Dr. Kenneth Bobb – Community Physician

I first met Dr. Bobb in 1985
when I came here as pastor at Immanuel. I was the associate
pastor at the time. And it was good for me to
get to know different people. And people told me I
needed to meet Dr. Bobb. One of the interesting
stories is, back when he was a
student in our school– which was way before my time– the principal at
the school tried to encourage Dr.
Bobb to be a pastor. And Dr. Bobb took
that so seriously. He said, “You know, if he
believes I could be a pastor, then I bet I can be a doctor.” And I think he has taken
that vocation of a physician into a calling in life. A couple of things that really
stand out about Dr. Bobb is integrity. He’s a man of his word. If he says he’s going to
do something, he will. He’s an honest man, which
means if he doesn’t think he can take care of
a person’s situation, he’s not going overpromise. He’s going to find somebody
that can take care of it. But he’s also a man
who’s willing to step outside of maybe what’s
comfortable in life to do what’s needed for
the larger community. Whether that means being a
public advocate for smoking cessation or dealing
with the opiate problem, he’s willing to take
on those tough things. That takes some character. I think the legacy will always
be that Doctor and Bobb will always go together;
that people will look at him as being the model
of what a physician ought to be. He’s the kind of
role model that I think a lot of young
physicians ought to look at. And I actually
wish that he could talk to every individual
student in med school who could spend a week with
him and get an idea of what the doctor ought to be. It means a lot to me
to receive this award. And I hope that my
acceptance of this award might inspire other doctors to
go back to their communities and be a part of it. I think the thing that
I loved about it most– and I really didn’t appreciate
it as much going through it as I do now– was the intimacy that I
enjoyed with the patient and their family,
taking care of them at the beginning of their lives
and at the end of their lives. I think the rewarding thing
is to have survived it all, to have gotten here to the
end, now be able to look back and see all the
things that I did. And I wonder, how did you
have time to do all that? How did you get all that done? I want my legacy to be that
here’s a young man that grew up in this community. He came back to this community. He proved that you can come
back to your own community and be a giver and a
partaker of all the things that make up a community. And I want everybody to
feel that if you work hard, the remuneration and
all the gifts that are associated therewith
will be fruits of that. [MUSIC PLAYING]

Leave a Reply

(*) Required, Your email will not be published