I grew up in New Albany, Indiana, and graduated as valedictorian from New Albany High School in 1964. I began my IU studies at what was then the Indiana University Extension at Jeffersonville that summer. On Labor Day 1964, I moved into the Sigma Alpha Epsilon house as a pledge and began my academics in earnest as a pre-med chemistry major. I was active in campus politics, became involved with the Union Board and was selected for the IMU Board of Directors in 1966. During my junior year, I was also a part of the IU Foundation Student Foundation doing publicity for the Little 500. I was accepted to the IU School of Medicine that year.


I the summer of 1967, I matriculated to the IU School of Medicine in Indianapolis to the sounds of Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band. I completed my four years of medical school with an interest in orthopedics and received Alpha Omega Alpha medical honorary recognition. A year of internship at St. Vincent’s Hospital and three years of Orthopedic Surgery Residence completed my education.

I spent a little over two years as a surgeon in the US Air Force stationed at Clark Airbase in the Philippines, where in 1977, I entertained the IU Alumni Club of Manila with a base tour, introduction to a C-9 medical evacuation aircraft, and finished with a viewing of the 1976 Indiana Basketball NCAA Champions highlight film.

I began practice of Orthopedic Surgery in Columbus, Indiana, in November 1977, and have been active in varied community activities since that time.

To contact me, write to me at: Forste@aol.com

Rob in an IU jacket


About Rob Forste