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Robert P. Hershkowitz, MD of West Long Branch, NJ, passed away peacefully at home on March 18, 2021 surrounded by loved ones. He was born in Jersey City and had been a resident of West Long Branch for the better part of 47 years. A graduate of Muhlenberg College and Hahnemann School of Medicine, Bob had been a practicing Internist in Long Branch for over 45 years.

Surviving are his loving wife, Elaine; children, Scott, Brian, and his wife Nycole, Dawn Adamo and her husband John, Eric Grissom and his wife Casey; sisters, Diane Salzberger and Shelley Mandy; sisters-in-law, Sharon Hershkowitz and Pat Boden; and grandchildren, Ellie, Matthew, Kate, Gavin, Hannah, Ingrid, Emily, Avery, Ava, Reilly, Cooper; several nieces and nephews; and his furry friend Fluffy. Bob was predeceased by his parents, Bernie and Harriet (Nadelhaft); brother, Jerry; and brother-in-law, Paul Salzberger.  

Robert was his given name but he was Bob to most, Pop-pop to his grandkids, Bobby to his sisters and select friends, Hersh to his colleagues and Doc to everyone.
While Bob’s life included time as a sponsored tennis pro, a ski professional, and an ambulance driver, he was, at his core, a true doctor. A problem solver of the human condition. He loved nothing more than the challenge of diagnosing the most difficult cases. His passion for medicine was evident as he always loved reading  the New England Journal of Medicine, teaching residents at Monmouth Medical Center, nurse practitioners at Monmouth University, and discussing cases with his colleagues in the physicians’ lunch room.  His greatest strength as a physician was that he always listened intently to his patients, for he knew that they held the key to a correct diagnosis. It was only a matter of finding the right question. Bob was an old school physician and many of his patients became dear friends.

While he spent most of his time in the office wearing green scrubs, he always had tennis attire nearby and was ready for a match.  Bob’s love for the game was legendary and he was always looking to improve his game.  At home, Bob would walk around practicing his serve without a racquet or you may find him sitting at a table watching tennis videos in search of a better backhand.

There’s nothing he loved more than his family, close friends, medicine, and playing tennis (and not always in that order).  He became an avid swimmer in his 60s and if there was a pool nearby, he had an amazing knack for finding himself “invited” to it. 

Bob wanted to be known simply as “a good doctor.”

The family intends to plan a celebration of his life when people may gather together safely. Thompson Memorial Home, Red Bank is in charge of arrangements. Donations may be made to Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (
Bruce S. Thompson, Owner & Manager, NJ LIC #3740