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“The best doctor I have ever had or could hope to have. The injury ended my football career but he helped me realize that there was so much more to...Read More »
1 of 100+ | Posted by: Terrance - Tyler, TX

“I just found out I have a mild case of carpul tunnel. The first thing I thought was that I would go see Dr. Walters because he saved my hand in 2006...Read More »
2 of 100+ | Posted by: Debby Jacobvitz - Austin, TX

“I was a patient of Dr. Walters , probably 4 or 5 visits over four or five years. The last two or three times I saw him had to do with a "trigger...Read More »
3 of 100+ | Posted by: Robert McElhaney - Austin, TX

“I had the pleasure of working with Dr. Walters when he was a physician at the Wichita Clinic. I was a medical records clerk assigned to the...Read More »
4 of 100+ | Posted by: Diana Eslinger - Wichita, KS

“Our beloved son John, then only six years old, was Dr. Bob's patient shortly after he opened his Austin practice. John had Proteus Syndrome which...Read More »
5 of 100+ | Posted by: Sharon Banscher - Springfield, VA

“I was just updating my medical records and discovered that Dr. Walters passed away. He performed surgery on my hand in 2008. While visitng him for...Read More »
6 of 100+ | Posted by: Jenny Lace - Asutin, TX - patient

“I was so sad to read this two years later. You all were such pleasant memories of our Austin years. From reading the obit, it sounds like your...Read More »
7 of 100+ | Posted by: Patti Davey - SAN ANTONIO, TX

“What a pleasure to have known and wirked with this man! ”
8 of 100+ | Posted by: Kristin Kocian - Austin, TX

“I just learned of the passing of Dr. Walters this afternoon from my GP. I was shocked to hear this. Bob performed 4 operations on my arms in 1996,...Read More »
9 of 100+ | Posted by: Barry D Wright - Georgetown, TX

“I just learned of Dr. Walters passing after making a referral to a friend and just wanted to pass along to his friends and family the thanks of a...Read More »
10 of 100+ | Posted by: Glenn Garland - Austin, TX

“Today would have been Dr. Bob's 70th birthday. His birthday was the day after our second son's, and so we always had two days in a row of...Read More »
11 of 100+ | Posted by: Jane Walters - Austin, TX

“I was having physical therapy yesterday on my left shoulder and left elbow and my therapist noticed some slight scars on my right hand and wrist. ...Read More »
12 of 100+ | Posted by: Rhonda Kay Wiatrek - Cedar Park, TX

“Dr. Walters helped me in innumerable ways. I am a violinist and when I realized I needed hand surgery, I was quite scared. But thanks to him, I...Read More »
13 of 100+ | Posted by: Ashley Frithiof - Patient

“I just found out... Dr. Walters was a truly GOOD person, an expert in his field who was full of goodwill and caring. He quickly became "Dr. Bob" to...Read More »
14 of 100+ | Posted by: Michael Brockway - Austin, TX

“When I first met Dr. Bob, I couldn't believe that I found such an awesome gentleman who genuinely cared about his patients the way he did. He made...Read More »
15 of 100+ | Posted by: Lori Laws - Round Rock, TX

“Family of Dr. Walters, I was so sorry to hear of Dr. Walters death. Unfortunatly I was out of the country at the time and am just now getting the...Read More »
16 of 100+ | Posted by: Lois Matthews - Patient

“Mrs. Walters, Children and Grandchildren It was with great sorrow that I received the letter from Dr. Walters office today informing me of his...Read More »
17 of 100+ | Posted by: Patty Schaar - Victoria, TX

“To the family of Dr. Bob Walters:My wife and I would like to extend our deepest sympathy to you on the passing of your husband, father, and...Read More »
18 of 100+ | Posted by: Michael Price - Greenville, TX

“I was deeply saddened to hear of Dr. Walters passing. He was the most caring doctor I have ever known. He did surgery on my hand and ministered to me...Read More »
19 of 100+ | Posted by: Jo Ann Ashford - austin, TX

