Daniel L. Traber

April 28, 1938 - September 19, 2012
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Dr. Daniel L. Traber, 74, passed away on September 19, 2012. He gave over fifty years of service to UTMB as a professor and research scientist of anesthesiology and physiology. With over 500 publications, he was internationally recognized as the foremost authority on smoke inhalation injury and burns. Born in Victoria, TX, he graduated from St. Joseph’s High School, St. Mary’s University (B.A.) and UTMB (Ph.D.) with postdoctoral work at Ohio State University.

Dr. Traber was preceded in death by his parents, Bruno J. and Margaret Rehm Traber; his half-sister, Fern Markle; and his son, Kurt Anderson Traber.

He is survived by his wife Lillian; their son, Daniel, and his wife, Julia; his brother, James; and sister, Betty.

Dr. Traber’s family will receive visitors beginning at 2:00 pm, Sunday, September 23rd, at Malloy & Son Funeral Home. A rosary will conclude the afternoon at 5:00 pm.

Funeral Mass will be 1:00 pm, Monday, September 24th, at Sacred Heart Church with Father John Paul Flajole, OFM and Father John Kellick as Celebrants. Entombment will follow the service at Calvary Cemetery Mausoleum.

Memorials may be made to the Daniel L. Traber Endowment Fund and sent to UTMB, Office of Development, 301 University Blvd, Galveston, TX 77555-0148.

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Born: April 28, 1938
Died: September 19, 2012

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Maret & Biff Traber posted on 11/30/-1

A wonderful man, a fantastic scientist, and a very funny guy. I was very pleased that he chose to collaborate with me. And that he found this side of the Traber family. I am sure he is in heaven telling funny stories!


Sandy Rhein posted on 11/30/-1

Betty, I'm so sorry to hear about the loss of your brother. I'm glad that you got there in time. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Sandy Rhein


Naoki Morita posted on 11/30/-1

Dear Ms. Lilian traber  We have learned with deepest sorrow and regret of the death of Dr. Daniel L. Traber. We realize the inadequacy of words to comfort you in your great grief. We remember Dr. Traber's kindness forever. We stand ready and eager to help in any way I can. With sympathy and warmest personal regards,  Sincerely yours, Naoki and Tomoko Morita


Faith McLEllan posted on 11/30/-1

Dan was a great friend, mentor, colleague, and tour guide! We had so many great times in Galveston, Vienna, and elsewhere. He lived life full to brimming, perhaps more than anyone I have ever known. My mother, Shirley McLellan, joins with me in sending heartfelt condolences to Lillian, Daniel, and all their family and many friends.