Robin Nathaniel Wooten, Jr. ’58

Robin Nathaniel Wooten, Jr. ’58, of Lakeland, Fla., passed away peacefully of lung cancer on Aug. 7, 2012, at the Palliative Care Unit at Lakeland Regional Medical Center surrounded by his loving family. He was born in Shelby, N.C., on Dec. 15, 1936, to Robin and Sara Margaret Wooten. He graduated from Davidson and from the UNC School of Medicine in Chapel Hill. He completed his internship in straight surgery at the University of Kentucky School of Medicine in Lexington. Wooten completed his psychiatric residency at UNC in 1970. During those years, he was chosen fellow for the Group for Advancement of Psychiatry and received the Best Resident Award. He moved to Lakeland in 1970, and began his 38 years as psychiatrist at the Watson Clinic, where he was chairman of the psychiatric department for many years. He was chairman of the Department of Psychiatry at Lakeland Regional Medical Center 1991-1993 and 1997-2002. He also practiced in Ocala and in Wauchula. Wooten was included in Top Psychiatrists in America, 2007-2008. During his career, Wooten was a member of the American Medical Association, the American Psychiatric Association, the Florida Psychiatric Association, and the Polk County Medical Association. He was recently elected by the APA to be a life fellow in recognition of his significant contributions to psychiatry. Wooten is survived by his family: wife of 21 years, Janet Wooten, 1162 Waterfall Ln., Lakeland, FL 33803-5980; son, Ashley Wooten; daughters, Katharine Wooten, Liz Antaya (Jason), and Alexandra Jenkins; and grandchildren, Adam and Carmen Antaya.