Stephen Robert Kovac
December 17, 1938 – December 12, 2019
S. Robert Kovac M.D., 80 years old, born December 17, 1938 and died on December 12, 2019. Grew up in University City, Missouri the second son of Mileva (nee Adžić) and Stojan Mirko (Kovačević) Kovac. Bob attended University City High School and received his B.A from Washington University, where he majored in medicine. He attended the University of Missouri School of Medicine, where he met MaryAnn Azar whom he married on May 18, 1963. After graduating from medical school, Bob and MaryAnn moved to Chicago where he did his internship at Northwestern University, then returned to St. Louis to complete his residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Barnes Hospital. Bob was drafted into the United States Army and served as Major and was a General Surgeon and Co-Hospital Commander in VietNam. He was a member of the 101st Airborne and was a Green Beret and was awarded a Purple Heart, a Bronze Star, the Combat Medic Badge, and the VietNam Paratrooper Wings. Bob returned to St. Louis and completed a fellowship in Gynecologic Surgery and Urogynecology at Barnes Hospital and went into private practice and began his academic career. He served as a Clinical Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Washington University School of Medicine and was on the teaching staff at St. John’s Mercy Medical Center.
In 1995, Bob married Patricia Daniels Kovac and they moved to Dayton, Ohio where he became Professor and Director, Division of Pelvic Reconstructive Surgery and Urogynecology and Division of General Obstetrics and Gynecologic Surgery, Wright State University School of Medicine, Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics. In 2000, he joined the Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics, Emory University School of Medicine where he became Emeritus Distinguished Professor of Gynecologic Surgery. Bob and Patricia traveled around the world speaking and teaching Vaginal Surgery and Vaginal Reconstructive Surgery and held and attended many conferences on Pelvic Reconstructive Surgery. He has served as an Editorial Consultant for Obstetrics and Gynecology, American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Journal of Pelvic Surgery, and International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Dr. Kovac has been a guest faculty member at many postgraduate conferences and he has written over 80 journal articles, chapters and books. He is recognized throughout the world as one of the most accomplished and innovative surgeons in the field of pelvic surgery.
After Bob retired from Emory, he moved from Atlanta GA to St. Pete Beach, FL, where he moved with his son Stephen. There he enjoyed playing golf, fishing, boating, and being a grandfather. Bob also liked to travel, smoke a good cigar and drinking whiskey or a good Pinot Noir.
Bob was preceded in death by mother and father Mileva and Stephen (Stojan) Kovac, his brother Michael (Sharon) and his frist wife MaryAnn, and his second wife Patricia. He was father to Kimberly Mileva(Scott) Hukari and Stephen Raymond (Kim) Kovac from his first marriage to MaryAnn and Phillip Kovac, Brian (Sarah) Daniels, Stephen Christopher (Carolyn) Kovac from his second marriage to Patricia. He was grandfather to Alexa Kovac, Hunter, Harrison, Hayes, and Heath Hukari, Christopher, Carter, and Charlie Ann Daniels, Michael, Emma, and Mia Kovac. He was uncle to Gregory (Dana) Kovac, Allison (Bob) Onder and Mark (Amy) Kovac, cousin to Vic(Ann) Glogovac, Elizabeth (Steve) Nichols, Radomir (Jermina) Kovačević, Srdjan (Jelena) Kovačević, Dr. Sasha (Aleksandar) Ljustina, Aleksandar (Branka) Adžić, Rade (Ksenja) Adžić, Silvana (nee Adžić) and Vitus Thali, Zorka (nee Adžić) Zdravko Virag and Miloš Adžić.
Bob was an extremely accomplished and devoted doctor who dedicated his life to women’s issues and was a true pioneer of vaginal surgery.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Society of Gynecologic Surgeons at https://www.sgsonline.org/ or Ducks Unlimited at https://www.ducks.org/ In memory of Dr. S Robert Kovac MD. Please visit www.beachmemorialchapel.com for his full biography and to place a tribute.
Stephen Robert Kovac
January 4, 2020
My heart is so broken to learn that Dr. Kovac has passed away. I worked with him at Emory Univ, Hospital as his Surgical Tech. for 6 years. We shared a bond that I will cherish forever. When he retired and moved to St. Pete, Florida, He told me, "now I can play golf and fish forever." I missed watching the football playoff with him after work hours and hanging with "Louie" the cat. I will always cherish his wisdom, advice and knowledge. I would like to send my prayers and condolences to his family. I will always remember and love him forever. "The Godfather"
Forever my love,
December 20, 2019
Words are insufficient at this time of loss. I have such fond memories of Dr. Kovac and his family from my childhood. My thoughts are with the family. XOXO
December 16, 2019
My prayers go out to his family.
Dr. Kovac was my gynecologist in St. Louis and I had my first born son by Dr. Kovac. My son is now 35..
I'm sure he will be missed by all.
December 16, 2019
Bob was a standout in many ways. He was a tough, talented running back while an undergrad for the Washington University football team. A mentor for those who knew him and a remembered friend who will be missed. A life well lived. Cullen Cline
December 15, 2019
Bob and I played many rounds of golf at Bellerive and Old Warson. Much fun for both of us. Also we had many social occasions together with Mary Anne, the Jack Bolins and the Ben Edwards. I missed him when he went to Wright State and then to Emory. He was a good surgeon and had great relationships with his Gyn Patients.
December 15, 2019
I'm so sorry to hear about Dr. Kovac's death. I worked for him at St. John's Mercy as an ultrasound technologist at his office for years. I have many memories of Dr. Kovac . He was the most fun-loving and kind doctors around. Of all the doctors I worked with, he earned my respect and surprised me the most. I loved his parties and the fact he shared so much with his staff. One memory I'll share was while he had a summer party instead of just being the host - he took my two young sons out to the backyard pond and helped them fish. Both he and the boys were so disappointed when I wouldn't let them take home a bucket of fish. Kim, I hope you and your family are doing well. Although I didn't know your brother, Stephen, I wish to extend sympathy to all the family members.
Peace be with you and God blessed us with knowing your dad!
December 15, 2019
Dr. Kovac delivered my daughter. He was there with me through all of the labor and of course the delivery.
He was an awesome doctor !
My condolences to the family.
He will be dearly missed.
December 14, 2019
I met Bob in 7th grade and went through jr. high, sr. high, and college with him. He showed compassion at an early age so it is not surprising he became a doctor, actually an authority in his field. He was a great person, a great person in many ways. If you knew him, you'd agree, and if you knew him, you will miss him.
December 12, 2019
I met Bob and Pat in 1995 at SGS. They were very kind to invite me to lecture and teach at the Seventh International Vaginal Surgery Conference in St. Louis in 1997 and at many conferences thereafter. I soon learned how to be a better presenter and instructor thanks to Bob. After a while, it was clear that as a friend of Bob and Pat Kovac, you were soon a member of their family. I have always appreciated my relationship with both Bob and Pat and their family. I miss them both. My condolences to Brian and Sarah, and all the extended Kovac family - blood linked or not. Great memories. Thanks to all. With fondness, Robert Rogers