Dr. Robert Thorvald Vaaler, 85, Minneapolis, died peacefully surrounded by his family on Friday, January 17, 2014.
Bob grew up in Cannon Falls, and served in the U.S. Navy after graduation from Cannon Falls High School in 1946. A graduate of the University of Minnesota Medical School, Bob was a gifted anesthesiologist who practiced at Abbott Northwestern Hospital and Minneapolis Children's Hospital over his long career, specializing in care of infants and children.
He had a deep love of music and was an extremely talented flutist, playing with the Minneapolis Civic Symphony and numerous woodwind chamber groups made up of the finest musicians in the Twin Cities.
Bob was a proud third-generation Norwegian-American who maintained a warm relationship with cousins in Norway. He loved his family and passed on to them his love of music and his wonderful sense of humor.
He is survived by his loving wife of 62 years, Betty; his brother J. Richard (Jaye) Vaaler of Golden Valley; his five children, Bryn (Schelly) Vaaler of Minneapolis, Mary (Charles) Curry of Woodbury, John (Mina) Vaaler of Fredericksburg, VA, Paul (Katherine) Vaaler of Golden Valley, and Andrew (Caroline) Vaaler, MD, of Minneapolis; and by his eight grandchildren, Agatha, Celine, Benjamin, John, Angelina and Charles Vaaler and Julia and Rose Curry.
A memorial service was held at the Mindekirken Norwegian Lutheran Memorial Church on Wednesday, January 22, 2014. Memorials are preferred to the Musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra.