Robert Charles Bair, MD, 103, of Wellsboro, passed away early Tuesday February 28, 2023, at home surrounded by family. He was born January 14, 1920, in New Hope, PA, to Walter G. and Hazel (Horn) Bair. Dr. Bair graduated from New Hope High School in a class of 14 in 1938, from Franklin and Marshall College in 1947, and Jefferson Medical College in 1950. His education was interrupted in 1942 when he served in the US Army during WWII in the South Pacific. This service included assaults on multiple islands. Following his graduation from medical college, Dr. Bair married Grace Conrad, and they shared 45 years of marriage until her death in 1995. Together they raised five children.
Dr. Bair was very generous in his community and served on the Board of Directors of the Northern Tier Children's Home, Board of Directors of Human Services Agency, President of the Wellsboro Community Concert Association, President of the Wednesday Morning Musicales (briefly), and was the Chief of Surgery at Soldiers and Sailors Memorial hospital until his retirement in 1986. The community recognized his time and talents with the following awards: Paul Harris Fellow Award, WNBT Outstanding Citizen Award, Century Member Boy Scouts of America Award, Wellsboro Sports Booster Club Appreciation Award, Wellsboro Firemen's Ambulance Association Special Token of Appreciation, Neal Mosher Memorial Award for enhancing recreational opportunities in the Wellsboro area. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church since 1955 faithfully serving as an elder and singing in the choir. He was deeply proud of his family and he enjoyed staying close with the generations as they matured. Dr. Bair and his wife mentored and encouraged youth in the community often helping them obtain a college education. Additionally, many people remember Dr. Bair's dedication to local sports. He spent countless hours at varsity football games. He also volunteered time to give sports physicals to several teams.
Dr. Bair is survived by two sons: Robert C. (Sharon) Bair, Jr. of Wellsboro, and William E. (Kim) Bair of Cambridge, MD; three daughters: Susan Grace (Karl) Korbett of Acworth, GA, Sally (Laurent) Pillard of Ponthierry, France, and Nancy Bair of Wellsboro; 14 grandchildren: Steven (Callie), Nathan (Sarah), Evan, Kristen, Amanda, Alexia, and Collin Bair, Kelsey, Caleb (Kelsey), and Nevin Korbett, Emma, Dorian, Anne and William Pillard; a great-grandchild: Cade Korbett; two sisters-in-law: Marion Bair of Pennsburg, PA, and Eleanor Conrad of Reading, PA. He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers: Walter and Earl Bair, and a sister: June Minschwaner.
Friends and family are invited to pay tribute to Dr. Bair's life from 2-4pm and 7-9pm Friday March 10, 2023, at the Tussey-Mosher Funeral Home 139 Main Street Wellsboro, PA and from 1-2pm Saturday March 11, 2023 at the First Presbyterian Church of Wellsboro 130 Main Street Wellsboro, PA with a funeral to follow in church at 2pm. Burial will be in the Wellsboro Cemetery. Donations in his memory may be made to the First Presbyterian Church, the Wellsboro Area Food Pantry 36 Main St, Wellsboro, PA 16901, or Santa's Caravan Heritage Presbyterian Church, 5323 Bells Ferry Rd. Acworth, GA 30102. To share a memory or condolence with his family visit www.tusseymosher.com.
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