June 13, 1997

School of Medicine’s oldest living graduate dies at the age of 100

School of Medicine's oldest living graduate dies at the age of 100

Vanderbilt University School of Medicine's oldest living graduate, Dr. Robert H. Elrod, class of 1922, has died at the age of 100.

Before his death Dr. Elrod established a fund that will eventually endow the Dr. Robert H. Elrod Scholarship at the Vanderbilt University School of Nursing. He was a life member of both the Julia Hereford and Canby Robinson societies and was a member of the Chancellor's Council.

Dr. Elrod was the chief of Surgical Sciences at Toledo Hospital before retiring at age 78. In his spare time, Dr. Elrod undertook a sort of second career ‹ breeding and training American saddle-bred show horses. He flourished in this field as well, judging horse shows across the United States and abroad.

Dr. Elrod's longevity ran in his family. His mother lived to be 99 and his two grandmothers lived to the ages of 103 and 105.

He is survived by his daughter Martha Baither Conrad, son Robert H. Elrod Jr., four grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren.