Robert Clausen is a retired physician who resides in South Bend, Indiana. He is a member of Christ the King Lutheran Church where he serves as a parish musician and a member of the Social Concerns Ministry. He is also engaged with a number of non-profit social justice organizations in the Michiana area and the National Advisory Council of the College of Nursing at Valparaiso University.
After graduating with a B.S. from Valparaiso University in 1969, he pursued his medical education at Kasturba Medical College in Manipal, Karnataka State, India. While a student, he was very active on behalf of the complicated plight of the outcaste community. He completed his post-graduate education in internal medicine and clinical immunology and allergy at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit Michigan. In 1982, he moved to South Bend, where he established the Allergy and Clinical Immunology Division at the South Bend Clinic. For more than twenty years, he provided much of the primary and specialty outpatient care for people infected and affected with HIV Disease in north central Indiana. In addition to medical practice, Bob was a member of the faculty at the University of Notre Dame in the Department of Biological Sciences and at the Indiana University School of Medicine – South Bend.
First and foremost, Bob is an LVC dad. In 2000, Bob’s daughter, Amy served with LVC in Minneapolis. As the result of frequent trips to the Twin Cities, he came to know of the scope and breadth of the LVC experience and how transformative the year of service can be in the life of a recent college graduate. In 2010, Amy was awarded a Masters in Non-Profit Administration cum laude from Notre Dame, and continues her journey in the nonprofit world in Cleveland.
Since retiring from medical practice. Bob has been active in recruitment of new volunteers at colleges and universities in the Midwest, as well as representing LVC at regional ELCA Synod Assemblies and with anyone who will listen. A seasoned international traveler, Bob is happiest with his daughter in Cleveland, his family of origin in Germany and his adopted home in India.