“My heart is broken on learning of Dr. Walters' passing. He remains the nicest, kindest person I have ever known. After my second hand surgery while...Read More »
20 of 100+ | Posted by: Carla Smith - Austin, TX

“Dr Walters was a very kind, caring man. I worked with him for 15 years at Seton Medical Center. He was a joy to work with. Made us laugh all the...Read More »
21 of 100+ | Posted by: Laurie Lawler Senske - Austin, TX

“To the family of Dr. Walters: I still can't absorb this awful news I received in the mail yesterday telling us of the passing of Dr. Walters. He was...Read More »
22 of 100+ | Posted by: Babette Skalka - patient

“My sincere condolences to the family and friends of Dr. Walters. He was that rare doctor who spoke in clear terms and carefully explained all...Read More »
23 of 100+ | Posted by: Melanie Lewis - Austin, TX

“I was deeply shocked to hear of Dr. Walter's passing. He was one of the highest level professionals and finest men I have ever met, and I am...Read More »
24 of 100+ | Posted by: Mark Leidig

“Dr. Robert M. Walters cared for both my left and right hands for three problems. He was recommended to me by a physician who told me that if I were...Read More »
25 of 100+ | Posted by: Csrolyn P. Greenburg

“Dr. Walters was THE nicest doctor I have ever met and probably ever will meet. He fixed my husband's hand last summer and was so nice to both of us....Read More »
26 of 100+ | Posted by: Claire

“Dr. Roberts - Thank you for fixing my Dad's hands so that he had many years of use he wouldn't have otherwise, and for saving my broken little finger...Read More »
27 of 100+ | Posted by: Maggie Moore White - San Marcos, TX

“I was deeply saddened when i received the letter today that we lost a wonderful doctor and a very dear person. He was very adept at his craft of...Read More »
28 of 100+ | Posted by: Livia Baskin Schorlemer - austin, TX

“What a wonderful man! What a sad letter! I feel like the world is truly at a loss, but God has called one of his angels home. Dr. Walters was a...Read More »
29 of 100+ | Posted by: Elizabeth J. - Patient

“A letter received today notified me of the passing Dr. Walters. In 2009, he saved my hand and my career as a nurse. What a wonderful man, fabulous...Read More »
30 of 100+ | Posted by: Tara Papenhausen - Leander, TX

“Wow! Am I sad! I am so sorry that one of the best surgeons, and sweetest people I ever met, is gone .....Way Too Soon! Got a letter from his office...Read More »
31 of 100+ | Posted by: Deirdre OCONNOR - Patient

“Since August 2004 through September 2009, Dr. Walters performed 12 surgeries (6 on each hand) and I cried when I received the letter today saying...Read More »
32 of 100+ | Posted by: Carol Wentland - Georgetown, TX

“We want to express our sadness for Dr. Walters' passing. We just learned an hour ago. He had real unique and wonderful way of treating his patients...Read More »
33 of 100+ | Posted by: Steven and Elena Schultz

“We will miss you Bob. We have all learned from your easy, gentle and kind bed-side manner, your wholehearted good spirits, your eternal soul. Thank...Read More »
34 of 100+ | Posted by: Al Duska, MD - Austin, TX

“I was so sad to receive a letter from Dr. Walter's office notifying me of his passing. What a wonderful man, and caring doctor. He performed...Read More »
35 of 100+ | Posted by: Jane Capron - Austin - patient

“I sure am sadding to hear about DR. Walters passing. i just got a letter to day 1/31/2011 could not belive it. he was such a caring soul, he did...Read More »
36 of 100+ | Posted by: PATRICIA CALVO - kyle, TX

“Dr. Walters was a great person who seemed to really love his family. I always enjoyed looking at all his lovely grandchildren's pictures in his...Read More »
37 of 100+ | Posted by: Bobby Jones - Austin, TX

