Dr. Robert Woodrow Lauber was born on the 19th of March, 1913 in Kitchener, Ontario. He was the only child born to Robert Alfred and Minnie E. (Richardson) Lauber. Dr. Lauber grew up in Wallaceburg, Ontario and attended Wallaceburg Central Public School and Wallaceburg High School. Dr. Lauber went on to Ridley College in St. Catharines, Ontario. While at Ridley College, Dr. Lauber received gold and silver medals for proficiency in his studies and he was an accomplished athlete.
Dr. Lauber studied medicine at The University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine, graduating in 1938. He interned at Hamilton General Hospital from 1938 to 1940. Dr. Lauber joined Dr. Eldon Tiffin’s family practice in Wallaceburg after graduation. Just a few years later, he established his own office, located at 608 Elgin Street, and Dr. Tiffin remained a very good friend.
Dr. Lauber married Jennifer Edith Davidson in Hamilton on the 31st of July 1940. Mrs. Lauber’s parents were Victor Leslie and Emmeline (Sears) Davidson and she has a twin sister, Joan (Guinn) who lives in Toronto. Dr. and Mrs. Lauber met while she was in nurse’s training at the Hamilton General Hospital. Dr. and Mrs. Lauber have 4 children, Diane, Wendy, Lynne and Robert.
Dr. Lauber was the Chief of Obstetrics, when the Sydenham District Hospital opened in 1957.
Dr. Lauber cared for his patients for over 40 years, retiring in 1983. The Town of Wallaceburg held an appreciation night on the 21st of June, 1983 and over 500 people attended for the banquet. It was the largest gathering in Kent County’s history, a wonderful tribute for a doctor that devoted so many years to his patients.
In his spare time, Dr. Lauber enjoyed hunting, fishing and curling. Dr. and Mrs. Lauber also belonged to a euchre club that met bi-weekly for many years.
Dr. Lauber died on the 6th of July, 1997. Mrs. Lauber died on the 16th of February, 2011. They are buried at Riverview Cemetery in Wallaceburg.
*Dr. Eldon Tiffin also appears on the Chatham-Kent Physician Tribute website.