Robert W. Whitlock, MSSW, MHA, LCSW, Director of the Missouri Kidney Program (MoKP) and leader in the kidney community, passed away on July 20, 2008. The MoKP, a state kidney program affiliated with the University of Missouri , was established in 1968 to assist Missouri residents with chronic kidney disease in meeting their medical, financial, psychological and educational needs. During Mr. Whitlock’s 14-year tenure as Director, the MoKP subsidized medication and transplant-related expenses for over 2100 low-income patients with kidney disease, educated 2000 patients about their treatment options through the Patient Education Program, and conducted research funded by the National Kidney Foundation, the Centers for Disease Control, and HRSA’s Division of Transplantation. He proudly served in the U.S. Air Force, both on active and reserve duty, from 1972 until 1978. He was the father of Jessica and Joshua Whitlock, grandfather of Victoria and Xavier Whitlock and beloved husband of Margo. He leaves a legacy of improved care of kidney patients throughout the entire state of Missouri. May peace be with the Whitlock family.
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