Dr. Robert Reschke was a visionary. When he came to Naperville in 1954, there was no hospital in town – a shortage he sought to correct.
Partnering with two local judges, the three helped convince the board of the old Edward TB Sanatorium to convert it into an Acute Care Community Hospital, now Edward.
His legacy lives on not just through the building, but through the many patients he touched over the years. A practitioner of family medicine with degrees from Harvard and Boston University, he spent 40 years treating patients. Not just at his practice, but often as a volunteer physician for Central High football games.
His service extended to North Central College, where he acted as physician for 25 years.
More than 1,000 babies in the Naperville community were delivered at his hands.
Born in Berwyn himself, Dr. Reschke served in the Army for three years in World War II, where he discovered his love for medicine. But it was at his residency at Wesley Memorial in Chicago where he found his true love, Wilma, who was working as a nurse.
The two were married 65 years, and have four children – Susan, Wayne, Dean and Keith.
Dr. Robert Reschke was 92.
Naperville News 17’s Kim Pirc reports.
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