February 21, 2011
Longtime Warriors Team Physician, Dr. Robert Albo, Passes Away
Dr. Robert Albo served the team's medical needs for nearly 40 years. (warriors.com photo)
Dr. Robert Albo, the longtime Team Physician and Director of Medicine for the Golden State Warriors, passed away earlier today in the Bay Area at the age of 78.
Albo, who was born on May 8, 1932, served the Warriors’ medical needs for nearly 40 years, having begun his run as Team Physician in the early 1970s. In 1999, Albo was named the Warriors’ Director of Medicine, a title he held for the last 12 years, including the current 2010-11 NBA season. He was also the longtime team physician and medical consultant for the Oakland Raiders.
A Berkeley High School product and a 1954 graduate of UC Berkeley, Albo was inducted into the Cal Athletic Hall of Fame in 2007, honoring a collegiate athletic career that saw him earn three letters in both basketball and baseball at Cal. He graduated from the UC School of Medicine in 1959 and embarked on a medical career in the Bay Area that would last more than 50 years. In addition to the UC Berkeley Athletic Hall of Fame, Albo is a member of the Berkeley High School Hall of Fame, the Berkeley High School Athletic Hall of Fame and the University of California Class of ‘54 Hall of Fame. Albo was also an accomplished magician and held the largest private magic collection in the world.
Dr. Albo is survived by his wife, Marge, three children, Debbie, Doug and Robert Jr., and eight grandchildren.
Funeral arrangements are pending.
Warriors Owner Joe Lacob: “Dr. Albo was an absolute treasure and we are grateful for his years of dedication and service to the Golden State Warriors organization. He was a first-class professional who gave so much of his time and energy to ensure that our players were always provided with the best possible advice and care. Our thoughts go out to his family and loved ones.”
Warriors General Manager Larry Riley: “Dr. Albo had a tremendous passion for life and a deep love for the game of basketball. He cared deeply about the Warriors organization. You could see that by the way he made himself available at all times to provide personal attention to the needs of our players and staff. We’ll always remember seeing him in our locker room on game nights, where he was quick to greet you with a welcoming handshake and his infectious smile.”
Warriors Legend & Ambassador Alvin Attles: “The thing that I always admired about Dr. Albo was that he was always concerned about the athlete’s health and well-being before anything else. That may not sound like anything special today, but years ago that line of thinking was a departure from how things were usually done because the athlete’s personal best interests were not always considered. Doc cared deeply about the athletes and he was able to do what was best for both the player and the organization. He will be greatly missed, and we are better off for having known him and had the chance to be associated with him.”