In Memory

Robert Ensley

from the U.S. Army Baden-Wurttemberg Herald Post, July 2009: In Memoriam – Dr. (Lt. Col.) Rob Ensley Dr. (Lt. Col.) Robert John Ensley, 46, died June 15 in Columbus, Ga. Ensley served as the chief of the Department of Behavioral Health for the Medical Department Activity-Heidelberg. He also served as the chairman of the Health Care Personnel Monitoring Committee, the medical review officer, a clinical Army Substance Abuse Program consultant and clinical expert to the community’s Suicide Prevention Team. He consulted on all behavioral health issues for the Warrior Transition Unit Soldiers, provided sanity boards on demand, and completed command directed psychiatric evaluations. He left Germany at the end of April to join the Warrior Transition Battalion at Fort Bennng, Ga., and continue his cancer treatments near his family. Ensley received an appointment to the U.S. Army Reserves in 1982. He graduated in 1986 with a Bachelor of Science with concentrated studies in engineering BIOMED, and he received his Master of Science in general medicine in 1994. Funeral services with full military honors were held June 19 at Vance Memorial Chapel in Phenix City, Ala., with internment following at Philadelphia Baptist Church Cemetery. He is survived by his wife, Heather, and their three children, of Smiths Station, Ala.; his parents, Donald and Billie Ensley; his sister, Mary Smith; and his brothers, Doug and David Ensley.



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02/16/11 04:34 PM #1    

Cathy Stepchuck (Evans)





            Im so very saddened to see this today.  I had no idea that we had lost him. My favorite memory of Robbie was in the Hillwood Baptist Kindergarden days and early grammer school.  I had a wild crush on him and a very sweet friendship.  My condolences to his family and friends. 

02/18/11 10:00 PM #2    

LuAnn Crowley

 Wow, I always knew Robbie would make something of himself.  What an impressive history.  I am saddened to hear of his premature passing:(

02/21/11 02:35 PM #3    

Melanie McGrath

I remember Robbie first in the third grade, always happy and very nice. Always smiling.  His family lived across the street from Mt. Gap School.  I thought that was neat.

I remember the clever poem he wrote for "seed" at GHS, poking fun at how people interpret poems.

Robbie did some incredible research as a psychiatrist and Army doctor.  He was one of the first individuals to link Lariam, an anti-malarial drug, with an increased incidence of suicide among soldiers, esp those also taking anti-depressents.  A bold stance to take as an Army officer, but true to Robbie's intelligence and integrity, and one that has caused the Department of Defense to relook some of its policies.

I will miss my friend and classmate, but I stand in awe of his contributions and am humbled by the quiet grace and diginity with which he served our country.

02/21/11 09:27 PM #4    

Robert Fleagle

To All Of The Ensley Family,

     I wish to convey my deepest heartful sympathy of Robbie's passing. He was a true friend who I could always talk to when I needed help figuring something out. He was a good man, and a true friend to one and all.


          Rob Fleagle

06/08/11 01:06 PM #5    

Tom DeClue

I first met Rob in kindergarten (Barbie Shields was in my class too). He was my best friend in high school as we shared the save off-beat sense of humor and taste in music. We stayed in touch through the years. I miss him very much.

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