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Beloved health centers volunteer dies at age 80

Posted: December 4, 2013 7:49 p.m.
Updated: December 4, 2013 7:49 p.m.

SANTA CLARITA - Dr. Patrick Robert Robbie, a longtime volunteer at the Samuel Dixon Family Health Centers, died in his sleep Sunday. He was 80.

Robbie was a Naval flight surgeon after finishing medical school and spent 40 years with Kaiser Sunset as a pediatrician and neonatologist. He was also instrumental in developing the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Kaiser Sunset-LAMC.

Following his retirement he volunteered as a pediatrician one day a week at the Canyon Country Health Center.

As “The Dancing Doctor,” Robbie was able to raise more than $10,000 for Samuel Dixon patient care through the annual “Dancing with Our Stars” fundraising event for Santa Clarita Valley nonprofit organizations, Samuel Dixon officials said in a statement issued Wednesday.

“Dr. Robbie was such a good person and so much fun,” said Cheryl Laymon, executive director of the health centers, which offer free or reduced-price medical care for Santa Clarita Valley families and individuals who can’t otherwise afford care. “He did a lot for us and he will be greatly missed.”

Robbie is survived by wife, Cecilia; four children, Joe Robbie, Theresa Olivas, Patsy McGoldrick and Edward Robbie; seven grandchildren, Dan Jr., Alec, Jeffrey, Patrick, Tory, Gregory and Madeline; and his sister Jean Baumann.

Services are scheduled Friday at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church in Newhall. Rosary begins at 10:30 a.m. with funeral Mass at 11 a.m.

Memorial donations may be made to Samuel Dixon Family Health Centers, 25115 Avenue Stanford, Suite A-104, Valencia, CA 91355, or through the centers’ website at




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