“I just learned of Dr. Walter's passing yesterday. I referred a friend to him and she told me that he had passed away. I only met Dr. Walter's breifly...Read More »
38 of 100+ | Posted by: Jennifer Joseph-Prenger - Austin, TX

“I am saddened to hear of the news...Dr Robert Walters was a genuine and intelligent doctor! His bedside manner was one of a kind along with his...Read More »
39 of 100+ | Posted by: Amy Lopez - Round Rock, TX

“What a tremendous loss to the medical profession. He operated on my daughter. He was the best. Loved his bedside manner. Wish all doctors were like...Read More »
40 of 100+ | Posted by: Chet Brown - Dallas, TX

“I went to refer a friend to Dr. Walters and learned of his passing. How strange that I sit here in tears over a doctor I only knew briefly as a...Read More »
41 of 100+ | Posted by: Lisa Robin - Austin, TX - Patient

“I just recently found out about his passing because I was out of town. I still am in shock. I always called him Teddy Bear because when he came up to...Read More »
42 of 100+ | Posted by: Cynthea D. Houldson RN - Cypress, TX

“To Jane and the whole Walters family,I was stunned and deeply saddened to learn of Dr. Bob's passing yesterday. He has done so much for me. Twenty...Read More »
43 of 100+ | Posted by: Betsy Parker - patient

“I was deeply saddened to hear of Dr. Walter's passing when I called his office and heard the voice mail. Dr. Walters performed surgery on me about 7...Read More »
44 of 100+ | Posted by: Jeanine Rains - Cedar Park, TX

“I recently heard of the passing of Dr. Bob after visiting another Dr. in the building. I am stunned and saddened by this news. After knowing him...Read More »
45 of 100+ | Posted by: Shannon Kloesel - Patient

“The world and the medical profession has lost an amazing person and physician. I thank Dr. Walters for his help in preserving my wrist without...Read More »
46 of 100+ | Posted by: Lisa T. - Austin, TX - patient

“I am so sorry to learn only today of Dr. Bob's passing. I just don't have the words to say what an impact he had on my life. My condolences to a...Read More »
47 of 100+ | Posted by: Vicki McFadden - Austin, TX

“I was devastated to hear of Dr Walter's (Bob's) passing. How ironic that his heart that had such boundless emotional energy gave out physically so...Read More »
48 of 100+ | Posted by: Donna Schmidt - Austin, TX

“Dr Walters was one of the most gifted and tallented medical doctors I have ever had the privalege to know. He shared his knowledge in such a way that...Read More »
49 of 100+ | Posted by: Yvonne Facey - Austin, TX

“Dr. Walters was so kind to my daughter when she needed surgery several years ago. We will never forget his professionalism and caring attitude. May...Read More »
50 of 100+ | Posted by: Laurie Mahaffey - Austin, TX

“Every day I think, I will get used to a world without Bob Walters in it. So far, every day, I am wrong. ”
51 of 100+ | Posted by: Nancy Daley - Austin, TX - Friend

“I had surgery on my left wrst on June 12th, 2009. I had bones removed and my thumb joint reconstructed. The surgery was not a success and my pain...Read More »
52 of 100+ | Posted by: Naomi Carroll - Round Rock, TX

“I am very sad to learn of Dr. Walter's passing. Although I didn't know him well personally, he was always so courteous, gracious and professional...Read More »
53 of 100+ | Posted by: Steven Zimmet, MD - Austin, TX

“Jane and Family, Please accept my deepest condolences on your loss. I just heard about Dr. Bob's passing and am incredibley saddened. I feel at a...Read More »
54 of 100+ | Posted by: Robin Shumer - Austin, TX

“Dr. Walters was a wonderful doctor and person. I referred many patients to him and always heard wonderful stories of their visits. They always came...Read More »
55 of 100+ | Posted by: Roberta Herman - Austin, TX

