Posted on: June 22, 2021
Robert Judson Camp, II, MD, passed away on May 22, 2021. He was a native Floridian born in Tampa in 1928 to Vaughan and Willie Louise Lowry Camp. In 1932 they, along with Bob’s brothers Lowry and Vaughan, moved to Miami Shores.
Bob attended Porter Military Academy in Charleston, South Carolina, and Woodberry Forest Prep School in Woodberry, Virginia. He then attended Princeton University becoming a member of Dial Lodge and earning his degree in Chemistry, Class of ’51.
Upon graduating he took his medical training at the University of Virginia Medical School, following with internship at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami. During this time, while attending a Christmas party in his hometown of Miami, Bob met the love of his life and spouse of 63 years, Sylvia, daughter of Si and Myrtle Greene of Coral Gables, Florida.
They were married and moved to Marianna, Florida where he served as an Air Force Captain and Flight Surgeon for two years. Moving next to Charlottesville, Virginia, Bob completed his three-year medical residency at the University of Virginia. He spent his free time starting up the Andiamo Sports Car Club, rally racing around Virginia in his Austin Healey Sprite, Sylvia as co-pilot. They then moved with their children, Gay, Kimberly, and Bob, back to Coral Gables, Florida, where Bob started a 27-year Ear, Nose and Throat medical practice in partnership with Dr. Fred Meadows. Located directly next to city hall in Coral Gables, they and their loyal and outstanding staff spent 27 years as the “go to” ENT practice in Miami.
Bob was a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, the American Medical Association, the Southern Medical Association, and the Florida and Dade County Medical Associations. He was board certified by the American College of Otolaryngology and was extended an invitation into the Sigma Xi Scientific Research Society.
Bob spent time as Chief of the ENT Department at Miami Variety Children’s Hospital. He practiced at Doctors, Baptist, Miami Variety Children’s, and Jackson Memorial Hospital, and volunteered his time at the Board of Speech and Hearing Clinic. He also was on the Board of Directors of Easter Seals. Bob belonged to the Rotary club where he became a Paul Harris Fellow, and served on the vestry at St. Phillip’s Episcopal Church.
His weekends were busy with Miami Hurricane or Dolphin home games at the Orange Bowl, spending time with his family on their boat the “Deci-Bell”, or playing tennis. He later enjoyed windsurfing off Key Biscayne.
In 1988 Bob retired from his medical practice and he and Sylvia moved to Jupiter, joining Gay, Kimberly, son Bob and their families. It was here that Bob enjoyed the next 31 years of his life living on the Loxahatchee River; enjoying the beautiful garden created by Sylvia, piloting the family pontoon boat for years, and watching their grandchildren grow up playing in their back yard.
Bob belonged to many clubs through his years including The Iron Eagles and The Bachelors’, Riviera Country Club, Miami Club, University Club, Dinner Key Cruising Club, Biscayne Bay Yacht Club, the Opera Guild of Miami, Cypress Links Golf Club, Tequesta Country Club and Jupiter Inlet Beach Club.
Bob was a generous and loving man with an incredible wit and a love for life. He was a consummate husband, father, friend and physician. He is already greatly missed.
Survivors include wife, Sylvia, children Gay Lathe, Kimberly Tassell (Dave), Robert J. Camp, III (Kendra), and grandchildren Judson Lathe, Blair Tassell Owen (Lee), Rebecca Tassell, Carlton Tassell, Vaughan Camp, Avery Camp, Robert J. Camp IV, and great grandchildren Sylvie June Owen and Augustus Owen. In lieu of flowers Bob requested donations be made to the Best Friends Animal Society or Jupiter Hospital.
The family gives thanks for the caring provided by Trustbridge Hospice team and grandson, Judson Lathe.
A private family gathering is planned.