Robert J. Braunlin, M.D.

   Robert J. Braunlin, M.D.

Robert Justice Braunlin, M.D., age 85, of Fort Wayne, IN, passed away May 29 surrounded by family. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, and friend. As a physician, he served patients in Fort Wayne and surrounding communities for 35 years.

Bob was born and raised in Marion, IN and first met his wife, Roberta Husted, while at Marion High School.

He earned his BS in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University and his Doctor of Medicine from Indiana University. During medical residency,  a research team asked for Bob’s help to design a device. He helped them develop the first fetal heart monitor that employed a scalp electrode, and solved the problem of separating the fetal electrocardiac signal from that of the mother. He became an Ear, Nose & Throat doctor and treated each patient with singular attention.

Inquisitive since childhood, he loved to learn and to teach others. His awe of the natural world was the portal through which he experienced God. He enjoyed creatively teaching others, especially his children and grandchildren, and celebrated in their discoveries. He served as an instructor for nursing students and medical residents. He enjoyed helping so many with homework and volunteered as a tutor through Study Connection.

A man of diverse interests, he was also a pilot, humorous poet, and computer enthusiast. He loved being surrounded by family, especially during vacations to the mountains.

He is survived by Roberta Husted Braunlin, his devoted wife of 62 years; daughters, Dr. Sue Ellen Braunlin (Dr. Ronald Reisman) of Indianapolis, Dr. Kathryn (Charles) Carboneau of Fort Wayne, Dr. Barbara (Dr. Doug) Conard of Lafayette; brothers William Braunlin of Bloomington and Dr. Earl Braunlin of Fort Wayne; grandchildren, Elias Reisman, Marta Reisman, Russell (Whitney) Conard, Grace Conard, Emerson Conard.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, August 2, 2014 at 11:00am in the chapel at Towne House Retirement Center, 2209 St. Joe Center Road, Fort Wayne, IN with calling one hour prior.

The family would like to thank the Towne House staff and Parkview Hospice for their care and concern. Memorials to: the Alzheimers Association, Greater Indiana Chapter, 50 E. 91st Street, Suite 100, Indianapolis, IN, 46240 or charity of choice.

4 thoughts on “Obituary

  1. Terri White

    Dr. Braunlin was a godsend for my two children. They both had continuous ear infections and he diagnosed and surgically resolved their problems quickly. He never failed to clearly communicate with me, always wanting me to understand and even see (with the aid of his instruments) what he could see. I was so sorry to learn of his passing…he was a wonderful man and an outstanding physician. I am certain he touched many lives and will be remembered by many. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.

  2. Suzanne Wright

    I’m so very sorry to hear of your loss. Prayers for you and your family.
    God’s Blessings, Suzy

  3. Pam (Hillery) Proctor

    Dear wonderful Braunlin family, I am so sorry to hear about Bob’s death. It is beautiful to know that you were with him at the end — and all the way through his illness, too. What an amazing man. He was a genius. I am glad I once knew him. Much love to each of you.

  4. Admin Post author

    June 04, 2014

    Dear Roberta and family,
    My thoughts are with you at this sad time.
    With deep sympathy,

    Riet zwiep


    June 04, 2014

    I live in North Carolina but grew up in Fort Wayne. Mom informed me of Dr. Braunlin’s passing. I was a patient of his as a child. She told me to make sure and read the obituary. Very interesting man! Condolences to the family.

    Jeff Sittloh,
    Concord, North Carolina


    June 03, 2014

    Katie, I was so sorry to hear about your dad. My prayers are with you.

    Mary Jane Johnston


    June 01, 2014

    Dear Roberta, Katie, Barbara and families:
    I extend my deepest condolences on the passing of Dr. Braunlin. My thoughts and prayers are with you in this difficult time. May the many memories of your time together sustain you.

    Philip Darling,
    Chicago, Illinois


    June 01, 2014




    June 01, 2014

    I am so sorry to learn of Bob’s passing. I would like to extend our sympathy to the family

    Howard & Barbara Mundt, Marion IN


    June 01, 2014

    Roberta & family — So sorry to hear of Bob’s passing. It was a pleasure working with Bob for the many years we shared his medical practice. He always gave a 100% for his patients, never allowing a time clock to govern his time with his patients to interfere with a search for a cure for their problem. Hope is all well with you and your family

    Berton Bryan,
    Fort Wayne, Indiana

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