Robert Eberly

Obituary of Robert Eberly

Robert Lincoln Eberly, 81, passed away peacefully on September 17, 2017, at Cortland Regional Medical Center.

Robert was born on February 12, 1936 in Cazenovia, N.Y., the son of the late Paul Franklin Eberly and Ruth McLean Eberly. He lived in several Central New York locations prior to Cortland, where he graduated from Cortland High School in 1953. He graduated from Harvard College in 1959, after spending two years working with the American Friends Service Committee in Chicago and San Francisco. Robert received his medical degree from the University of Rochester (1964) and completed a residency programs in Pediatrics and Medicine at Western Reserve/Cleveland Metro Hospital in Ohio.

Dr. Eberly served as a pediatrician in Cortland until 1982, when he joined the Emergency Department of Cortland Memorial Hospital until 1998. From 1999 until 2006 he was Medical Advisor to the Cortland County Health Department. Dr. Eberly held memberships in the county and state medical societies, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the American College of Emergency Physicians. He was selected as Cortland Physician of the Year in 1996. He served on the Board of Trustees of Tompkins-Cortland Community College for several years, and as Vice-President in 2004-06.

Bob enjoyed outdoor sports, raising a small flock of sheep in Virgil, reading, and following the Boston Red Sox. He will be remembers for his dedication to his profession, his family and his community, and to the ideals of peace and justice in the world.

Dr. Eberly is survived by his wife of fifty-five years, Linda, his son Jonathan, daughter Karen (Marc) Beckman, grandchildren Ian, Rachel and Elise, and a number of extended family members.

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by a sister, Martha, and brother Donald.

A calling hour will be held from 10 to 11am on Thursday September 28th, at the Wright-Beard Funeral Home Inc., with a service immediately following at 11.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be directed to charity or organization of one's choice.