On Sept 1, 1977, Dr Charles Rob retired as chairman of the Department of Surgery, University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, Rochester, NY. This brings to a close a chairmanship that extended more than 17 years and brings into focus a career that played a dominant role both in the United Kingdom and in the United States.
Educated at Cambridge University and St Thomas's Hospital in London, Dr Rob trained at St Thomas's until 1942 when his training was interrupted by the war. His three-year military career was one of recognition as evidenced by his receiving the Military Cross. He containued postgraduate studies at St Thomas's in England and in 1950 was appointed professor of surgery at the University of London at St Mary's Hospital. As a distinguished surgeon in the United Kingdom, he was awarded several honors, including the Hunterian Professor of the Royal College of Surgery