and family will be held at Sea Palms Country Club after the Memorial Service from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

The family requests that any memorial contributions be made to Heartland Hospice, 122 Scranton Connector, Suite 112, Brunswick, GA. 31520. Edo Miller and Sons Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


  • Memorial Service Thursday, June 3, 2010
  • Visitation Thursday, June 3, 2010

Dr. Robert William Gilmore

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Jim Preihs

June 27, 2010

I was sad to learn of his passing. He was our family Dr forever. Well I know that Cheryl and Russ Preihs will welcome Bob into their arms. Thank you for your kindness and caring. Jimmy

Amanda (Harvey) Ellinger

June 14, 2010

Mrs. Gilmore and Family, My deepest condolences go out to you in the loss of such a wonderful man. I was so saddened to hear of Dr. Bob's passing. Dr. Bob was my doctor as a child. From time to time over the years my family and I would reminisce about Dr. Bob and how he was the only one I would let call me Mandy! He was such a kind and caring man. He will be greatly missed!

June 9, 2010

We are so sorry for your loss. Dr. Bob did brighten a room when he walked in. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.
Mike and Kate Kelley, Michigan City

Judy Anderson-Matton

June 6, 2010

Helen and family ~ Not only was Dr. Bob the ONLY physician I would've trusted to care for my only daughter, Jenelle, but he was someone that I grew up admiring and lucky to have called friend. Bob, Helen and my folks, Joyce and Andy Anderson, enjoyed many years as friends playing golf and loving life. Bob's gentle nature and easy ways were always a warm addition to our house. He will be remember always, and missed immensely.

Judi Stibbie

June 6, 2010

I was so very sorry to learn that Dr. Bob had passed away. I have such fond memories of him, even though I saw him during circumstances that were not always the best. He saw me through serious ilness; often via home visits! He once told me, upon entering our home, and flashing his sparkling smile, that it looked as if I had "combed my hair with an egg beater." I last saw him at the grocery store store as he was preparing to move south. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.
Judi Stibbie, Long Beach, IN

Vivi Rogers

June 6, 2010

Dr. Bob was kind and compassionate and was my doctor until I was 18 - I have yet to meet another doctor such as him. My condolences to all of the Gilmores.

June 5, 2010

Loving thoughts and prayers to the entire Gilmore family. Dr. Bob touched thousands of lives in Long Beach/Michigan City not only as a physician but as a compassionate human being. I know I'll never forget his bright smile & huge hugs whenever I saw him be it on the 4th of July or sledding in his back yard when we were little.

Our deepest condolences from the entire Plummer family - Ann, Stan & Pam


Pam Plummer, Costa Mesa, CA

Sharon Herod

June 5, 2010

Condolences to his family. He truly was a wonderful man, doctor and friend when needed. He was our doctor and our childrens doctor for a good many years. Even when he retired when my son needed him he was there. He will truly be missed by many and has left this world leaving an imprint on many lives. . . . . Sharon Herod formerly of Michigan City In now living in Cypress Tx

June 5, 2010

A wonderful Doctor and person with a great smile and sense of humor.
I was glad he was there to care for my three children. Thank you.
Peggie Smith Beilfuss (Jacksonville, Florida)

John Hendricks

June 4, 2010

My condolences to the Gilmore family. I did not have the pleasure of knowing Dr. Gilmore, but according to my mom, he worked miracles on me when I was a three year old child in the early seventies, and without his professional skill and caring, I might likely not have survived the ordeal. From what I have heard about him, he was a great Doctor and will be missed greatly.