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May 31, 2016

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January 22, 2015
Bob was the most annoying, tenacious, and thorough reporter I ever met. He never gave up looking for answers. He is missed by the rest of Alaska's press corps because he would ask the questions they would never dare to ask.

He covered Alaska politics, and particularly fisheries news and politics, better than anyone else. Alaska's fishing industry has lost a great advocate.
January 3, 2015
Today I learned of Bob's passing. I found his name in the OU alumni in-memorium section and was shocked and saddened.
We reconnected by email in March 2014. I so regret that I didn't try to refresh our friendship sooner. He was a unique and quality individual.
Prayers and my sincerest condolences to his family.
Mariana (from West Tech HS)
December 31, 2014
Bob and I were grade school classmates and lost touch until the past 5 years. We rekindled our friendship from the PJ annual holiday gathering and stayed in touch since. Bob shared much with me and I so admired his career accomplishments. He often invited me to Alaska and unfortunately, did not have the pleasure of vacationing their with him as my personal tour guide. I was trying to reach him recently about our annual get together, when I learned of his passing. i was quite taken back by it and so sorry to learn of his untimely passing. Bob was very witty, sharp minded and take charge kind of person. I was truly enjoying our cultivating our friendship as adults; when I think back to our childhood days. I miss our talks and what a kindred spirit he was. My deepest sorrow to the family... Fondly, Denise Hakal Dempsey
June 7, 2014
As an old friend of Bob's, I was asked if I knew what happened to Bob. (We were classmates from 1962-1974, from junior high through Ohio U graduation, and also visited one another later, with Bob even letting me stay on his sailboat "The Cossack" in Juneau's Aurora Marina. That summer we sailed, boated, hiked on glaciers, touched neon blue icebergs, saw wild Alaskan bears, mt. goats, seals, whales, eagles galore, totem poles, etc. Anyhow ...
Here is my answer: Do I know what happened to Bob last week? No. (Nothing published yet.) But in the last half century? Sort of. He got a great education along with us, and followed his kind, bleeding heart, always true to himself, doing things HIS unique way, and very well. At both John Marshall and Ohio University, he was campus newspaper editor, with an open mind, a wide range of interests (especially revolutionary events of the day, the plight of the underdog, and later ... fish!), perseverance to get to the truth of the matter, and a hard-hitting but smooth style of writing. He worked as a journalist the rest of his life. He also was addicted to adventure travel, yet hated to fly, so he took freighters, trains, buses, whatever, to cross the globe "for stories" (tax deductible). What happened to Bob? He lived his dream, and served others on the way. Well done, Bob. Ya done good. RIP.
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