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Shelbyville's Robert P. Inlow, M.D., passed away at the age of 90

A renowned doctor from Shelbyville has passed away.


Robert P. Inlow, M.D., passed away on February 16.


Inlow was born in Shelbyville in 1930 to Norma and Dr. William DePrez Inlow.


He obtained his bachelor’s degree from Indiana University in 1951 and his medical degree in 1956.

IU is also where he met his wife of 70 years, Roberta Graber Inlow.


Inlow completed his medical internship at Ohio State University and his residency in surgery at the Mayo Clinic. He was also a Captain in the United States Army.


Inlow served and worked at the Inlow Clinic which provided medical services to the greater Shelbyville community for 68 years. The clinic was started in Shelbyville by his father, Dr. William DePrez Inlow, and uncles Herb and Fred in 1923. Bob Inlow joined the clinic in 1963, and served as President until it closed its doors in 1991.  Over the years the clinic employed 40 different doctors and served countless patients in Shelby County.


Inlow also continued the tradition of the Mayo Clinic Priestly Society which bestowed the “Inlow Award” annually for top surgical research by a fellow in the surgical training program. Even after his retirement he continued his medical pursuits in the Medical Reserve Corps and CERT in Redondo Beach, California.


Due to COVID, only a family memorial will be scheduled at this time.


Services have been entrusted to Freeman Family Funeral Homes and Crematory, 819 S. Harrison St. in Shelbyville.


Interment will be at Forest Hill Cemetery in Shelbyville.