Dr. Robert W. Clubb of Bedford, an otolaryngologist, died Saturday [October 17, 1998] at Bedford Veterans Administration Hospital after a long illness. He was 74.
Born and raised in Aberdeen, Wash., he was a resident of West Newton and Waltham for many years, and had lived in Bedford for the past three years.
During World War II, he served in the Marine Corps and received a Silver Star while serving with Edson’s Raiders at Guadalcanal for rescuing several wounded men under heavy gunfire.
After the war, Dr. Clubb returned to Washington. He attended Linfild College and graduated with a bachelor’s in public health in 1949.
He graduated from Harvard University Dentistry School in 1954, and he received his master’s degree in otolaryngology from Harvard University Medical School in 1956.
Dr. Clubb enlisted in the Air Force and served his medical residency at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas. At that time, he was among a medical team that worked with astronauts Alan Shepard Jr., John Glenn and Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin when they returned from their Mercury and Apollo missions.
Dr. Clubb worked as an otolaryngologist with Massachusetts General Hospital, Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Newton-Wellesley Hospital for many years.
He also worked as an assistant clinical associate professor at Tufts University Dental School.
Dr. Clubb opened two otolaryngology practices on Commonwealth Avenue and Beacon Street. Some of his patients included members of the Boston Symphony Orchestra.
He was a member of the American Medical Association and Massachusetts Medical Society, a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and a Harvard University alumnus.
He founded the National Asbestoses Foundation, and he was an avid fisherman and coin collector.
Husband of the late Geraldine (Gardner), Dr. Clubb leaves a son, Robert W. Jr. of Waltham; a daughter, Wendy G. Meyer of Winnipeg, Ontario, Canada; a sister, Mary Anne Basich; and five grandchildren.
A funeral service was held yesterday at the chapel of the Brasco & Sons Memorial, Waltham.
A private burial will be in Massachusetts National Cemetery, Bourne, at a later date.
Arrangements by Brasco & Sons Memorial.