Posted on: February 18, 2019
Dr. Robert Patrick Carroll Jr passed away on Dec. 24, 2018, after a brief illness.
Dr. Bob, as he was known to his friends, was born on Oct. 7, 1940, in Lexington to Robert Patrick Carroll Sr and Alice Robertson Carroll. He and Ruth Fagelson Carroll were married June 18, 1966, in Annandale, and she survives him.
Bob graduated from Washington and Lee University in 1962 with a bachelor of arts in biology. He graduated from the University of Virginia Medical School in 1966 and served a rotating internship at Brooke Army Medical Center, Fort Sam Houston Texas followed by two years’ service in the U.S. Army including a tour in Vietnam. He and his growing family moved to Nacogdoches, Texas, in January 1972 to work in the Student Health Center at Stephen F. Austin State University. In 1976 he opened up his own practice and worked there until 2006 when, after a 40-year career as a family practice physician, he retired from full-time private practice. After he closed his practice he continued to work for the East Texas Community Health Clinic and Burke operating an Alzheimer diagnosis and treatment clinic.
Bob had a servant’s heart and served in numerous leadership roles for the Nacogdoches County Medical Society, the American Medical Association, the national Alzheimer’s Association Board as well as many others. Bob was a deacon at Austin Heights Baptist Church, a former member of the Nacogdoches ISD School board and one of the founding physicians as well as a former Chief of Staff for Medical Center Hospital. Other leadership roles included serving as president of the board of the Millard’s Crossing Historic Village, the Christian Women’s Job Corps and the Nacogdoches Historic Zoning Board. He was particularly proud of his involvement with the formation of the East Texas Chapter of the National Alzheimer’s Association. He facilitated the first Alzheimer’s caregiver support group in Nacogdoches for almost 20 years. Bob loved all sports but especially Ladyjack basketball. He loved spending time with his family and watching his grandchildren participate in their activities.
He is survived by his wife, Ruth Fagelson Carroll; four children; six grandchildren; as well as a sister, two brothers-in-law, and a niece and nephew. He was preceded in death by his parents and sister Alice Carroll Wykoff.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Christian Women’s Job Corps, Austin Heights Baptist Church or the charity of your choice.