ForeverMissed
Remembering Bob:

There will be a memorial service at 2:30pm MT on Saturday, June 5th in Aspen, Colorado. Attendance is limited due to COVID restrictions, however, the service will be streamed live.

Click here to watch the memorial service live

If you are not able to watch live, we will publish a recorded link here after the service. We welcome any remembrances and photos of our beloved husband and father. 

Click here to watch Bob's Retirement Video
Click here to watch Baba's Grandchildren Remember His Words of Wisdom

Obituary: 
Dr. Robert William Schrier, age 84, passed away peacefully in hospice care at home in Potomac, Maryland on January 23, 2021. He was surrounded by his family, listening to his children, grandchildren and friends share their favorite stories about him and, for a time, he held a cherished basketball. Dr. Schrier’s love of the game of basketball provided him with the tools to become one of the greatest physician-scientist-teachers of his generation: his colleagues often referring to him as a “giant” in the field of medicine. An international leader in the battle against kidney disease and an expert in patient-oriented research in acute kidney injury, Bob Schrier’s uncompromising and competitive quest for excellence and public welfare spanned a career of over half a century. His commitment to “team” culture was a key driver of his prodigious accomplishments in patient care, research, leadership, mentorship, and advocacy. He was an extraordinary combination of – per the sports analogy – player, coach, and general manager.

Bob was born and grew up in Indianapolis, Indiana, the son of Helen Moynahan, a nurse, and Arthur Schrier, a printer who died when Bob was just three years old.  Brought up by his mother and stepfather, James Devore, Bob and his older brother, Dick, spent their youth playing ball according to his younger sister Gerry-Ann. It was on the neighborhood baseball diamonds and basketball courts that he developed characteristics that would serve him well in life: a love of competition, a desire to achieve excellence, and the ability to appreciate the worth of individuals regardless of their color or station in life. 

After attending Thomas Carr Howe High School in Indianapolis, Schrier was invited to the Brooklyn Dodgers spring training camp; but he chose to attend DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana where he would be an outstanding scholar-athlete and still holds the basketball record for the highest scoring average of a four-year player. He also met Barbara Lindley, the love of his life and his wife of almost 62 years. Upon graduating he was awarded a Fulbright scholarship to study anthropology in Mainz, Germany. This experience ignited in him a love of travel and a thirst for knowledge of other cultures. He spoke fluent German and later, when lecturing in a foreign country, learned phrases so that he could greet his audience in their own language.

His medical training at Indiana University, University of Washington, Harvard and Walter Reed Army Institute of Research prepared him for the contributions he would make as a faculty member at University of California San Francisco and later University of Colorado where he was head of the Renal Division and then chairman of the Department of Medicine for 26 years. 

During his career, Schrier was a prolific researcher. He was funded continuously by the National Institutes of Health for 45 years and authored over 1,000 scientific papers and edited or co-authored over 50 books, including three of the premier textbooks in nephrology. As a result of his achievements, he was elected to the prestigious National Academy of Medicine.

Dr. Schrier was also a respected leader, the only person to serve as President of the American Society of Nephrology, the International Society of Nephrology, and the National Kidney Foundation. His contributions in science and leadership were recognized with the highest honors given by The American College of Physicians, The Association of Professors of Medicine, and The American Society of Nephrology. As a Hoosier, he was especially proud to be in three Halls of Fame: Indiana Basketball, DePauw Athletic, and Indianapolis Public School.

Professor Schrier always felt gratified by mentoring hundreds of medical students, residents, and fellows. He often spent his weekends with young researchers at his kitchen table helping edit their papers for publication or presentation. He and his wife Barbara opened their home to faculty gatherings, potluck dinners, and basketball games. Trainees, many of them from other countries, became members of what became known as the “Colorado Family.” 

Bob Schrier considered his most important legacy his children and grandchildren who called him Baba. He stressed the lessons for life that he learned from sports, as well as the importance of education and travel. Dr. Bob not only had a great appetite for life in general, but he loved sweets. There was nothing he enjoyed more than taking his grandchildren for milkshakes or a hot fudge sundae. 

Robert Schrier modeled his life after one of his favorite quotes of George Bernard Shaw: “Some men see things as they are and ask why. Others dream things that never were and ask, why not.” His dreams have empowered physicians and improved the lives of patients the world over. 

When the Schrier family moved to Colorado in 1972, they fell in love with Aspen, and Dr. Schrier founded a renal conference there which has been a destination for nephrologists for over 46 years. A celebration of his life will be held in Aspen on Saturday, June 5th with details forthcoming.

