Dr. Robert E. H. Puntenney
Robert E. H. Puntenney, M.D., a great supporter of the Clan Wallace Society and Scottish History, passed away suddenly at his home in McMinnville, OR, on January 1, 2007. He was 89 years old.
He was born in Holly, CO on September 7, 1917, to Elma Grace Wallace Puntenney and Francis Herbert Puntenney. His mother, a Wallace by birth, immigrated to America directly from Scotland.
He attended Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa. He then went on to earn his medical degree from the University of Kansas and a specialty in Urology at UCLA in California. From there he held multiple teaching positions at UCLA, Stanford University, University of Iowa, and University of Nebraska medical schools. In these positions he was the recipient of numerous professional medical awards and service commendations.
He served in the Navy from 1942 to 1953, entering the service at the beginning of World War II as an enlisted man. Soon he was promoted to an officer and rose through those ranks as well. In 1952 he married Rosemarie Daniels and began raising a family.
Prior to his retirement in 1978, he accepted a position with the Veterans Administration Hospitals as a Chief of Staff where he was dedicated to improving the services provided to military veterans. After retirement, he continued with active participation in the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) and the American Legion.
His personal beliefs held an extremely strong dedication not only to his total family, but also to his heritage and he passed that on to his children. His son, Robert A. Puntenney, had the pleasure of enrolling him as a Life Member in Clan Wallace in September 1998, in tribute to his Wallace heritage, of which he had a very strong pride.
He is survived by his wife, 4 sons, 1 daughter, 13 grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren. He was dearly loved by both his family and his medical patients, and will be deeply missed by all. The entire Clan Wallace Society expresses its heartfelt condolences to Rosemarie and her family.
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