‘Dr. Bob’ Bedrossian dies at 86

Ophthalmologist established eye clinic in Vancouver

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Well-known ophthalmologist Dr. Robert H. Bedrossian died Friday in Vancouver, his family said. He was 86.

A 50-year member of the Rotary Club of Vancouver, he went by “Dr. Bob.”

Bedrossian and wife Carolyn moved to Clark County in the late 1950s. He established the Bedrossian Eye Clinic, which later became the Bedrossian Keown Eye Clinic and then Vancouver Eye Care. He retired from his practice in 1999 at the age of 75.

His parents came to the United States from Armenia with other family members in 1908. His older brother and father also were ophthalmologists.

His family said he served as chief ophthalmologist at a U.S. Army hospital in Texas and was a visiting lecturer and surgeon in Third World countries, including Afghanistan, China, Indonesia, Kenya and Armenia. In the late 1980s and early 1990s, Bedrossian performed numerous eye surgeries in a jet airplane fully equipped as an operating room for needy patients in Cyprus, Thailand, Spain, El Salvador and China.

Bedrossian served as president of the Southwest Washington Medical Center’s medical staff and surgery department. He volunteered at the Casey Eye Institute at Oregon Health and Science University and the Free Clinic of Southwest Washington. He spoke about his profession to elementary, middle and high school students.

He served on the Rotary Club of Vancouver board of directors and established the Bedrossian Family Scholarship Fund with the Vancouver Rotary Foundation. He was the incorporator and president of Lake Shore Athletic Club (1959-62), chairman of the Citizens’ Committee for School Support — Vancouver Public Schools (1961-65), incorporator and trustee for St. Joseph Community Hospital (1966-74), and member of the Governor’s Comprehensive Health Planning Council (1968-74).

A public memorial service is being planned, the family said.