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Robert Rauch, Dentist, Civic Volunteer and Author, Dies at 62

"Dr. Bob" was a public speaker for many Relays for Life and a former member of the Orange Board of Education.


Robert S. Rauch, D.D.S., 62, of Orange, passed away peacefully with his family by his side on Feb. 1, 2013, at Yale’s Smilow Cancer Center after a seven-and-a-half year long battle with cancer.

“Dr. Bob” was born in Brooklyn, NY, on Sept. 16, 1950, to the late Herman and Helen Rauch, and his Brooklyn pride remained with him throughout his lifetime.

He graduated from the University of Bridgeport in 1972 and Georgetown Dental School in 1976. He practiced in the Milford community for more than 37 years. He and his wife, Diana, whom he met serendipitously during his early years in practice, founded a family dental practice on Cherry Street in Milford.

He considered his office staff and dental patients family and treated all who visited his practice to stellar dental care and perhaps a magic trick or two. His practice will continue to run, with strong dentists and, eventually, his son Michael. 

Dr. Rauch did not allow his cancer diagnosis to interfere with his infectious enthusiasm for life and adventure. He enjoyed skiing with his family and the Boneheads, biking with Team Orange, vacationing with friends and the 4Rs, coaching soccer, softball, t-ball and baseball, camping and hiking.

He was also a former member of the Orange Board of Education, a Cub Scout leader, a public speaker for many Relays for Life and for dental health awareness locally and nationally, and a TV personality with “Taking the Mystery Out of Medicine.”

A past president of the Milford Dental Society, Dr. Rauch was also a member of the Pierre Fauchard Society. He published multiple books, including Spiritual Signs and Lessons of a Survivor, books one and two, chronicling his life and fight against cancer. 

Dr. Rauch is survived by his devoted and loving wife, Diana; his children, Laurén, Michael and Bryan; his mother-in-law, Bette Zuraw; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his brother, father-in-law, brother-in-law and nephew. 

Visiting hours took place Feb. 3 at the Cody-White Funeral Home in Milford. A Celebration of Life was held Feb. 4 at Grassy Hill Country Club in Orange; burial was private. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Closer to Free organization (Smilow Cancer Center) in Dr. Rauch’s memory.

Donation links, online condolences and more information can be found at www.RememberingDrBobRauch.com

Jaimie Cura (Editor) February 06, 2013 at 11:09 PM
Condolences left on the Orange Patch Facebook page: William LoCasto: Dr. Rauch was my dentist and a friend of the family from the time I was 12 years old, more than 30 years ago. He will be sorely missed. Annette Calavas Fuller: RIP, Bob. A really wonderful man. Will definitely be missed. Condolences to the entire Rauch family. https://www.facebook.com/OrangePatch

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