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“Dr. Bob” Raynor To Retire After Half Century As Doctor

Dr. Robert (Bob) Raynor will retire in a few weeks after a half century as a Nelson doctor. [1]

Dr. Robert (Bob) Raynor will retire in a few weeks after a half century as a Nelson doctor.

The first time I met Dr. Bob Raynor a few years back, he said “Call me Bob.” There was nothing pretentious about this man, just a kind warm smile. And once I found out he swims laps in his pond on the farm, in his 70’s, I was even more impressed!

But it’s the countless babies he’s delivered, the colds and coughs he’s treated, and the countless times had had to deliver not so good news, that’s help define his career. Camille was one of those times in 1969. “There were very few injuries. People were either totally OK or they were dead,” he said in a recent interview celebrating his 50th year as a Nelson doctor. He also still serves as the county medical examiner today.

Dr. Raynor stops for a picture with state troopers and workers just after Hurricane Camille. [2]

Dr. Raynor stops for a picture with state troopers and workers just after Hurricane Camille.

In just a few days Dr. Raynor will retire, sort of. “I’ll continue to see my patients in the nursing home, but I am hanging up my routine office care,” he told me when we recently had dinner with he and his lovely wife Shirley. The practice he founded will be in good hands. Our Dr. Steve Schmitz and Dr. Charles Cole (NCL medical columnists) will continue Afton Family Medicine.

Retirement Celebration For
Robert C. Raynor, M.D.
Thursday, October 23, 2008
5:00p.m. – 7:30p.m
Martha Jefferson Afton Family Medicine
7849 Rockfish Valley Highway Afton, Va.

In October everyone will get their chance to wish Dr. Bob the best at a retirement reception in his honor. The detail are below. We wish you the best Dr. Bob!