Dr. Robert Leroy Waldron II

February 6, 1936November 13, 2021

COLUMBIA Dr. Robert Leroy Waldron II died Saturday, November 13, 2021.

Dr. Waldron was a great friend, optimist, and gregarious storyteller. An active athlete, he loved tennis, skiing and golf. He was an avid college sports enthusiast and University of South Carolina Gamecocks football, baseball and basketball booster.

Dr. Waldron was a native of Illinois and attended high school in Rockford, where he was the Valedictorian of his class of more than 1,000 students and a member of the football and state championship basketball teams. He was a graduate of Princeton University, where he served as Vice President of his Senior Class, and Harvard Medical School. Following a surgical residency at Massachusetts General Hospital, he served two years as a Peace Corps physician in Panama and Chile, before completing a residency in radiology and a fellowship in neuro radiology at Columbia Presbyterian.

He has been described by many as the consummate professional. Dr. Waldron worked as a radiologist in Cambridge, New York City, and San Luis Obispo, CA before coming to Columbia, SC in 1980 as the first radiologist specializing in neurological disorders. He served at Palmetto Health Richland Hospital as a Director of Radiology and as Professor of Clinical Radiology at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine. Dr. Waldron served as the President of the Association of Columbia Presbyterian Radiologists, a member of the Sierra Cascade Trauma Society, and the South Carolina Radiological Society. He was the author or co-author of 32 scientific papers.

Survivors include his loving and devoted wife, partner, best friend, and advocate, Sandra S. Waldron; sons, Rick Waldron (Denise) of Portland, Oregon, Rob Waldron (Jennifer) of Wayland, Massachusetts and Burton Johnson (Jessica) of Jackson Hole, Wyoming; beloved 4-legged daughter, Natasha; grandchildren, Isabella, Olivia and James Ryan Waldron, and Luke Formiller; brothers, Gary and Steve Waldron and their families, Mary Waldron and her family, Sandy and Bob Dubin, Carterville/ Carbondale Illinois family members, brother-in-law, John Sellers and his family, Luisa Sermol and family, the Slemons family, along with numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, and many, many cousins, as well as a host of friends, colleagues, co-workers, Radiology staff at Prisma, tennis buddies, “tea club” charter members, Kiawah friends, Beaufort friends, SCTS friends, Princeton classmates/clubmates, Harvard Medical School classmates, San Luis Obispo friends, and business associates. In addition to his parents, Robert and Violet Mae Thompson Waldron, Dr. Waldron was predeceased by his son, Ryan Waldron.

The family would like to especially thank Byron Pyles, Billy Thomas, Annie Mae Gatson, and Gerald Salley along with the numerous physicians and medical staff at Prisma Richland who attended Dr. Waldron during his illness, as well as Dr. Alan Peterson.

Visitation will be from 6 until 8:00 p.m. Friday November 19, 2021 at Dunbar Funeral Home, 3926 Devine Street, Columbia, SC. A Celebration of Life will be held at Dunbar Funeral Home, Devine Street Chapel on Saturday, November 20, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. To help ensure the health of attendees, the family asks all to wear face coverings.

Memorials may be made to the Ryan Waldron Scholarship Fund, Heathwood Hall, 3000 South Beltline, Columbia, SC; Trenholm Road United Methodist Church, 3401 Trenholm Road, Columbia, SC 29204 or a charity of your choice.

Memories may be shared at


  • Visitation

    Friday, November 19, 2021

  • Celebration of Life service

    Saturday, November 20, 2021



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Kelly Nash

November 23, 2021

My deepest condolences to you and your family. I so much enjoyed getting to know Bob in our somewhat regular Wednesday night tennis matches. His kindness and spirit to keep playing are an inspiration to me and I'm very happy to have gotten a chance to know him.

