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1934 - 2016

Robert A. Senft, M.D. (I 1964)

Dr. Senft died June 15, 2016, at the age of 82, of complications of Parkinson’s disease. Bob was born March 5, 1934, in Philadelphia. He graduated from Gettysburg College and received his medical degree in 1960 from Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia. He was certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine after completion of his residency at the Mayo Clinic. He married Helen Bell in 1959. He served as a medical officer in the U.S. Air Force for two years and thereafter practiced at the Fairmont Medical Clinic in Fairmont, W. Va., for three years. In 1969, he and his family moved to Portland where he joined Northwest Permanente and practiced there until his retirement in 1994.

Bob and Barbara Stevens Pheister were married in 1981. Dr. Senft served as medical director for Bess Kaiser Hospital and clinics for five years, directed Addiction Services for Kaiser Permanente in Portland, and developed and directed a program dedicated to the well-being of physicians and their families, the Physician Advocate Resource, for Northwest Permanente. Bob sailed for a week every summer in the San Juan Islands for more than 30 years with “the guys,” and volunteered with Barbara at Medical Teams International in the warehouse in Tigard. Through the Elderhostel program, they traveled to several states working as service volunteers for a number of years helping to restore and preserve historic sites around the country.

Bob is survived by his wife, Barbara; sons, Andy (Linda), David (Brenda), Mike and Matt; stepchildren, Julie (Chuck) Camp, Brad (Desiree) Pheister, Patti (Steve) Hale and Kathy Pheister; grandchildren, Jared Senft, Corinne Senft, Joel Pheister, Colin Pheister, Sarah (Jeremy) Dickman and Kristin (Stefan) Bester; and great-grandchildren, Tarin, Aidan and Gemma Daphne. He was preceded in death by his stepson, Mike Pheister in 2006.

A celebration of life will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 25, 2016, at Hearthstone at Murrayhill in Beaverton where Bob lived in memory care at the time of his death. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests remembrances be made to Medical Teams International, 14150 S.W. Milton Court, Tigard, OR 97224. Arrangements are by Springer and Son.

Obituary courtesy of OregonLive.com.