16 Jan Robert Mark Satovick M.D.
Robert Mark Satovick M.D.
In Loving Memory
Robert (Bob) born in Midvale, UT, on January 1, 1936, to Mark Robert Satovick and Pauline Francis (Vidic) Satovick, passed away January 13, 2017, in Salt Lake City, UT.
Bob was a graduate of Jordan High School in 1954, where he received numerous academic and athletic achievements. He won a Utah State Debate Tournament title, and the American Legion Oratorical contest. Bob was co-captain of the Beetdigger football team, and was selected to the first team Utah-All State football, his senior year. Bob went on to attend Columbia University, New York, N.Y., on a four year national scholastic scholarship, where he was captain of the football team, and earned All-Ivy. He was an officer in the Sigma-Chi fraternity, where his efforts and beliefs had profound and lasting impact. He graduated from Columbia University in 1958 in pre-med, and earned his M.D. from the University of Utah School of Medicine, in 1962. Bob completed his Medicine Internship at Boston City Hospital, in Boston, Mass., and served a Medicine Residency at the University of Utah Hospital. He then completed a Neurology Residency at Harvard Neurological Service of Boston City Hospital, and a Neuropathology Residency at the Harvard Neuropathological Unit of the Mallory Institute of Pathology.
Following residency, Bob entered the Navy as Lt. Commander and was appointed Chief of Neurology at the U.S. Naval Hospital on Guam. Following his service in the Navy, he joined the staff of the University of Southern California as Assistant Professor of Neurology. He returned to Utah in 1970 to join the staff of the University of Utah as an Assistant Professor of Neurology, where he established the Stroke Intensive Care Unit at the University of Utah Hospital, and subsequently served as the first director of the Intermountain Regional Medical Program (IRMP). Bob’s dedication to neurology and teaching led him to LDS Hospital in 1972, to become Chief of the Division of Neurology and Director of the Neurology Training Program, positions he held for 18 years.
In 1972, he co-founded Western Neurological Associates (WNA), in Salt Lake City. Along with his duties at LDS Hospital, Bob had a very successful practice of general neurology with WNA. Following retirement in 2004 from full-time practice at WNA, and in keeping with his commitment to patient service, he worked as a consultant in the Compensation and Pension Clinic at the Salt Lake City VA Hospital until 2012.
Bob considered his medical career one of the greatest accomplishments of his life, made possible by the many hundreds of patients he cared for who taught him compassion, humility, and respect.
Bob met Bonnie (Yvonne Kay Reiber) during medical school and they married in 1963. They had two sons, Christopher and Nicholas. He enjoyed family dinners and trips to Sun Valley, ID, and Carlsbad, CA, with Chris and his wife Michele, and Nick and his wife Heather, along with their two sons, Nate and Sam.
Bob enjoyed collecting salt water fish for his homemade aquarium on Guam, fly-fishing, playing tennis, and teaching his sons to ski. Bob never shied from any debate, and the livelier the better. In fact, he often said if he had not been a physician he would have been a trial attorney. In retirement, Bob read over 700 books, and was a science fiction junkie. On nights when it was difficult to sleep, he could often be found in his favorite chair, sipping fine tequila and watching an episode of Star Trek for the umpteenth time.
Bob applied the following quote from his favorite high school algebra professor to every endeavor he pursued, “All great men think clearly and if you are to be great, you too must think clearly.”
At Bob’s request, there will be no formal memorial service. You may choose to honor Bob’s life by making a donation to the Utah Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society in his name. Both Bob and the Society would be appreciative. Considering Bob’s beliefs, it is possible that he may meet you again in a parallel universe.
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