Dr. Hentschel Hall Of Famer At OFA, In Medicine
BY DAVE SHEA
Dr. Bob Hentschel graduated from Ogdensburg Free Academy in 1952 in an era when athletes could compete in two sports in the spring season. He made the most of the sporting opportunities excelling in football, basketball, baseball and track-field where he made his mark as one of the school's best sprinters ever.
As a senior he was a captain of an undefeated VanDusen Championship team and in 1951 ran on a record-setting 880 relay team. In football he was a two-year varsity starter and team captain, in basketball he was a two-year varsity player and member of the 1951 Northern League Playoff Championship team and also played two years of varsity baseball.
Dr. Hentschel was also Class Valedictorian, Class President and active in several clubs.
After graduating from the University of Rochester and earning his medical degree from McGill University in 1959 he extended the extreme excellence from his athletic career into the medical field as a surgeon and administrator in service to his country and his hometown of Ogdensburg.
He completed his surgical residency at St. Vincent's Hospital in Bridgeport, CT. in 1964 where he met his wife Lanne. The couple are the parents of four children and have seven grandchildren.
He served in the US Air Force as a Chief of Surgery in the Vietnam War and then returned to Ogdensburg as the Attending Physician at the VanDusen, President of the Remington Museum Board, member of the Ogdensburg Boys and Girls Club Board of Directors, Rescue Squad Board and several other organizations. He also served as the Regional Medical Director for the New York State Department of Corrections and after a 40-year career as a general surgeon in the A. Barton Hepburn Hospital he worked for several years at the Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center's Wound Center.
Throughout his life he pursued a love of outdoor activities especially on the St. Lawrence River.
In accepting his dad's OFA/SMA Hall of Fame plaque Will Hentschel, who also enjoyed an outstanding running career at OFA, spoke of the pride his dad took at being a Blue Devil athlete, the school's Outstanding Senior Athlete and accumulating a few "cinder scars" from the track.
"He also briefly held a world record in the water ski jump," said joked Will Hentschel whose mood turned very serious when he spoke of how returning to Ogdensburg and being a part of the community was very important to the great doctor.
"He also thanks all of his coaches and teammates," Will Hentschel added.