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Robert P. Dickey, MD Lt. Col. USAF (Ret.)

February 14, 1945 April 7, 2022
Robert P.  Dickey, MD Lt. Col. USAF (Ret.)
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Robert P. Dickey, MD Lt. Col USAF (Ret)
February 14, 1945 – April 7, 2022

On April 7, 2022, Dr. Robert P. Dickey passed away peacefully at the age of 77, with Mary, his wife of 44 years, by his side. In addition to his wife, he leaves behind sisters Sara Dickey and Laura Eytan, brother Bill Dickey and granddaughter Hazel Dickey. He was preceded in death by his mother Thelma Levine (Dickey) Worthen, his father Robert B. Dickey, and his son Max Dickey.

Dr. Dickey’s passions in life were music, playing the guitar, reading, gardening and working as a Pediatric Neurologist. He attended University High School in Urbana, Illinois where his leadership was exhibited through student government and his love for music through participation in a variety of choral groups that included Madrigals, as well as performances and starring roles in Gilbert and Sullivan operettas The Mikado, Pirates of Penzance, HMS Pinafore and Patience.

In 1966, while living in Hawaii with his grandfather Dr. Dickey was encouraged by his grandfather, Dr. Max Levine, to join the Army during the Vietnam War and, after enlisting, was trained as a Laboratory Scientist. Due to his high performance, he was promoted to Instructor in the field of Laboratory Science. After leaving the Army in 1970, Dr. Dickey joined the United States Air Force in 1972 where he began his medical career, first completing his initial medical training at St. Mary’s University in Texas, followed by a Flexible Internship at Malcolm Grow USAF Medical Center in Maryland, before practicing at the David Grant Medical Center in 1976 where he completed his pediatric residency. Continuing his work and studies at the University of Utah, he was accepted into a Pediatric Neurology Fellowship. Having finished his training in 1984, Dr. Dickey was then reassigned to David Grant Medical Center, Fairfield, California as a practicing Pediatric Neurologist until his retirement from the Air Force, after 20 years of combined service, in 1988 as a Lieutenant Colonel.

Dr. Dickey remained at David Grant Medical Center as a pediatrician and pediatric neurologist until 1992. He then joined the staff at North Bay Medical Center, actively serving on their newly developed Bioethics Committee. In addition, he served as Medical Consultant and Director of the California Children’s Services until his retirement in 2014. Working closely with his medical colleagues, Dr. Dickey was known and relied upon for his patient/family advocacy, as well as his consistently ethical opinions and practices.

Dr. Dickey possessed a kind and generous spirit, experienced by close family and friends as being readily available and supportive, no matter the situation or need. Throughout his medical career, Dr. Dickey was devoted and selfless, committed to working with young patients and their families to ensure that all children, especially those with developmental challenges and disabilities, would have the opportunities, the necessary support and the appropriate services to live full and productive lives.

A Celebration of Life will be held at McCune’s Garden Chapel in Vacaville on Friday June 3, 2022, 11:00 A.M. Following the service, a reception will be held at the Vacaville Opera House. In lieu of flowers, donations in Dr. Dickey’s honor can be directed to Play 4 All Park c/o Phillipi Engineering 425 Merchant St. Suite 200 Vacaville Ca. 95688 or Vacaville Neighborhood Boys and Girls club 100 Holly Lane Vacaville, Ca. 95688 (www.vnbgc.com) organizations he was passionate about.

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11:00 AM 6/3/2022 11:00:00 AM
McCune Garden Chapel

212 Main St.
Vacaville, CA 95688

McCune Garden Chapel
212 Main St. Vacaville 95688 CA
United States
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