Robert Edward Binder

Dr. Robert Edward Binder

Robert Edward Binder of Short Hills, NJ and Hull, MA passed away on November 4th, 2020.

Born in Boston, MA, he was the son of the late Harry and Beatrice (Seltzer) Binder.

Beloved husband of Ruth (Shepard) Binder.

Devoted father of Rebecca and her husband Chuck Cohen, and Jeffrey and his wife Pamela. Adoring grandfather of Benjamin, Henry, Leah and Theodora. A loving twin brother of Richard and his late brother Frederick.

Robert dedicated his professional life to orthodontics. Spanning over fifty years, he will be remembered as a highly respected faculty member, professor and clinician. A graduate of Harvard School of Dental Medicine, he became Chair of the Orthodontic Department at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of NJ, later renamed Rutgers School of Dental Medicine from which he retired in July 2020.

A published scientific researcher and writer of numerous articles and books, Robert was elected Director of the Harvard Society for the Advancement of Orthodontics and received the Distinguished Service Award from the Edward H. Angle Society of Orthodontics East Component. He served as President of Angle Society, New Jersey Society of Orthodontics and the Middle Atlantic Society of Orthodontics. He was a Diplomat of American Board of Orthodontics and was a member of the American Association of Orthodontics Council on Orthodontic Education.

Robert was truly a Renaissance man: an avid reader of American history, a creative sculptor and patron of the arts. He loved sailing in Hull with his family and enjoyed racing too. Winters were spent skiing in Vermont, watching his family grow and ski together. He was a devoted fan of his grandchildren’s sporting events, always cheering them on from the sidelines.

A genuinely good man. Tireless and selfless. Robert will surely be missed. Private graveside services took place at Independent Workmen’s Circle Cemetery, Baker Street, West Roxbury, MA.

Expressions of sympathy in Robert’s memory may be made to Harvard School of Dental Medicine.


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Robert Edward Binder

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Suzanne Freeling

March 18, 2021

Dear Ruthie,

I was terribly sorry to learn of the passing of your dear husband. May his memory be a blessing.

I have been living in Israel for almost 8 years and married in 2013. I lost my second husband exactly a year ago. I live walking distance to Carla, husband and 3 kids and it is a life-saving to me, especially during the pandemic.

Please extend my sincere condolences to you and Rebecca and Jeffrey. If you send me your phone number, I will call you, especially if it is Whats Up.


Suzanne Freeling

Elise & Elliot Levine

November 14, 2020

So saddened by Robbie’s passing!! Amazing, funny & so witty, we will miss him!! We send much love and condolences to your beautiful family

Laura and Ray Crystal

November 13, 2020

We are deeply saddened by the loss of Robbie, our friend of 47 years. His quick mind, his kindness, his love for his friends and family, and his always present bonhomie will be greatly missed. Sail on, Robbie, and may you have sunny days, brisk winds, and a gentle sea to bring you home... Love, Ray and Laura Crystal

Suzanna Lekht

November 11, 2020

I am truly saddened to hear about Dr. Binder's passing.

To the entire Binder family, please accept my deepest condolences. Dr. Binder was truly a special person. He devoted his life to teaching and for that I and countless others will forever be grateful for.

Thank you for being a role model, a teacher and an inspiration, Dr. Binder. Rest in peace.

Samantha Bogle

November 11, 2020

I was very sad to hear about Dr. Binder’s passing. I had the honor of getting to know him and learning from him during my time at Rutgers. I will never forget his kindness and his passion for orthodontics. I think of our conversations about Northeastern, sailing, and cape cod fondly. He will be missed.

Samantha Bogle

Joseph Lohner

November 11, 2020

I am saddened to hear of Dr Binder's passing.
He was my teacher and friend and will be missed.
My prayers for his soul and condolences to his family.
Sail toward the light.
Joe Lohner