Funeral services will be held in Lexington on Wednesday for Robert Unterbrink Jr., who wrote two books on alternative medical treatments after watching his mother fight cancer.
Mr. Unterbrink, a Vietnam veteran and 1967 graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, died Aug. 28. He was 71.
Thomas Sturgill, a Lexington attorney who knew Mr. Unterbrink, said he was an engineer by training but spent 30 years researching and writing about alternative medical treatments for cancer and other illnesses.
"He was a wealth of knowledge, and his death is quite a loss to our community and people all over the country," Sturgill said. "He knew more about alternative health treatments than just about anybody. Many people read his books."
According to Sturgill, Mr. Unterbrink lost his mother to cancer about 30 years ago and was inspired to learn all he could about alternative cancer treatments.
"Most people would have said that and then done nothing about it. But he persevered and collected more information than I've seen anywhere else," Sturgill said. "He helped a lot of people."
Mr. Unterbrink ultimately self-published two books: When They Say Nothing Can Be Done, about cancer; and Weakened Immunity Can Be Deadly, about infectious diseases. He recently had completed a second edition of the immunity book, according to Sturgill.
Mr. Unterbrink, who moved to Lexington in the 1980s, also led The Research Group, an informal gathering of people who discussed health problems at the Good Foods Co-op in Lexington. The group organized about 15 years ago was still operating when Mr. Unterbrink died, said attorney Bob Reeves, a member.
Services for Mr. Unterbrink are scheduled for 9:30 a.m. Wednesday at Milward-Southland, followed by burial with full military honors at Camp Nelson National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Good Foods Co-op in Lexington.