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Full Text of SR0028  100th General Assembly




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2    WHEREAS, The members of the Illinois Senate are saddened to
3learn of the death of W. Robert Elghammer M.D., who passed away
4on December 2, 2016; and
5    WHEREAS, Dr. Elghammer was born in Chicago to Dr. H.
6William and Anna Stena (Peterson) Elghammer on June 26, 1923;
7he married Doris E. Postlewaite on September 11, 1948; and
8    WHEREAS, Dr. Elghammer received his undergraduate medical
9education at the University of Chicago and interned at St.
10Luke's Hospital in Chicago; he served a pediatric residency at
11Children's Memorial Hospital in Chicago and completed a
12fellowship at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota under
13world-renowned pediatrician, Dr. Benjamin Spock; and
14    WHEREAS, Dr. Elghammer served in the United States Army
15from 1943 to 1946 and then with the United States Public Health
16Service in Alaska; he began his pediatric practice in Danville
17on January 16, 1953, retiring in 2011; and
18    WHEREAS, In 1956, Dr. Elghammer spearheaded a drive to
19inoculate all the children of Vermilion County from polio; he
20was known to provide free vaccinations from other diseases to
21children from families who could not afford to pay for them; he



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1was instrumental in the founding of the Vermilion County Mental
2Health Center and the Intensive Care Nursery at Danville Lake
3View Hospital; and
4    WHEREAS, Dr. Elghammer was a founding board member of
5Vermilion County Head Start and was the founding President of
6the Vermilion County Historical Museum Society; he was a member
7of First Presbyterian Church, the Danville Country Club, the
8American Medical Association, the Illinois State Medical
9Association, and the Vermilion County Medical Society; and
10    WHEREAS, Dr. Elghammer was preceded in death by his wife,
11Doris; his son, Eric; his parents; and his brother, Richard;
13    WHEREAS, Dr. Elghammer is survived by his children, James,
14Richard, Eric, and Sally (Hornett), and his grandchildren, Dean
15and Ellen; therefore, be it
17ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF ILLINOIS, that we mourn the passing of
18W. Robert Elghammer M.D., and extend our sincere condolences to
19his family, friends, and all who knew and loved him; and be it
21    RESOLVED, That a suitable copy of this resolution be



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1presented to the family of Dr. Elghammer as an expression of
2our deepest sympathy.