Bill Matalene

November 20, 2021

Dear Sandra and All Waldrons,
Carolyn and are thinking of you and of Bob’s loss to us all. I didn’t really know him at Princeton—my fault, not his—but he reached out to us when we found ourselves to be neighbors in Columbia. I enjoyed many rounds of golf with Bob; and all the Matalene’s felt honored by his friendship.
Fond and Sympathetic Best Wishes,
Bill Matalene

Mary H. Waldron

November 20, 2021

Dr. Bob has been dear to my heart since I first met him shortly after I had married into the family; Bob came to the Washington, DC area to visit his Uncle Richard (Unc) and to meet me. From that moment, Bob was everything a loving Uncle could be to a family; as our family grew, Bob shared every joy and grief with us as we did our best to do
with his family. Sandra, Rick, Rob and Burton I am grieving here in
Maryland with you; my heart is breaking that I can't be holding you close. My Sandy and Bob must do that in my absence. God bless you all.

Steven Rockefeller

November 19, 2021

Bob and I were roommates at Princeton University our junior and senior years and life long friends. Bob had a good heart, great love of life, and indomitable spirit, and our friendship was a special blessing. He will be greatly missed. May he rest in peace.

Barbara joins me in sending our sympathy and love to Sandra and to Sandra's and Bob's family at this time of great loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Steven Rockefeller

Neil McGlynn

November 19, 2021

A life well lived
Rosalie and I met Bob and Sandra while on a cruise ship in the middle of the Baltic Sea
We soon all became good friends, even though we live an hemisphere apart.
We shared our passions for cruising, football and dogs.
A few years ago Bob and Sandy came all the way to Sydney Australia to visit us. We all went on a delightful trip on Sydney harbor.
Bob was so unassuming, no one would have known how high powered he was. Such a lovely friend, if it had not been for the Pandemic I think we would have visited you before now.
We will miss him
Rosalie and Neil McGlynn.

Ronald Johnson, M.D.

November 19, 2021

Dear Sandra and Family,

I would like to thank Bob for providing my patients with his clinical expertise and his interpretation of X-ray images at Prisma Health. These services will truly be missed. Bob never knew the word "No" whenever his services were required.

Bob was truly a source of support for me, personally, during my time of illness.

Our thoughts and prayers are with you, Sandra and family, during this time of grief for your loved one. May Our Loving God hold you gently.

Dr. Ronald Johnson & Chaplain Barbara Johnson

Sheila Mays

November 19, 2021

Sandra and family,
Truly sorry to hear this news. I am forever Thankful to have had the pleasure to work with Dr Waldron and grateful for his mentoring.

Having had the opportunity to mentor Dr Waldron when we transitioned from film to digital PACS imaging, I can say he had patience! (Thanks Sandra for always lending a hand)

Too many fond memories to mention but my most treasured are him sharing stories about his family, the fact he treated the Radiology staff like extended family and our patients with care and compassion.

My thoughts are with you all during this time of grief and as you celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Waldron.

Robert McCardle

November 17, 2021

Bob was a consummate physician, athlete and dear friend. Our best bonding was through his positive personality and through skiing the Sierra Cascade Trauma Society.
His radiology skills were unsurpassed. What a tremendous loss to our community.
Our deepest sympathies our extended to Sandra and his whole family
Robert and Sally McCardle

Chris Ruffin

November 17, 2021

Dr. Waldron was one of my favorite clients. He was always happy to see me, was genuinely interested in me and my life, and was always smiling, laughing, and telling stories. It's all too easy to forget exactly what somebody said but it's harder to forget how they made you feel. Godspeed Dr. Waldron!

Radiologic Technology Program- Midlands Technical College Millie Massey

November 17, 2021

Mrs. Waldron and family,
We wanted you to know just how special Dr. Waldron was to our program for so many years. He was always so willing to explain a misunderstood pathology or answer a question to the students over the past 35 years. He would quiz them in a helpful way to teach them. He took the time to know their names and give them some words of encouragement when needed. Over the years as things and times were busier he always took the time to chat as he was going to due the next patient. The students and faculty really enjoyed when you and Dr. Waldron were able to attend the luncheons and pinning ceremonies! We cannot tell you how much the support from both of you have meant to this program and faculty over the years. We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers and most of all remember the good and funny times we shared in clinic!

Millie Massey, Program Director, Radiologic Technology Program, Midlands Technical College