College Mourns the Passing of Dr. Viola Startzman Robertson '35

Served as college's medical director for 23 years

August 29, 2013 by John Hopkins

WOOSTER, Ohio, August 29, 2013 – Dr. Viola Startzman Robertson, who served as the college’s medical director for 23 years, died Wednesday. She was 99.

Startzman earned her bachelor’s degree in chemistry from The College of Wooster in 1935, a master’s in organic chemistry from Western Reserve University in 1941, and an M.D. from Western Reserve School of Medicine in 1945. She was a staff physician with the Cleveland Clinic and helped launch its pediatric department. In 1956, she became the medical director of The College of Wooster’s student health service, a position she held until her retirement in 1979.

In retirement, she helped organize and start a community clinic in Wooster. In 2000, its name was changed to the Viola Startzman Free Clinic in her honor, and its work continues today.

“Dr. Viola Startzman was indeed an amazing woman in many ways,” Stanley Gault, chairman emeritus of the college’s board of trustees told The Daily Record. “Especially during these turbulent economic times, it is difficult to imagine how many people would not have had the opportunity for medical consultation or attention [without her].”

The Daily Record’s complete story on Dr. Startzman’s passing can be found here.