Posted on: August 5, 2019
Robert F. Aldrich, MD, 72, died peacefully on July 19,2019 listening to Mahler with his wife and daughter after being surrounded by family and friends at Ocean Medical Center in Brick, NJ.
Dr. Aldrich was born in Jersey City and grew up in Little Falls, NJ, the son of Frank and Winifred Aldrich and beloved brother of Philip Aldrich.
As a child he played baseball for Little Falls Little Athletic Club and was a lifelong fan of the Yankees. Graduating from Passaic Valley High School in 1964, he then graduated from Washington and Lee University with a BS degree in Biology and obtained his MD from the University of Virginia. He then served with the Public Health Service at the NIH in Washington, DC. and then went on to complete his cardiology fellowship at Yale University in New Haven, CT in 1978.
Bob and his wife, Linda, settled in Parsippany, NJ where he joined Cardiology Associates of North West Jersey. In 2001, Bob and Linda fulfilled a lifelong dream of becoming innkeepers of The Inn at Weston in Weston, Vermont.
His hobbies and interests were many. He taught himself music and in his 40’s enjoyed piano lessons in NYC. He had vast knowledge in the topics of astronomy, physics, literature, English history, religion, horticulture, and photography.
He loved orchids and had the largest private orchid greenhouse in Vermont. He had a passion for gardening and his garden was a favorite among the Long Valley Garden Tour.
He was a beloved physician by his patients, a mentor and friend to many and his gentle nature and demeanor will be forever remembered. He leaves behind his beloved wife and life partner of 50 years, Linda (Reo) Aldrich, two sons, a daughter, and four grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the American Cancer Society, PO Box 22478, Oklahoma City, OK 73123.