Dr. Robert M. Schwartzman, emeritus professor and former chief of dermatology at the School of Veterinary Medicine, died at age 88 on December 28, 2014 in McLean, VA after a brief illness.
Dr. Schwartzman graduated from Penn in 1950 and Penn Vet in 1952. He earned his master’s degree and his PhD degree from the University of Minnesota, St. Paul, in 1953 and 1959 respectively. From 1953 to 1959, Dr. Schwartzman was an instructor in clinical medicine in the School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Minnesota.
In 1959, he was appointed assistant professor of dermatology in the Penn Veterinary School and was promoted to associate professor in 1964. In 1968 he became professor and chief of the section of dermatology. From 1963 to 1970 Dr. Schwartzman was assistant professor in the department of dermatology in the Graduate School of Medicine. He also had a secondary appointment as professor of dermatology in Penn’s School of Medicine, from 1983-1985. He became emeritus in 1996.
He was one of the founders and the second president of the American Academy of Veterinary Dermatology as well as a founder of the American College of Veterinary Dermatology.
In the 1957-1958 academic year, he was the recipient of a Mark L. Morris Foundation Fellowship Award. In 1973, Dr. Schwartzman received the Bourgelat Award of the British Small Animal Medical Association.
He was a member of the American Association of Veterinary Clinicians, the Academy of Dermatopathologists, the American Society of Veterinary Allergists and Immunologists, the American Academy of Allergy and the Veterinary Academy of Internal Medicine. Dr. Schwartzman has presented papers at six international meetings including the International Veterinary Congress of 1967 and 1968. Dr. Schwartzman’s primary field of research involved the immunological aspects of dermatology. He published over 35 scientific articles, four textbooks and had written chapters or sections in four other books.
In his early years on the faculty he worked closely with Frank Kral and together they authored two books, Veterinary and Comparative Dermatology (Lea and Febiger, Philadelphia, 1963) and Atlas of Small Animal Dermatoses (Lea and Febiger, 1968).
He is survived by his children: Peter, Amy (Kevin Moss) and Tom (Toby) Schwartzman and his grandchildren Hannah, Ellie and Will. Donations may be made to the Schwartzman Graduate Fund at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine or the Penn Wynne Library, Wynnewood, PA.