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Robert Stragnell



Thursday, November 12, 2015
Hanover, N.H. — Robert Stragnell died on Thursday, Oct. 22, 2015. He was born in Ossining, N.Y., on Aug 26, 1923, to Gregory and Sylvia Jelliffe Stragnell; he was predeceased by his sister, Barbara. The family lived in Harmon on the Hudson, N.Y., and Short Hills, NJ. He attended the Scarborough School and Buxton Country Day School, graduated in 1941. He attended the University of Virginia then Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons from which he graduated in 1947.

He interned at the Huntington Memorial Hospital in Pasadena Cal. He was a Resident in Internal Medicine at the Veterans Administration Wadsworth Hospital in West Los Angeles, Cal., and a Trainee of the National Heart Institute at the Los Angeles County General Hospital. In 1952 the doctor draft landed him as a 1st Lieutenant at Fort Sam Houston, Texas, and then Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., where he was promoted to Captain.

He met and married third generation Californian Elizabeth Toll. In addition to his wife, he is survived by their six children: Sallie Rinderknecht (Rod), Park City, Utah; Gregory Stragnell (Penny), Moreton Pinkney, England; Susie Stragnell, Portland, Ore.; Robert (Sandy) Stragnell (Pam), Huletts Landing, N.Y.; Stephen Stragnell (Hope), Canaan, N.H.; and Sarah Foster, Redway, Cal.; twelve grandchildren and ten great-grands.

Dr. Stragnell was a solo internist in Arcadia, Cal., until his retirement in 1987. He was active in the local community as well as numerous medical organizations. Board Certified in Internal Medicine; as well as a Fellow of the American College of Physicians; President, Los Angeles Academy of Medicine.

In retirement the Stragnells moved to Prescott, Ariz. He quickly became active in the community, serving as president of the Phippen Museum of Western Art where he was the Curator of two exhibitions for which he wrote the gallery guides (Landscapes of the West and Five Ladies of Prescott and their Art). In 2004 they relocated to New Hampshire and became residents of the CCRC, Kendal at Hanover in 2006.

There will be no Memorial Service at present. The family requests that there be no flowers; donations may be made to Webb Schools of California, 1175 Baseline Rd., Claremont, CA, 91711, or to the charity of your choice.