“Dr. Walters was an excellent surgeon and colleague. He will be missed. Every patient that I sent to him thoroughly enjoyed working with him. God...Read More »
56 of 100+ | Posted by: Michael Gutierrez, M.D. - Austin, TX

“To Dr. Walter's family- He was such a wonderful man and surgeon. He operated on my hand 3 times in 1984-85. I absolutely adored him. He was so...Read More »
57 of 100+ | Posted by: Diane Herrington - austin

“I was a patient of Dr. Walters and he was such a nice man! I saw him for two different conditions and he drew pictures for me and explained...Read More »
58 of 100+ | Posted by: Debbie Walters - Austin, TX

“I'm so saddened that Dr. Walters is gone, so very sad for his family, his friends, his colleagues and his patients. And, I missed a great...Read More »
59 of 100+ | Posted by: Colleen T. Kain - Austin, TX

“I want to share with each of you the cause of Bob's sudden death, as I know we have all wanted to know what it was that could have taken him from us....Read More »
60 of 100+ | Posted by: Jane Barbour Walters - Austin, TX

“To the family and friends of Dr. Bob, I called Dr. Bob's office today to schedule wrist surgery, and I was incredibly saddened to learn of his...Read More »
61 of 100+ | Posted by: Susan Crawford - Leander, TX

“What a huge loss to the Scleroderma patients of Austin. I first met "Dr Bob" at a Scleroderma support group, in his hand clinic around 20 yrs ago. ...Read More »
62 of 100+ | Posted by: Candee Barron - austin, TX

“Yesterday, I was at Seton as my mom underwent an out-patient procedure. It was when she was in recovery, that we struck up a conversation with the...Read More »
63 of 100+ | Posted by: Jackie Childress - Austin, TX

“I have the privilege of dating David Walters and of becoming well acquainted with Janie & Bob during Austin visits. On Sunday, Oct. 31st (a week...Read More »
64 of 100+ | Posted by: Stacey Million - Poplar Bluff, MO

“I will miss Bob. Always cheerful, optimistic. Energetic. Friendly when we crossed paths at Seton. A good surgeon - I could send patients to him...Read More »
65 of 100+ | Posted by: Dudley Youman - Austin, TX

“i First met the doc back in May 1991 for my right hand, and arm. To me i thought of him as a big over grown "Teddy Bear". He was such a caring person...Read More »
66 of 100+ | Posted by: marilyn king

“I learned of Bob's passing Monday when his office manager returned the email I sent on Sunday. I was stunned by the news, as all his Roosevelt High...Read More »
67 of 100+ | Posted by: Leroy Ellenberger - St. Louis, MO

“As many others have recalled, Dr. Bob performed surgery on my hand, and did so with precision and perfection. I remember the 3x5 card (or was it...Read More »
68 of 100+ | Posted by: Kat Montgomery - Pflugerville, TX

“Yes, Seton Main will never be the same without Dr.Walters smiling face and friendliness, made working in the OR fun!!! Well never forget... To the...Read More »
69 of 100+ | Posted by: Monica Davis

“Dr. Walters was an amazing doctor. I broke my wrist 3 months before my wedding and I was terrified that I would be in a cast for my wedding, but Dr....Read More »
70 of 100+ | Posted by: Melissa Parks - Round Rock, TX

“Dr. Walters performed surgery on my mother's hand to ease her difficulty with arthritis. I was only 15 at the time so I was very nervous about my mom...Read More »
71 of 100+ | Posted by: Laura Marie Gustafson - Austin, TX

“I found out about Dr. Bob today while I'm in Ohio. He operated on my wrist for Kienbock's disease in 2006. I use a wheelchair from a car accident...Read More »
72 of 100+ | Posted by: Sandy Napier - Austin, TX

“Today my husband called me at work and told me he had something to show me in the Austin American. I could not imagine what he would show me, but...Read More »
73 of 100+ | Posted by: Denise Speckels - La Grange, TX

