“There's no such thing as an ugly baby. There's no such thing as a bad child.”
Those were guiding principles for longtime Omaha pediatrician Dr. Gilbert Carlyle Schreiner, his family said.
Schreiner, 90, died Thursday in his sleep at the Wharton, Texas, home of family members he and his wife were visiting, said daughter Kiki Jacob of Fort Worth. He died after a brief illness, she said.
Schreiner set up a private practice in Omaha in 1954 as a board certified pediatric specialist with Dr. John M. Thomas. Schreiner was an Omaha pediatrician for the next 44 years, retiring from private practice in 1998.
“He loved life,” Jacob said. “Every day was a joyful day and a day for new discovery for him. He found joy in everything. He never stopped learning. He never stopped teaching.”
He really knew his patients, she said.
“He wanted to know every aspect of his patients, not just their illnesses,” she said. He documented their entire lives in his charts.
Jacob said he told his daughters: “The entire home matters in the success of the treatment.”
Schreiner, a native Nebraskan, received a bachelor's degree from Peru State College and had another year of schooling at Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Va. He received his medical degree in 1947 at the University of Nebraska.
After interning at the University of Indiana Hospital in Indianapolis, he was one of the first three pediatric residents in 1948 at the then-new Children's Memorial Hospital in Omaha. He did another residency at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore.
Schreiner served his country twice. During World War II, he was a medic in the Army Air Corps, and he returned to active duty in the Korean War as a doctor in the Air Force.
At Children's, Schreiner was president and served in many executive positions. He was named a Children's “Pediatric Legend” in 2005.
He had a variety of pediatric teaching posts at the University of Nebraska Medical Center and Creighton University School of Medicine. He was professor of the year several times at both schools, his family said.
Besides his daughter, Schreiner is survived by his wife of 68 years, Hayes Schreiner of Omaha; daughters Debbi Dimmick and Holli Schreiner, both of Wharton, Texas; three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will begin at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Pacific Hills Lutheran Church, 1110 S. 90th St.
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