Visitation, services set for chief health officer Dr. Robert Winfield
Dr. Robert Winfield, U-M’s chief health officer and executive director of University Health Service, died Friday, surrounded by family at his home in Ann Arbor.
Born in Winnetka, Illinois, Winfield came to Ann Arbor to attend U-M in 1964 and graduated from the Medical School in 1972. Subsequently, he joined UHS in 1981 as a staff physician and became the medical director in 1982.
In 1999 he became executive director of UHS, where he devoted his career to the well-being of students, faculty and staff. His gentle bedside manner impacted thousands of patients over the years.
Winfield served as UHS executive director, chief health officer and medical director for MHealthy at U-M until his death. He was a caring and compassionate physician, a thoughtful leader and a mentor to many. Forever a teacher, Winfield’s penchant for learning was matched only by his commitment to helping others.
Winfield was known for his kindness, generosity, integrity and unwavering commitment to his family and friends. His advice and guidance were unparalleled, as were his enthusiasm for bow ties and passion for sailing. He lived life fully and with purpose, inspiring others to do the same.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Lynn Chandler, and his parents, Victor E. Winfield and Evalyn J. Winfield. He will be deeply missed by his children, Julia Winfield and Daniel Winfield; dear friend, Eleanor Barron; sister, Marilyn (Ed) Winfield; cousin, Steve (Bobbie) Jacobs; sisters-in-law, Lauren (Jon) Costello and Carol (Andrew) Marks; and nieces and nephew, Sharon Laudadio, Amanda Marks and Sean Costello.
Visitation with the family will take place from 4:30 p.m. until 8 p.m. Tuesday at the U-M Museum of Art. Funeral services are at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Nie Funeral Home, Liberty Chapel, 3767 W. Liberty Road, Ann Arbor, followed by interment at Forest Hill Cemetery Memorial.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to the U-M Comprehensive Cancer Center Leukemia Research Fund or the Jewish Federation of Greater Ann Arbor. Checks for the UMCCC Leukemia Fund may be made to “University of Michigan” and sent to Medical Development, 1000 Oakbrook, Suite 100, Ann Arbor, MI 48104. Donors also may call 734-764-6777 to make a gift.