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Dr. Robert A Skankey MD

I love life!  That's my motto and I live by it everyday.  I try to learn from the past, plan for the future, but live in the present.
I was raised in San Mateo, California, received a BS from Stanford University, and a Medical Degree from Northwestern University Medical School.  After interning at Los Angeles General Hospital in 1956, I practiced medicine as a general practitioner with my father, for five years in San Bruno, California. It was during this time that I was first active in Rotary for about three years, prior to returning for a four-year Obstetrics/Gynecology Residency at University of California, San Francisco. I subsequently spent the next thirty-five years practicing Obstetrics and Gynecology in the beautiful unique town of Ojai, California. During my career I delivered so many babies that I stopped counting at 3500.
Once in practice in Ojai, I joined the Rotary Club of Ojai because of its motto: Service Above Self.  In Rotary, although involved with youth in a number of activities, my main focus was through the Rotary International Service Organization. One year I served as Committee Chair. Most of my medical missions have been accomplished through Rotary.
I have served medical missions in Bolivia, the Island of Tonga, along the Amazon in Brazil, with Indians at Tuba City, Arizona, accomplished dental and physical hygiene education in Nicaragua, medical care on the Island of Roatan, Honduras.  In Ghana we gave aid to "Street Girls," did gynecological surgery in Mali, and in Ethiopia I learned to do gynecological fistula repair at the Addis Ababa Fistula Hospital.
In 2009, Leslie Clark and I established the first permanent medical clinic for the Tuareg and Wodaabe Nomads of Niger, Africa, along their nomadic route in the desert near Ingall. After recognizing that the country of Niger had one of the highest maternal and fetal mortality rates in the world, starting in 2011 we gathered one woman from each nomadic group in a wide area around our medical clinic and taught them midwifery. This, along with a number of my programs, is still ongoing. Since training the midwives (matrones) we have not lost a mother or child while under the care of our trained matrones.
I am a recipient of the Rotarian Padilla "Humanitarian of the Year" for 2008-2009 by Rotary District 5240, and the International Rotary "Service Above Self "award for 2012 .
I have been active in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and have held many callings, mostly associated with youth programs.  I also served three eighteen-month medical missions caring for the Church's young missionaries, two in the United States and one in northern Brazil.
I was active in Boy Scouts of America as a youth, and later served in many leadership positions until a month ago.
Hobbies: biking, jogging, sailing, hiking and exploring the out of doors. Researching and recording family history and photography.
While in my last year of medical school I married Alice Larson. We were blessed with five boys and an adopted Korean daughter. At present we have 14 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren.  In 2007 Alice passed away.
In 2008 I married Louine Hunter who brought to our marriage ten adult children.  Since then, we have served our humanitarian missions together.
(comment) I don't take formal pictures of myself. Since the RI President encouraged a family approach I included a picture of me and my wife (Louine).
Dr. Bob
Robert Skankey MD
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