University of Chicago Medicine and Biological Sciences

Ron O’Drobinak’s career as a project manager spanned more than 42 years in FPD&C. Sadly, on the morning of Saturday, July 10, Ron passed away after a long battle with cancer. He was 61. 

“We are deeply saddened by the death of our friend and colleague,” said Marco Capicchioni, vice president of FPD&C. “Ron was a valuable and well-respected member of our team. He will be greatly missed.”

John Beberman, a fellow project manager, worked with Ron since 1994. “Ron’s forte was projects that were complex and involved much creative problem solving.”

From 1994 to 2000, Ron supervised numerous projects, such as the renovation of the Mitchell patient units and the build out of the Physical Therapy clinic on 47th Street. From 2000 until the present, his specialty was supervising large equipment projects for the oncology and radiology departments. Ron was involved in installing linear accelerators, the brachytherapy suite, MRIs, CTs, SPECT/CT, PET/CT, and digital radiography and fluoroscopy machines.

“He was excellent at exacting the scope of these projects and worked well with project partners to ensure they were completed on schedule,” continued Beberman.

A U.S. Army veteran, Ron is survived by his wife, Joanne, a clinical documentation specialist in UCM’s medical records department, and daughter Stephanie.

Capicchioni noted, “His unyielding commitment and years of service to UCM will not be forgotten.”

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