Robert William Schrier is survived by his wife Barbara Lindley Schrier; sister Gerry-Ann Hunter; sons David (Brenda Brautigam), Douglas (Paige Lee Baron) Derek (Cecily Cameron); daughter Denise Schrier Cetta (Michael ); son-in-law Scott Rape; grandsons Austin Rape, Matthew Schrier, Blake Schrier, Maximilian Cetta, Declan Cetta, Gage Schrier; granddaughters Ashley Zaslav (Jordan), Avery Lautmann (Nico), Courtney Schrier, Claire Schrier, Eloise Schrier, Francesca Cetta, Gigi Schrier; great granddaughter Zoe Zaslav; and great grandson Beckett Rape. He is predeceased by his brother Richard and daughter Deborah Schrier-Rape. 

Donations honoring Bob’s memory may be made to Montgomery Hospice: www.montgomeryhospice.org/donate

Posted by Ken May on June 7, 2021
Barbara and the D's,
What an honor it was to spend time with Bob here in Coronado. He was always quick witted and not afraid to tell me I needed to shave! :). I loved hearing the stories of his basketball days and only wish I had been privileged to know him long ago. My love to you all and hope to see you in town soon!
Ken May
Posted by kathy nicholls on June 6, 2021
Thankyou for streaming Bob's memorial. All around the world, at all hours of day and night, we watched, laughed, cried, thanked Bob and Barbara for touching our lives, and were amazed by the beautiful talented family they have created and nurtured together. 
Posted by Allen Mathew on June 5, 2021
UCHSC Renal Division Adopts its members into its family. - that is my feeling for sure.

UCHSC Renal was culture of welcome and kindness. That culture surely came from the leadership of Dr Schrier. A culture of family welcome that extended long beyond fellowship, across the seas to any part of the world that where we might happen to meet again, generally ASN ISN venues. 

Not just Dr Schrier’s bright eyed smile, but that same grace and welcome from Barbara Schrier. Such a kind and nurturing gift Dr and Barbara Schrier both, gave to us with their smile, some words of recognition and a with a warm hand, wether or not we were in academic circles or in clinical practice. 

36 years later I still feel that kindness, & yes, I will remember Dr Schrier and our UCHSC family for my life. I believe it is that kind culture that embedded in our minds forever, the science and medicine that we grew with from our fellowship times at UCHSC. 
Posted by Chirag Parikh on June 5, 2021
Dear Barbara and David, Douglas, Derek and Denise,

I was extremely privileged to have had Dr. Schrier as my mentor during fellowship and junior faculty years at U of Colorado (1999-2003). He greatly influenced my career path as he was an inspiring teacher, mentor and leader in our field.

Thank you Michel for sharing and my deepest condolences to Barbara and his entire family.

We truly have lost a giant in the field.

Chirag
Posted by Chirag Parikh on June 5, 2021
Dear Barbara and David, Douglas, Derek and Denise,

I was extremely privileged to have had Dr. Schrier as my mentor during fellowship and junior faculty years at U of Colorado (1999-2003). He greatly influenced my career path as he was an inspiring teacher, mentor and leader in our field. I cherish several valuable lessons that I learnt from him and pass them forward to my mentees. This way we will continue his legacy in science for many generations to come.

We truly have lost a giant in the field, but his memory will live on.

Chirag Parikh
Posted by Pierre-Yves Martin on June 5, 2021
Many man thanks, Bob, for what you did for me and my family. You have been my mentor and you have influenced my medical career so much. I never met such a charismatic medical leader with so much enthusiasm for medical sciences , experimental or clinical. In addition, with Barbara you have been so supportive during our 4 years stay at Denver. Gallice, and our three sons Gregoire, Jeremy and Fabian are sharing my sadness to loose the man that I admire thoroughly. All our deepest thoughts to your marvelous wife, Barbara and your family.
Gallice and Pierre-Yves Martin research fellow 1993-1997
Posted by Tevfik Ecder on June 5, 2021
Dear Barbara and Schrier Family,
It is a great honor for me to be Dr. Schrier's fellow. The two years I spent in Denver with Dr. Schrier had a huge impact on my career. His mentorship continued even after I left Denver and I felt his support for many years.
I will always feel the privilege of being a member of the "Colorado family" with so many wonderful and unforgettable memories.  
Posted by Simon de Wardener on June 5, 2021
Dear Barbara and all other Schriers

Bob Schrier was a lifelong friend and colleague of my father Professor Hugh de Wardener, widely known as “Prof”.

