Dr. Robert J. Mead, Jr. departed this life on October 8th, 2019 at his home in Asheboro, NC after a brief illness. He was born on December 13, 1945 to the late Robert J. Mead, Sr. and Lois Brown Mead in Wilmington, Delaware. He is survived by his wife, Carol; three children, Ashlee and partner Nate, Philip and wife Rebecca, Trisha and husband Michael; & grandchildren, Monroe and Walker. Also surviving him are his three siblings, twin brother Richard, sister Linda Erickson (John), and brother Charles (Kerri). He was preceded in death by his first child, Stephanie Jill, his parents Robert J. Mead Sr. and Lois (Brown) Mead, niece Lori McCullough, and sister-in-law Majorie Mead.
Robert attended Brandywine High School in Wilmington, Delaware. Upon graduation, he received his Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in 1967 from Juniata College in Pennsylvania, Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in 1972 from Purdue University in Indiana, and Doctor of Medicine (MD) in 1978 from Jefferson Medical College. While earning his Doctor of Medicine, Dr. Mead completed an Infectious Disease rotation in Bangkok, Thailand. His post graduate training was completed at Wilmington Medical Center, Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, the University of Pennsylvania, and the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. During his career, Dr. Mead was Board Certified in Pediatrics, Allergy & Clinical Immunology, and Anesthesiology.
Robert married Carol Lynn (Marshall) Mead in June of 1979 in Wilmington DE, & moved his family to North Carolina in 1988. Robert enjoyed many hobbies throughout his life including soccer, racquetball, and many outdoor activities including backpacking, canoeing, and leading long-distance cycling trips for youth groups. He was an active member of the BMW Club of America & participated in many of the local chapter events including many driver schools held at racetracks on the east coast. Robert also had a great love for sports, classical and jazz music, as well as reading.
Dr. Mead had an extraordinary life and career in medicine. Despite his lifelong struggles with bipolar disorder, his love of medicine and passion for his patients drove him to achieve his professional goals. In honor of his accomplishments and in lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Depression & Bipolar Support Alliance (www.dbsalliance.org). Family & friends will receive details of a Celebration of Life.
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