“To Jane and the Walters children, I was compelled to write you guys because my father died very suddenly 5 years ago, and the comments from his...Read More »
74 of 100+ | Posted by: Laura Buchholtz Wooley - Austin, TX

“From my friend, Libby, words that comfort me...hoping that they comfort you as well...with credits to the original authors...where applicable.Death...Read More »
75 of 100+ | Posted by: Janie Walters - Austin, TX

“He was such a wonderful doctor and a talented artist. I wish I had the picture of my hand that he drew. It was exquisite. ”
76 of 100+ | Posted by: Mary Bourgeois - patient

“Wonderfull Doctor and a delight to know, and will be missed by all that knew him. ”
77 of 100+ | Posted by: Pat Potersnak - Austin, TX

“...At a time of such an indescribable loss, you must know how grateful I am that you so generously shared your treasured time with Bob with his...Read More »
78 of 100+ | Posted by: Sandy Youman - Austin, TX

“I met Dr. Bob this July based on a referral from a friend. He was amazing from the first moment - he called me while I was in his waiting room and...Read More »
79 of 100+ | Posted by: Beth Bernhard - Austin, TX

“Dr. Walters was a very nice physician. He was truly a nurse favorite. ”
80 of 100+ | Posted by: Cindy Dennis - Austin, TX

“To the Walters Family, I am sorry to hear of Dr. Walters' passing. My name is Miguel Salas and I was a patient of Dr. Walters. I feel compelled to...Read More »
81 of 100+ | Posted by: Miguel Salas - Austin, TX

“Bob was a brilliant surgeon with a loving heart. He genuinely cared for others like no professional I have ever met. Bob will be missed by all and...Read More »
82 of 100+ | Posted by: Waylon Allen - austin, TX

“I was so shocked and saddened today to learn of the passing of this beautiful being from our world. I had the priviledge of taking care of the first...Read More »
83 of 100+ | Posted by: Lisa Fain - Austin, TX

“What a loss!I cannot think of a finer and more noble physician and friend.He was compassionate and caring for everyone and always had a smile.Even...Read More »
84 of 100+ | Posted by: Dr. Bobby Joe Kennedy - Austin, TX

“I have known Dr. Bob since he arrived in Austin. He was the most sweetest, kindest, loving person I've ever known. He was funny, loved to play...Read More »
85 of 100+ | Posted by: Jo Ellyn O'Donnell - Austin, TX

“Dr. Walters was the most amazing and wonderful doctor! My deepest sympathy to the family. Without you Dr. Walters I would not be able to use my...Read More »
86 of 100+ | Posted by: Leila Abirached - Austin, TX

“Bon voyage to a lovely and gentle man, caring physician, skilled surgeon. He clarified any question with a perfectly proportioned drawing of the...Read More »
87 of 100+ | Posted by: Suzy Juncker - Austin, TX

“Bob was a caring, empathetic surgeon and a super artist and communicator. As he explained my rather complicated problem, he beautifully drew my hand...Read More »
88 of 100+ | Posted by: terry james - smithville, TX

“I'm so very sad at learning of the passing of Dr. Bob. I was his patient just a couple of years ago; I appreciated his great skill as a surgeon, but...Read More »
89 of 100+ | Posted by: Lissa Hattersley - Austin, TX

“Dear loved ones of Bob, What a great loss you are experiencing for our beloved Dr. Bob. He was truly a Child of God and a physician who always...Read More »
90 of 100+ | Posted by: Dick & Eleanor Chote - Austin, TX

“Bob Walter > Emissary > Practitioner > Artisan > Trusted Healer I had the blessing to meet Bob Walters on 07.13.2010 a 2nd opinion regarding my...Read More »
91 of 100+ | Posted by: Kelley Ian Toombs - Austin, TX

“Dear Walters Family, AS an Anesthesiologist @ SMC I had the privilege of working with Bob for the past 25 years. (I was also a patient of Bobs on 3-4...Read More »
92 of 100+ | Posted by: David E. Eden M.D. - AUSTIN, TX