My sister Gabrielle talks nostalgically of the summer of 1975 which she spent with you all in Denver, her first trip to America and her first trip anywhere abroad by herself. It a was a huge change of gear to find herself in the middle of this large, quintessential all-American family, presided over by the tall square-jawed and larger than life figure of Bob and Barbara his charming, blonde, trim, stylish and beautifully turned out wife. It was different but my sister was quick to work out the customs and rhythms of the household and soon felt at home amongst the kind-hearted Schriers.

My brother Rudi also went to stay in Denver for some time when he was eighteen. He too was warmly welcomed into the family; he particularly remembers the fun of being driven all over the countryside by Barbara who showed him all the sights. Towards the end of Rudi’s stay in Denver our father, in England, had a major heart attack, he arrested and was resuscitated. Bob and Barbara had to break the news to Rudi and he has told me how outstandingly warm and compassionate Bob was, a quite different experience and such gentleness from such a huge man.

My brother Max never travelled to America to stay with Bob and Barbara and so his memories are of Bob in London. Max says that Bob was just so different from British people. He seemed in some way very exotic and Max felt that if this is what Americans are like then America must be a really great place.

And my father’s wife Jo who knew Bob and Barbara best of all. She talks of Bob’s loyalty and friendship over many years, what a really good friend he was to my father and how much they enjoyed each other’s company and erudition. Poppa could rely on Bob.

I’m Simon, Prof’s oldest child but I knew Bob and know Barbara least of all. To celebrate Prof’s 90th birthday and Jo’s 70th in 2005 we organised a surprise lunch for them in London. Bob and Barbara accepted immediately and came over especially for the event,that is the first time I remember meeting them properly. They were the life of the party.
The other time I met Bob and Barbara was at the time of my father’s Memorial Service in 2014. We were honoured that Bob agreed to speak at the service and again Bob and Barbara made a special trip to London. We had a family dinner the night the Schriers arrived from Denver and the Service was the following afternoon. Bob gave a witty, affectionate address, “A toast to Prof”. It was marvellous and hit just the right note.

And now it is time to say goodbye to Bob. It has been so enlightening talking to my siblings and to Jo, the overwhelming impression of Bob that I have received is of his larger than lifeness, his gentleness, his compassion and his gentleness; I wish I had known him better.

And so to you Barbara and Denise and to Douglas and David and Derek Schrier we send you lots of love, from Jo and Gabrielle, from Max and Rudi and from me

Simon de Wardener
5th June 2021




Posted by Austin Scott on June 5, 2021
Baba,
You were a perfect example of how hard work, relentless self improvement, and a sensational hunger for knowledge are able to create opportunities, elevate experience, and bring success. You mastered all of these and created a legacy that everyone from friends to family is here to honor. I will love and miss you forever.
Posted by Andrey Gurevich on June 5, 2021
Dr Schrier in the late 90s became my mentor - and has never stopped being one, supporting me directly, indirectly, or through "Colorado family" ever since. A giant, a true giant...
Dear Barbara, the D's, and grandchildren, Bob will be remembered well beyond your family!
Posted by PERE GINES on June 5, 2021
Thank you Bob for all your lessons about science and life. Thank you for the good times in Denver that we will never forget.
Our hearts are with you and your family.

Pere Ginès and Núria Fabrellas
(Visiting Professor in 1992-4, 97, 2002, 2007)
Posted by Mamiko Ohara on June 5, 2021
Dear Barbara, David, Douglas, Derek and Denise
Thank you for sharing “Remembering Bob” with us.
We have many wonderful memories with Dr Schrier and the Schrier family in Denver, Aspen, Japan and many places in the world, which are our treasure forever.
Dr Schrier is our best and irreplaceable Mentor.
When we faced challenges, he always supported and empowered us.
We have no words to express our appreciation.
We will never forget him.
Thank you so much…
With sincere gratitude and admiration,
Ryuji and Mamiko
(Dr Schrier’s fellow 1995-1998 from Japan)
Posted by Peter Agre on June 4, 2021
Dear Barbara and younger Schriers,
Thank you for sharing Bob (Baba) with all of us in the academic medical community. Bob was generous in very special ways -- often vigorously advocating for us behind the scenes. In addition to his remarkable insight into renal physiology, Bob had a wonderful spirit that made each of us feel appreciated. I will always remember the fun times we had in Denver, Aspen, Montreal, Aarhus, Goteborg, Singapore, and especially in Stockholm. As you all know, Bob made it clear how much he loved his family. More than anyone I know, Bob Schrier truly made this world a better place.
Peter Agre
Posted by Jon Lutz on June 3, 2021
Hi from your old friend from South Alton Way good days, Jon Lutz. We had a LOT of fun times back in the 70’s. I remember playing basketball with the Schrier men (Dr. Schrier, Dave, doug and Derek) on your driveway with the basketball hoop on South Alton Way. And running down the Highline Canal trails with Doug and Derek! Also Dr. Schrier’s brother Dick and his son Kyle played basketball on the driveway at your house right across from our house on South Alton Way. Those were great times and I have many fond memories of those times!

