Born June 16, 1923, in Oxnard, Calif., to Claude Lamar and Aubrey Reeves, Bob spent the first half of his adult life in Southern California.
Bob earned his degree in dentistry (DDS) at the University of Southern California (USC).
During World War II Bob served as a dentist, in the U.S. Army, stationed at Fort Lewis, Wash., where he met his future lifelong partner, Margaret E. Clare. Bob and Margaret married after the war, and kept busy raising four sons, David, Martin, Robert “Bob” Jr. and Thomas “Tom.”
Bob’s love of teaching became his main profession as he taught periodontics at USC four days a week, with private practice one day a week. Bob was a member of the American Academy of Periodontology and served as President in 1981. He was a longtime member of the American Board of Periodontology and was the Board’s Director for six years and the Secretary Treasurer until 1982. Bob’s greatest passions were teaching, learning, music, enjoyment of the outdoors, photography, and all manner of skilled crafts, including carpentry and metal working. He was always keeping abreast of world, national and local politics and government affairs.
Family summer vacations were usually a month-long road trip throughout the western United States, camping along the way. These special times imparted a love of the outdoors to all of the “kids.”
Bob’s parents purchased 120 acres of land south of the Pistol River in the 1930s. The family would travel to Oregon for their vacation every summer until the outbreak of the war. Those vacations are when Bob developed his love for the southern Oregon coast. That passion was rekindled in the 1960s when he and his family re-opened the old “cabin” for use by his sons, nephews and nieces (with numerous friends of the aforementioned).
Bob and Margaret decided to spend retirement in southern Oregon. They built their home along the Winchuck River and moved there in 1984. Both took well to the move and became involved in maintaining their property, volunteering for the fire department and serving on the Board of Directors of their homeowner’s association. And Bob continued to learn and to create; he was a prodigious reader, and he spent many hours in his workshop creating anything he wished. He and Margaret enjoyed attending and hosting Great Decisions study sessions.
Bob passed away peacefully at home in his sleep on March 11, 2012.
He is survived by his wife Margaret; brother Lamar; and all of his sons, as well as two beautiful, educated granddaughters.
The family asks, in lieu of flowers, donations be made in Bob’s name to the organization of the donor’s choice.
Condolences may be expressed online at www.redwoodmemorial.net.
Submitted by Redwood Memorial Chapel.