January 11, 1945 – May 4, 2021
L. Robert McElmurry ’71 was born Jan. 11, 1945, and died May 4, 2021, at age 76 in Lansing, Michigan. As a young man, he helped build Highway 496 and honed his construction skills throughout his life, accumulating over 10,000 hours operating large equipment. Dr. McElmurry practiced family medicine for 50 years. He started practicing with his father, Leland R. McElmurry ’42, and together they served the Lansing area for nearly 100 years. He treated thousands of patients, including multiple generations within families. Dr. McElmurry was instrumental in producing legislation to protect patient rights.
He had a diverse set of interests, from founding and managing businesses with his wife, Roberta, to collecting antiques and studying ancient Greek and Roman history. He traveled around the world twice, once in 80 days and once in a year with Roberta at his side. An expert botanist, he took great pride in his garden.
Most of all, Dr. McElmurry loved, protected, and provided for his family and those closest to him. He is survived by his wife, Roberta; sons, Robert and Andrew; two grandchildren; and four siblings.