In Memoriam: Dr. Robert Setrag Dorian

Dr. Robert Setrag DorianDr. Robert Setrag “Bob” Dorian, 59, of Far Hills, N.J., passed peacefully on Wednesday, March 19, 2014.

Visitation and a Celebration of Life was held at St. Mary Armenian Church, 200 W. Mt. Pleasant Ave., Livingston, N.J., on Thursday, March 27, 2014, from 12 noon to 8 p.m. and Friday, March 28, 2014, from 3 to 8 p.m. There was a short service at 7 p.m. on Friday during the visitation. Funeral service and interment was private. Arrangements were by Quinn-Hopping Funeral Home, Livingston.

Bob was the beloved husband of Linda Terlecki Dorian; loving father of Rose Maryam and Zoe Linda Dorian, and the devoted son of Dr. Robert Varoujan and Mariam Berberian Dorian, of Livingston.

His sisters, Kim and her husband, George Jamgochian, of Franklin Lakes, N.J., and MaryJan and her husband, Michael Kelly, of Wyckoff, N.J, also survive him. Bob is also survived by many loving nieces, nephews, and a large extended family.

Bob graduated from Livingston High School, Tufts University, The New England Conservatory of Music, and Rutgers Medical School. He was trained at New York Hospital-Cornell and Children’s Hospital-Harvard Medical School.

Dr. Dorian was an anesthesiologist at Saint Barnabas Medical Center for almost 30 years and was the chairman of the department for over 10 years. He specialized in pediatric anesthesiology and pain medicine.

Bob’s greatest ability, however, was in making everyone feel important and every moment special. His passion was bringing his expertise to those who needed it most. He worked tirelessly on medical missions to the Philippines, Grenada, Haiti, and Dominican Republic.

He was also an avid photographer, musician, magician, astronomer, and triathlete. His talents were innumerable and inexplicable. Bob loved and was loved by his family, friends, colleagues, students, and patients.

Bob loved his Armenian heritage. He was a member of St. Mary Armenian Church in Livingston, and a graduate of their Sunday school and of the Araratian Armenian School. Bob left an indelible impact on everyone he met.

Published by The Star-Ledger on Mar. 25, 2014.