“David, I am so sorry for your loss. We are praying for your family. My mom & dad send their love. ”
93 of 100+ | Posted by: Leah Wiggs - Poplar Bluff, MO

“Dear Walters family, We love you all so much and our thoughts and prayers are with each and everyone one of you. Bob was an admirable man- a great...Read More »
94 of 100+ | Posted by: Jay & Renee Irion - Austin, TX

“Dear Jane & Family, I want you to know that you are all in our thoughts and prayers. So much to say....,but I just want to offer you this beatifull...Read More »
95 of 100+ | Posted by: Lou and George Kott - Friends

“This is fanmail. When my son was having problems with his wrist, I sent 80 emails out to the music community soliciting referrals. 70% of the...Read More »
96 of 100+ | Posted by: Cornell Hurd - Austin, TX

“Jane, I am so sorry to read about the death of your husband. I know how hard it is to lose someone you love so dearly. Please know my thoughts...Read More »
97 of 100+ | Posted by: Marsha McGowan LeGrand - MO

“Dr. Bob gave me the full use of both of my hands back to me after years and years of suffering with painful arthritis. I was so afraid of letting...Read More »
98 of 100+ | Posted by: Sue Lindsay - Buda, TX - patient

“Meez Jane.... I so wish I could be there with you in the days ahead. You and the kids are in my thoughts and close to my heart. Bob was such a...Read More »
99 of 100+ | Posted by: Donna O'Kelly - Clarksburg, MD

“To the Walters family - What can I say about Dr Bob? He was a great surgeon and a wonderful presence. I will never forget the kindness and respect he...Read More »
100 of 100+ | Posted by: Marina McGehee RN - Austin, TX


Dr. Robert Walters died on Tuesday morning, November 9, 2010 at his home at the age of 69. He was born to Thurman Merrill and Eleanor Pfautsch Walters in St. Louis, Missouri. He grew up in St. Louis and attended Washington University, receiving his B.A. degree in 1968. He graduated from Rush Medical College in Chicago, Illinois in 1974 as valedictorian and trained at Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke’s Medical Center for General Surgery. He did his orthopedic residency at the Harvard Combined Program in Orthopedic Surgery in Boston, MA. His thesis received The Hip Society Award which was presented at the annual meeting of the American Association of Orthopedic Surgeons. His Hand Surgery training was at the Christine Kleinert Program in Louisville, Kentucky. He practiced both general and hand orthopedic surgery in Wichita, Kansas before bringing his family to Austin in 1983. It was here that he began his practice specializing in hand and upper extremity surgery. For the last 27 years Bob has cared for patients in and around the Austin area with tremendous joy, fulfilled with the knowledge that his passion for his work was rivaled only by the love and adoration returned by his family, friends, patients, and colleagues.

Dr. Walters is survived by his wife, Jane, son, David Walters, son and daughter-in-law, Brian Walters and Cathy Doggett, daughter and son-in-law, Leslie Marie Reasbeck and Joe Reasbeck, and daughter, Sarah Elizabeth Walters. He leaves five much beloved grandchildren, Jay Reasbeck, Nate Reasbeck, Mark Reasbeck, Sam Reasbeck, and Zayla Rose Walters. He is also survived by one sister, Sharon Walters Coffing and her husband, Bill, of Crystal Lake, Florida, a brother, Richard Edward Morris and sister-in-law, Joan Morris, and sister-in-law, Ruth Morris, wife of his late brother, John L. Morris of St. Louis.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Friday, November 12th at Weed-Corley-Fish Funeral Home, North Lamar. Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, November 13, 2010 at Northwest Hills United Methodist Church, 7050 Village Center Dr., Austin. Interment will follow at Austin Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to Seton Medical Center, Fund Office, 1201 W. 38th St, Austin, TX 78705; Rush Medical College, Office of Alumni Relations, Armour Academic Center, 600 South Paulina Street, Suite 202, Chicago, Illinois 60612; or to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105.