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Name:   Robert O. Reisig  M.D.

Born:   January 3, 1926

Died:   August 1, 2018 (92)

SMC Member: May 21, 1997 (21)

Dr. Reisig graduated from Monroe High School in 1943. At 17, he enlisted in the U.S. Naval Reserve, training as a naval pilot in Pensacola, Fla., and studying at Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass. After completing his military service, he attended the University of Michigan Medical School and completed a specialty in ophthalmology at University of Michigan Hospital.

On July 3, 1952, he married Alice McLean and together they raised one son and three daughters. Dr. Reisig was an avid skier, hunter, fisherman and woodworker and enjoyed playing tennis. A true renaissance man, he spent his free time playing the piano and studying the work of William Shakespeare.
Most of all, he loved spending time with his family and friends on Oden Island in Petoskey and Singer Island in Palm Beach Shores, Fla.  Dr. Reisig is survived by his wife of 66 years, Alice M. Reisig; sister, Mary Minugh; son, Dr. Robert O. Reisig Jr. (Tracy Selby); daughters, Janet Cieslak (Russell), Barbara Reisig and Carolyn Cobane (Michael); grandchildren, Katherine and Michael Reisig, Claudia, Robert and Alison Cieslak, Erin and George Cobane and Richard Sadlowski.  He was predeceased by his parents, Edmund and Grace Reisig; brother, Bill Reisig and infant son, Kurt Reisig.

A memorial service will be 3 p.m. Friday, Aug. 17, at St. James Lutheran Church, 170 McMillan, Grosse Pointe Farms.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Little Traverse Conservancy at or Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation at

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