Robert Hays Radnich MD, formerly of Dover, Delaware, died on April 5th, 2023 at The Country House in Wilmington, Delaware with his wife of 45 years by his side. He was 81 years old.
Born in Oklahoma City, OK, Robert was the youngest son of Frances Hays Radnich and Spencer I. Radnich Sr. He was predeceased by his parents and older brother, Spencer I. Radnich Jr.
In addition to his wife, Diane, Bob is survived by his two sons, Christopher H. and Ross A. Radnich; granddaughter, Morgan A. Radnich and her mother Jennifer Radnich. He is also survived by his two daughters from a previous marriage, Kathryn L. McKernan and Gabrielle M. Arwadi, their spouses and four children; sister-in-law, Gayle Radnich; and many nieces and nephews.
Simply known as Bob or Doc to family, friends and colleagues, he graduated from Norfolk Senior High School, Norfolk, Nebraska in 1960 and Westminster College, Fulton, Missouri in 1964. Following graduation, he went to Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas where he earned his medical degree. He then began his US Naval career. Bob completed his internship at the US Naval Hospital in Portsmouth, Virginia; followed by a tour of duty at The National Regional Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland where he first started practicing as an OB-GYN. His next assignment was at the Regional Medical Center, in Jacksonville, Florida, where he resigned from the Navy in 1976 after attaining the rank of Commander. It was in Jacksonville that he met and married his wife, Diane, a Navy nurse. Together they moved to Arvada, Colorado to continue his career. In 1980, the couple moved to Dover, Delaware, where Bob became a partner in the Dedicated to Women Group. He practiced OB-GYN at Bayhealth, Kent General Hospital for 31 years, retiring in 2011.
Bob was a quiet, gentle, caring man who was a devoted husband and father. He was a respected member of both the Dover and medical communities. He was devoted to his work as a physician and loved taking care of his patients; especially bringing new babies into the world! He enjoyed many outdoor activities including tennis, skiing, biking, golf and assisting with his sons’ outdoor scouting activities. He was an avid sports fan, following all the Philly sports teams (especially the Eagles) as well as endless golf tournaments and football games. Following his retirement, he enjoyed traveling with Diane both stateside and abroad, participating in many classes through OSHER Life Long Learning, reading history books and honing his culinary skills with some really amazing results!
There will be a memorial service at The Country House in Wilmington on Friday April 21st in Danby Chapel at 11:15 AM.
A Celebration of Life gathering will be held at Maple Dale Country Club in Dover for friends, neighbors, and colleagues on Saturday, April 22nd from 2 – 4 PM.
Burial at Arlington National Cemetery with military honors will be private at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: Bayhealth Foundation, Kent Campus, 640 S. State Street, Dover, DE. 19901, The Country House Employee Appreciation Fund 4830 Kennett Pike, Suite #5502, Wilmington, DE 19807, or the charity of your choice.
Arrangements and obituary by McCrery & Harra Funeral Home Wilmington, Delaware.