Robert L. Vernier, M.D., a distinguished member of the Medical School faculty in the Department of Pediatrics
for four decades, passed away on May 2, 2014. He died peacefully of heart failure at his daughter's home.
Dr. Vernier made historic clinical and scientific contributions to pediatric nephrology research and patient care. His collaboration in the 1950s and 1960s with Marilyn Farquhar and Robert Good established percutaneous kidney biopsy as a diagnostic tool in pediatric nephrology and created the foundation for our understanding of the ultrastructure of normal and diseased kidneys. His early leadership in national and international organizations played an important role in establishing a specialty position for pediatric nephrology. Working with Dr. Alfred Michael, Dr. Vernier established the Division of Pediatric Nephrology
at the University of Minnesota and trained over 100 pediatric nephrologists, most of whom went on to full-time faculty positions.