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I just read that Dr. Roberto Bryson passed away.

My deepest condolences are hereby extended to family members and friends. Dr. Bryson’s passing is a great loss for our community.

I first met the good doctor when my son as an infant ran into some medical challenge, on a weekend or a holiday, I forgot what it was. But Dr. Bryson never forgot that I once came to see him, and that I had a son. He always asked me about him, with a bright, sunshiny face, and that eternal I-so-happy-to-see-you grin.

I also met him on a number of occasions at the then Radisson Resort, where his colleague Dr. J. R. Rajnherc organised the annual Dr. Bryson pediatric symposium, on a few consecutive years.

Rajnherc told me at the time that it all started when Dr. Bryson retired, reaching the young age of 65. Up until then none of the medical specialists have ever been honored while still well and alive, for his/her contributions to this island’s health and well-being. “For that reason,”  Rajnherc explained, “I decided to organise the conferences titled Dr. Bryson Pediatric Symposiums, in honor of the retired, most-loved and most-respected pediatrician.”

I also interviewed Dr. Bryson about two years ago, for the Rotary club book, he was president of the club in 2000 -2001.  The interview was titled “Great Awareness – Take Action,” and I think it is worthy of a reprint because we just lost a great human being, and shedding light on a small portion of his life, honors his memory.

Dr. Bryson decided to join the Rotary Club in 1988. He came from school 10 years prior to that, after a decade of studies, and enjoyed settling down on Aruba with his family, dedicating much time to his many patients. But the quest for more persisted, and when he was invited to join the Rotary Club, he answered with great enthusiasm and has been a staunch supporter of everything the club does.

Helping the community, via the Rotary Club, he felt, was as good as being a physician, because it was satisfying and gratifying, that members could serve each other in more than one capacity.

Enjoying both ends of spectrum, Dr. Bryson had a thriving professional life and great interest in the Rotarians. Some of his favorite projects included the Kibrahacha 60+, which he believed was fantastic.

Also during his presidency Rotarians performed hands-on community work by helping out a kindergarten in Savaneta. One of the best club initiatives, he explained, was the Back to School activity in conjunction with Roteract, where each August an outing for 40 underprivileged kids was organized, serving breakfast or lunch, and handing out fully equipped school bags.

Then of course the distribution of funds to charities was always moving and emotional.  Dr. Bryson believed that all human beings are here on earth for a reason, and one of those reasons was to help each other and change the world, one day at the time.

“We changed some rules during my presidency too,” he revealed,” when the first woman was introduced to the Rotary Club, it was a major departure from tradition, and Avi Swaen, had the honor to pioneer that.”

Dr. Bryson was always very active around Fiesta Rotaria, and during his term as president and event raised more than one quarter of a million florins, which presented a modest increase over the previous year, and it has been increasing ever since.

While the eradication of polio in India and Africa was the Rotary’s main goal, Dr. Byson explained, the club thinks globally, and acts locally, in a most effective manner.

May his memory be blessed. And may he rest in peace.


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January 04, 2018
Rona Coster