Daniel Keith Roberts

Daniel Keith Roberts

Azim Studios, Wichita, Kansas


Daniel Keith Roberts died at his home in Wichita, Kansas at the age of 62 years. He was Chief of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Professor and Chairman of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Wesley Medical Center in Wichita at the time of his death.

Dan Roberts was raised in Nebraska and graduated from Wahoo High School in 1954. He received a B.A. in natural science from Nebraska Wesleyan University and graduated medical school Cum Laude in 1961 from the University of Nebraska College of Medicine. During his year of rotating internship in 1961-1962, Dan completed his thesis on Intermediary Circulation of the Spleen by Electron Microscopy in the Department of Anatomy at the University of Nebraska, receiving an M.S. degree in 1962. In 1963 he received his Ph.D. degree from the University of Nebraska College of Medicine, working in the departments of anatomy and obstetrics and gynecology. His research was related to the ultrastructure of the human endometrial glands during the sexual cycle.

Between 1963 and 1965 Dan was stationed at the USAF School of Aerospace Medicine at Brooks Air Force Base in Texas, where he became the Chief, Electron Microscope Section of Pathology, as well as the head of anatomic pathology at the School of Aerospace Medicine. After his discharge from the Air Force, Dan completed his residency training in pathology in 1968 and in obstetrics and gynecology in 1969 at The University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston. Upon his return to Kansas, Dan was appointed Chief of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Wesley Medical Center in Wichita, and in 1973 Professor and Chairman of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Wesley Medical Center, The University of Kansas School of Medicine. In 1977, he was appointed a Professor in the Department of Pathology at The University of Kansas School of Medicine.

During his years in Wichita, Dan slowly built an outstanding department of obstetrics and gynecology. The residency program at Wesley Medical Center flourished, and the young men and women training under his supervision left the program extremely well trained obstetricians and gynecologists. In addition to his direction of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Dan organized the development of an outstanding electron microscopic unit at Wesley Hospital. This has come to be recognized as one of the foremost centers of electron microscopy in the country. Numerous studies related to the microscopic changes in ovarian tumors, as well as the relationship between vasculature, stroma, and epithelium within the endometrium have come from this laboratory.

Certainly, Dan has been recognized as one of the few premier obstetric-gynecologic pathologists in the United States. In addition to the development of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology in Wichita and his research work, Dan has participated in the activities of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, as well as the Association of Professors of Gynecology and Obstetrics. For years he was Program Chairman for District VII of the ACOG and between 1983 and 1986 was Chairman of the Kansas section of ACOG. He has been Consultant, Professional Liability Commission for ACOG, as well as the representative to the American Registry of Pathology for the ACOG. From 1981 until the time of his death in 1994 Dan was an examiner for the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

Over the years Dan became a member of numerous societies in the fields of obstetrics and gynecology and pathology. At the time of his death he was a member of the Board of Directors of APGO Medical Education Foundation, as well as the Board of Trustees of the Central Association of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.

The record is clear that Daniel Roberts was a most exceptional individual, respected everywhere for his dedication to education and research in the fields of obstetrics, gynecology, and pathology. Above and beyond this, however, Dan was a fine man. Those who knew him well recognized his innate intelligence, integrity, and honesty. His word was his bond.

In recognition of his many contributions to the medical college in the areas of research and teaching, The University of Kansas Medical Center, Wichita, is building a new facility that will house the Women's Research Institute and that will be named the Daniel K. Roberts Center for Research.

In the 9 years before his death Dan became a grandparent six times over and he quickly fell into the mode of the doting grandfather — and loved every minute of it. It was quite obvious that Dan had a wonderful family life with his wife, Maggie, and their children and grandchildren. Not only will he be missed by them, but also by the many friends and colleagues who had the pleasure of knowing him.

Submitted by Raymond H. Kaufman

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