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ODÉN - Obituary for Robert R. Odén, MD (1922–2008)


Dr. Robert Odén passed away Sunday, May 18, 2008, at his home in Captiva Island, Florida. He succumbed peacefully, surrounded by his family, after a long battle with a progressive peripheral neuropathy.

Dr. Odén lived a full and productive life, beginning his early years in Chicago. He graduated from Senn Public High School in Chicago and then attended Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois, before transferring to the University of Illinois. He graduated from the University of Illinois in 1943 with a Bachelor’s Degree in biology.

Dr. Rudolph Odén, Bob’s father, was an orthopaedic surgeon and Bob always wanted to follow in his footsteps. While in high school and college, he frequently would shadow his father in the office and the operating room, which gave him the incentive to pursue orthopaedics.

After college he attended Northwestern University, where he obtained his medical degree. He served his internship at Augustana Hospital, followed by an orthopaedic residency at Northwestern University in Chicago, and a 1-year fellowship in pediatric orthopaedics at Shriner’s Hospital in Chicago. He then practiced in Chicago, consulting frequently with his father, until he moved to Aspen, Colorado, in 1957. In Aspen he started Orthopaedic Associates and was the first orthopaedist on the Western Slope of Colorado. He started clinics in Aspen, Snowmass, Vail, Glenwood Springs, and Rifle.

Bob was one of the early active members of Association of Bone and Joint Surgeons (ABJS), which was started in 1947. He and a few members of the ABJS did volunteer work in Jordan in the 1960s. From this experience, they helped start Orthopaedics Overseas which today teaches orthopaedics throughout the world.

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