David L. Rimoin, MD, PhD, FACMG


Father Robert C.
Baumiller, SJ, PhD


Founding Fellow
of the ACMG;
Director of the genetic counseling program at Georgetown University Hospital;
Founding Director of the National Center for Education in Maternal and Child Health (MCEMCH).

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Robert C. Baumiller, SJ, PhD, who was known for his contributions to bioethics, cytogenetics and genetic counseling and was a Founding Fellow of the American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics (ACMG), passed away unexpectedly July 13, 2006, following heart surgery at Good Samaritan Hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio. He was 75.


Raised in Towson, Maryland, Father Baumiller was a 1949 graduate of Loyola High School and earned his bachelor's degree at Loyola College before entering the Society of Jesus at the Novitiate of St. Isaac Jogues in Wernersville, Pennsylvania, in 1953. He pronounced his first vows in 1955. He earned a doctorate in biology at St. Louis University and did post-doctoral work at the University of Wisconsin. The newly elevated Lawrence Cardinal Shehan ordained him to the Roman Catholic priesthood in 1965.


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Robert C. Baumiller, SJ, PhD was a unique human being who deftly combined his Roman Catholic faith and science to help people lessen the burden of genetic disease. He listened to patients’ concerns intently and always had just the right words to bring them comfort. Father Baumiller was committed to ensuring that the highest quality genetic services were accessible to all and was a lifelong advocate for families.


Father Baumiller initiated and nurtured an active prenatal genetic counseling program at Georgetown University Hospital—the first of its kind in a Catholic hospital in the U.S. He worked towards genetic literacy of professionals and the public at home and overseas, and he was committed to educating clergy of all faiths in genetic decision-making. With funding from the March of Dimes, Dr. Baumiller conducted workshops for clergy across the nation and at Georgetown University.


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  G I F T S


Gifts to the “Father Robert Baumiller Fund for Genetics and Society” may be made out to the ACMG Foundation for Genetic and Genomic Medicine and sent to:

7220 Wisconsin Ave
Suite 300
Bethesda, MD 20814.

Please include “Baumiller Fund” on the memo line of your check.

Or to make contributions via the ACMG Foundation website, click here.



For further information about the Fr. Robert C. Baumiller Fund for Genetics and Society, please call Barbara O'Reilly, Director of Development, at 301-718-2014, or email at boreilly@acmgfoundation.org.