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Tribute To Robert Charles Rundle -7.10.35 to 23.12.13

(submitted by Dr Margaret Payne)


Bob Rundle was a quiet, kind, pleasant, consistent person and reliable member of the CMDFA for many years, and its treasurer for seventeen of them, in earlier days.

Bob was born in 1935, on Goodenough Island, off the north-east coast of Papua New Guinea, where his parents met as Methodist missionaries and married.  During the war in 1941, the family was evacuated to Sydney where Bob continued his schooling at Roseville Public School and North Sydney Technical High, completing his leaving certificate in 1952.

In 1951 Bob became a Christian at a Christian Endeavour Camp.  Living out that Christian faith was what motivated Bob to study Medicine, with the intention of becoming a missionary, graduating with MBBS in 1959.    He did residencies in Royal North Shore and Royal Newcastle Hospitals.  During this time he met the lovely Robin Scotter, to whom he became engaged when he graduated,  and was happily married for over 52 years.  
In 1963 the family, then with one daughter, moved to Fiji, where Bob worked as the sole doctor at Ba Methodist Hospital until 1966, two  boys being born during this time.

Conscious of the amount of complicated obstetrics that he had to deal with at Ba Hospital, Bob returned to Australia to do specialist training in O and G from 1966 to 1969, working at Royal Women’s and St George Hospitals as registrar.

It was at St. George Hospital in 1968 where I was a junior RMO, that I first met Bob.  I recall assisting him surgically one night with a lady with a ruptured ectopic pregnancy who had come through Casualty.  I was already interested in pursuing O & G as a specialty, but I was so impressed with the accuracy of the diagnosis and the life-saving nature of the surgery, that it strengthened this intention for me.

After the birth of their 4th child, the Rundles returned to Ba Hospital in 1969 where Bob worked until late 1972, then returning to Sydney because of parental illness.  Bob then commenced Obstetrics and Gynaecology practice in Brookvale and Dee Why, until retirement in 1997, having had heart surgery the year before.

Other interests and abilities were legion. He showed great generosity with money, time and talents, maintaining wide interests in missions.  He was an accomplished gardener; he loved music and played the piano and organ; he had a beautiful tenor voice, and sang in various choirs for 40 years; and he was widely interested in various sports, both his own and his children’s.

In 2013 Bob was diagnosed with metastatic melanotic brain tumours, which did not respond to treatment, and he died on 23rd December 2013.

When asked by one of his children about how he felt about dying, he replied “Not a problem” – indeed not a problem at all for a man who knew and served Jesus, the One who is the Resurrection and the Life!   His was utter confidence in his Saviour which enabled him to depart this world, into the life that his God had planned for him since before time began, leaving the lives of all those who knew and loved him, all the richer for knowing him.