Dr. Robert Walter Hartmann, 75, of Macon, Georgia, died on Dec. 15, 2017 at Wyoming Medical Center in Casper, Wyoming from complications related to pneumonia. Born in Elgin to Walter and Marguerite Hartmann and raised in River Forest, he graduated from OPRF High School, Ohio Wesleyan and Northwestern Medical School. He completed his internship at Cook County Hospital and his residency in psychiatry at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore.
His career as a psychiatrist spanned over 50 years, and he practiced in many cities across the U.S., most notably in Chicago and Macon, Georgia. He was devoted to clinical work in addiction recovery, believing strongly in providing mental health services to people who had been forgotten or stigmatized in their communities.
An avid tennis player until his knees would no longer cooperate with his competitive spirit, he was a member for many years of the River Forest Tennis Club. Year-round tennis was one reason he loved living in Georgia, as well as the opportunity to enjoy blues and country music, barbeque, and golf.
He pursued many hobbies over the years, collected folk art, Tiffany-style lamps, Santas, kachina dolls, hummingbird feeders, tie-dyed shirts, and ridiculous hats. He was both a fantastic Santa and an exceptional Grinch, and the family will greatly miss his Christmas spirit as well as the homemade pecan candy he mailed out each year from Georgia.
Robert Hartman is survived by his daughters, Anne (Hartmann) Considine-Olsen and Eve Hartmann-Crep; their mother, Mary (Lansdale) Hartmann; his brothers, William and Paul Hartmann; his nieces and nephews, Mitra, Vanessa, Daniel and Phillip Hartmann and “the Grands,” Eleanor, Madeline, Marshall, Amelia and Oliver; and his many dear friends and colleagues.
Services will be held on Jan. 13 at 11 a.m. at River Forest’s Grace Lutheran Church, Bonnie Brae and Division Streets. In lieu of flowers, donations in his name may be made to JDRF, the leading global organization funding Type 1 diabetes research.