Posted on: June 20, 2023
Alexander Robertson 54, of Barrington, RI passed away on May 24, 2023, surrounded by his loving family at the HopeHealth Hulitar Hospice Center, Providence after a courageous battle with brain cancer. He was the beloved husband of Michelle (DeRoche) Robertson and proud father of three cherished daughters, Anna S. Robertson of Mashpee, MA, Hope K. Robertson of Boston, MA, and Katherine T. Robertson of Barrington, RI.
Alex was born December 1, 1968 in Albany, NY, the son of Prudence (Prescott) Robertson of Vero Beach, FL and Dublin, NH and the late Russell W. Robertson, MD. He is also survived by his two sisters, Katherine R. Tarrant of Darien, CT, and Elizabeth R. Sheehan (and husband William) of Fairfield, CT, as well as three nieces, Lily P. Tarrant, Louise P. Sheehan, Katherine M. Sheehan, and nephew, Russell R. Tarrant. In addition to the unconditional love and support from his family, Alex was supported by many close and compassionate friends throughout his illness.
Alex spent his childhood in West Hartford, CT where he was introduced to the medical field at an early age by his father, Russell, who was an Ear, Nose and Throat surgeon at Hartford Hospital. Alex shared his father’s passion for healthcare and chose to care for those in need above all else. Alex attended high school at the Loomis Chaffee School in Windsor, CT, where he excelled academically and athletically, graduating Cum Laude in 1987, serving as a member of the varsity soccer and lacrosse teams and as a nationally ranked squash player. Following high school, he completed his undergraduate degree at Dartmouth College in Hanover, NH, graduating in 1991, where he played varsity lacrosse and squash, was a member of the Chi Herot fraternity, and graduated Cum Laude. Before entering medical school, he spent a year working on the ski slopes in Telluride, CO.
Alex earned his medical degree at the University of Virginia in 1997 before completing his residency and Trauma Fellowship in orthopedic surgery at Brown University in Providence, RI in 2002. He furthered his medical training at Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia, where he completed a fellowship in Spine.
Alex joined University Orthopedics in 2004 as an Orthopedic Spine Surgeon. He was the recipient of the 2022 Excellence in Teaching Award at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University Department of Orthopedics. He also won the award in 2015; this recognition underscores his exceptional dedication to teaching and mentorship. He was a beloved and attentive doctor and took great pride in trying to restore a better quality of life to all of his patients.
In spite of all of his medical success, he was most proud of his three daughters. A devoted father, he was always there for his girls, coaching them all in numerous sports over the years and attending every one of their events and games. He was also a loving son and brother who cherished family traditions such as the annual Robertson Thanksgiving soccer tournament.
He was adventurous and had a deep love of the outdoors. As a young boy he traveled all over the world with his father, while developing a passion for fishing. In addition, he enjoyed skiing, mountain biking, kayaking, and hiking especially with his wife Michelle and beloved dogs, Clyde and Dublin. He also enjoyed all racquet sports including tennis, paddle tennis and squash.