One thing that I will NEVER Forget Dr. Schrier saying in all those basketball games was “There is no such thing or word as can’t, but CAN TRY!!” I will always remember those good times!!! Keep in touch with me. Love the Schrier’s!!!
Posted by William Silvers on June 3, 2021
To a fellow Hoosier, who was honored by Indiana University School of Medicine as an esteemed alum in addition to so many other honors. More personally, he supported the beginning of the Holocaust Contemporary Bioethics Program at CU Anschutz, and introduced his colleague, Dr Donald Seldin, for the inaugural talk. A generation of giants, of blessed memory.
Posted by kenneth stover on June 1, 2021
To one of my mentors who rushed me at Sigma Nu fraternity at DePauw and later helped me with my chemistry.  I tell everyone is see about him and his accomplishments. What an honor to have known him.
Posted by Michael Cetta on May 25, 2021
To the man who crushed me 40-2 on the basketball court.

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Posted by Ken May on June 7, 2021
Barbara and the D's,
What an honor it was to spend time with Bob here in Coronado. He was always quick witted and not afraid to tell me I needed to shave! :). I loved hearing the stories of his basketball days and only wish I had been privileged to know him long ago. My love to you all and hope to see you in town soon!
Ken May
Posted by kathy nicholls on June 6, 2021
Thankyou for streaming Bob's memorial. All around the world, at all hours of day and night, we watched, laughed, cried, thanked Bob and Barbara for touching our lives, and were amazed by the beautiful talented family they have created and nurtured together. 
Posted by Allen Mathew on June 5, 2021
UCHSC Renal Division Adopts its members into its family. - that is my feeling for sure.

UCHSC Renal was culture of welcome and kindness. That culture surely came from the leadership of Dr Schrier. A culture of family welcome that extended long beyond fellowship, across the seas to any part of the world that where we might happen to meet again, generally ASN ISN venues. 

Not just Dr Schrier’s bright eyed smile, but that same grace and welcome from Barbara Schrier. Such a kind and nurturing gift Dr and Barbara Schrier both, gave to us with their smile, some words of recognition and a with a warm hand, wether or not we were in academic circles or in clinical practice. 

36 years later I still feel that kindness, & yes, I will remember Dr Schrier and our UCHSC family for my life. I believe it is that kind culture that embedded in our minds forever, the science and medicine that we grew with from our fellowship times at UCHSC. 
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Shared by Jon Lutz on June 4, 2021
Ah, the good ole days in the 70’s on South Alton Way in Denver, CO! Playing basketball on the driveway with the hoop at your house across from our house. And talking to Dr. Schrier out by the pool in your backyard, about life in general and medical stuff. And the most important thing he said to me in particular, when I would get frustrated by having a lousy day playing basketball or missing shots I shouldn’t have missed, when I said I just can’t play today, or I can’t play anymore because I’m too tired, Bob would say “There’s no such thing as can’t, but can try,” and that would kick in my second and third wind, and I would get my energy back and even start playing better!!!
Shared by Jon Lutz on June 4, 2021
Ah, the good ole days in the 70’s on South Alton Way in Denver, CO! Playing basketball on the driveway with the hoop at your house across from our house. And talking to Dr. Schrier out by the pool in your backyard, about life in general and medical stuff. And the most important thing he said to me in particular, when I would get frustrated by having a lousy day playing basketball or missing shots I shouldn’t have missed, when I said I just can’t play today, or I can’t play anymore because I’m too tired, Bob would say “There’s no such thing as can’t, but can try,” and that would kick in my second and third wind, and I would get my energy back and even start playing better!!!