Dr. Robert George Brewer

April 12, 1925January 29, 2021

Robert G. Brewer, MD passed away peacefully January 29, 2021, from natural causes at age 95. He was born on April 12, 1925 in Indianapolis, Indiana as the middle of three children. His sister, Betty Reed, predeceased him, and his older brother, Scott Brewer, is still going strong at 98+ years old. His parents were Scott Ridge Brewer and Eda Bose Brewer. He was father to Robby Brewer, Laura Brewer- Heilig, Susan Hammes, Megan Brewer (predeceased him in 2010 in Alaska), Amy Brewer, Georgia “Gigi” Carr, and John Brewer, and was stepfather to Scott Brown (predeceased in 2018), Daniel “Dusty” Brown, Matthew Brown, and Todd Brown. He was also the grandfather to 21 grandchildren, and 6 great grandchildren.

Robert lived in Indianapolis until 1933, age 8. His family then moved to Louisville, Kentucky for a year, and then to Washington, D.C. in late Spring, 1934. They resided in Bethesda, Maryland. He graduated from Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School in 1943, where he was a star athlete in baseball, basketball and football. He joined the Army Air Force after graduation. He served as a bomber pilot from 1943 –1945, flying B-25 and B-26 bombers (stateside). He attended Hamilton College, graduating in 1948, where he was also a star three sport athlete. He married Doris Van Iderstine in 1949, and then obtained his medical doctor degree from George Washington University in 1952. After several years of internship and residency in and around Washington, D.C., Robert began solo private practice as a surgeon in the mid-1950s.

Robert married Donna Sharp in 1968. They had 3 children together and moved to Virginia Beach in 1973. There, in addition to maintaining his surgical practice, Robert also became a farmer (Brewer’s East Farm), an office building developer (next door to the farm, where his office was), a restauranteur (Brewer’s East Inn), and was the Kellam High School physician for more than 20 years. Robert retired from his medical practice in 2000. He was self-confident, never arrogant, always pragmatic, incredibly hard-working, and genuinely friendly to everyone. He prided himself on eating well, staying in shape, and leading a healthy lifestyle. Clearly that helped his longevity!

Plans are being made for a small graveside service on April 10, 2021 at 1:00pm at Nimmo Methodist Church in Virginia Beach.


  • Graveside Service

    Saturday, April 10, 2021


Dr. Robert George Brewer

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Jenifer Brown

February 4, 2021

Bob Brewer (my Father in law's) passing!
I know you are there seeing and hearing all the beautiful things being stated about you because you truly were an amazing man!
You touched so many lives as a doctor, a father, grandfather, and friend that I feel blessed to have known and loved you! Hope you know that in all these 41 years of having the honor of you in my and daughter's lives meant everything to us! I really don't think I could have done life raising my girls without the total embracing love from you and Donna and the entire Brewer/Brown family! For that I will be forever grateful and miss you dearly!❤❤❤❤❤
Jenifer Brown

Jimmy Mariani

February 3, 2021

Dr Bob brewer I known for almost 2 years. He was a wonderful person. I enjoyed visiting him.
He was a great father and Grandpa and a friend to his family. He will be miss.
Love Jimmy

Patti Howle

February 3, 2021

My sincere condolences to the entire Brewer Family on the passing of a wonderful and dear man!
I worked for Dr Brewer at his office in 1988. I can only say that meeting and becoming a friend and part of his work family left an incredible impact on me. Dr Brewer was one in a million and left a very special place in my heart. I moved away but several times when I would visit Va Beach I would always look him up and stop for a short visit. He and Donna and the entire Brewer family were always so good to me and my husband Ken. We had dinner several times at the farm and always felt like family!
He was on inspiration to everyone he met!
A true warrior and healer!

I will always remember him skipping rope and doing his “calisthenics” as he would say every morning. To stay in shape and start each day!
And I remember Fritz his buddy not being too far away from bob for any kind of hand out from the kitchen .

Thanks for being a true friend and role model Dr Bob
Rest In Peace 🙏

Lots of Love
Patti and Ken Howle and family

Lenny Papineau

February 2, 2021

A super nice guy , in all the years I worked for him I have never scene him angry and I always remember him as being tough as nails (strength)!!. God Bless.

Susan George

February 1, 2021

My thoughts and prayers are with all the Brewer family during this difficult time. Cherish the good times and share the wonderful memories that your family have created. Dr. Brewer was an awesome man and raised a beautiful family - Hugs to you all.

Erin Sheats

February 1, 2021

Since I was a little kid, you always were tough on me, whether it was “don’t eat to much” or “putting me in jail” hahaha.. You always made sure I kept myself in line. Then as I got older, and having kids of my own, working hard in Dermatology and working my way up to where I am in life. I finally felt the sense that you were proud of me!!! That meant the world... As life progressed, you would always tell me to “stay sweet” then look at the boys and say “MIND YOUR MOTHER”
You were always such an inspiration to me. As a doctor/surgeon, to a loving family man that never missed an important game or competition for his kids. Going to church Sunday mornings, then brunch after with all the family. I’m truly grateful for the farm and everything I learned from you over the years. You will truly be missed grandpa
~ Erin

Madeline Day

February 1, 2021

Doc was my doctor in the mid 80s. That relationship turned into a friendship not only with him, but with his loving family. Our family was forever changed when he was an imperative part in the adoption of our son, Zach. Doc introduced us to our church by quietly encouraging us for 4 years! I will forever remember his love for his family, church, his farm, and his practice.
His authentic approach to life shown through his radiating smile and hugs. Rest in peace dear one and thanks for the memories at the farm, being neighbors, and at church. Thanks for being a second daddy to me.
Love ya - Madeline Day