Dr. Robert L. Keisler, 89

Dr. Robert L. Keisler, 89

star December 24, 2021 ~ 20 Tevet 5782


Dr. Robert L. Keisler, M.D., age 89, died peacefully in his sleep on December 24, 2021. Robert, who was also known to friends as Bob, was born in Louisville, Kentucky to Esther Harrison Keisler and Adolph Keisler on May 21, 1932. He was predeceased by his loving wife, Emily Weiss Keisler, his twin brother Melvin and sister Doris Heller. He is survived by his children, Robert “Bob” Keisler, Jr. (Amy), Missy Noon (Chuck) of Knoxville, and Milton Dortch (Janet) of Atlanta and grandchildren, Ashley (Carrie Braley) Dortch, Alexandra (Ian) Roth, Evan (Liana) Noon, Keaton (Katherine) Noon, Elizabeth Noon, Jacob Keisler, Sarah Keisler and great grandchildren Braley Dortch and Murray Roth. He is also survived by his best friend, Wilma (his sweet beagle).

Robert graduated from Male High School and the University of Louisville, and did his residency at Ohio State University. He practiced medicine as an orthopedic surgeon, primarily at Jewish Hospital and Clark Memorial Hospital, with the group Goldman, Keisler & Gladstein. Robert was a Clinical Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Louisville. He was a dedicated physician—respected by his peers, and loved by his patients. He took great pride in his career, which spanned over forty years. He loved his patients, to whom he provided his calm demeanor, care, and kindness, and he truly admired and appreciated the doctors and nurses with whom he worked.

Robert was a generous and caring husband, brother, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather who always put family first, as they were his passion. He worked tirelessly to provide for their security. He provided sage advice and was a strong, supportive voice with abundant kindness. Robert encouraged his family to reach for their goals, wishes and dreams without fear and he put others before himself. He was a model in his practice of gratitude, giving thanks daily for his family, his beloved pets and the ability to practice medicine. Robert loved animals and was never without a dog.

Robert was a scholar in every sense of the word and found great pleasure in studying Judaism, art and design, the meaning of beauty and love and philosophy. He was an accomplished watercolorist and craftsman, gardener and bridge player. Robert also loved the performing arts, holding season tickets to Actors Theater of Louisville and Louisville Orchestra for decades. He was a member of the Innominate Society, Louisville Bridge Club and The Temple. Robert was an accomplished basketball player in his youth and he was proud to have won several MVP trophies. He was also a Boy Scout in Troop 30 and credited his medical-related merit badges and competitions to his interest in becoming a doctor.

His family wishes to express their gratitude to all of the amazing caregivers who looked after Robert. Expressions of sympathy in his honor may be made to the animal care organization of your choice. A private burial will be held in the near future.