The American School Health Association mourns the loss of one its most distinguished members, Dr. Robert Synovitz. Dr. Synovitz served as president of ASHA from 1981-82 and received the Distinguished Service Award in 1979. The family has established the Dr. Robert Synovitz Memorial fund in his name to benefit the ASHA Student Scholarship Fund.
Bob earned his Master's Degree (1956) in Physical Education and his Doctorate (1959) in Health and Safety at Indiana University (IU). After obtaining his doctorate, he landed at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana where he was a co-founder of Eta Sigma Gamma, the National Health Professional Honorary Society for health education students and faculty. He went on serve as Chair of the Department of Health Sciences at Western Illinois University (WIU) in Macomb, Illinois where he expanded and developed the department to a level matching successful Departments of Health Sciences and Health Education nationwide. After retiring from WIU, Dr. Synovitz worked at the ASHA national office in Kent, OH where he managed a large drug education grant and served as a conference planner.