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Richard Roe Obituary
Roe, Richard 03/03/1936 ~ 04/09/2014 SOLANA BEACH, CA -- Dick Roe was one of the most dynamic mayors of the City of Del Mar. In the early 1980s, he was famous for bringing an initiative to the voters to ban smoking in all public places, both inside and out, which brought national attention to the City. Ahead of its time, it is now a cause that many cities have since endorsed. While councilman and mayor, he got Seagrove Park established and brought cable TV service to the city. After his service to Del Mar he ran for California State Assembly, advocated for a bike bridge to Coronado and initiated other ahead of their time causes such as gun show and cigarette sponsorship bans at the fairgrounds. Dick graduated from the University of Michigan in 1958 and had a lifetime career in book publishing. At age 35, he became the youngest editor at Prentiss Hall and later joined Random House. In the early 1970s, he came to Del Mar with CRM to head the Psychology Today book division. Later, he formed Publishers Ink in Solana Beach producing various college level text books. He is survived by his brother David of Chicago, IL, daughter Debbie and grandson Troy of Ann Arbor, MI, and daughter Wesley of Boca Raton, FL. He is also survived by his many friends who remember the gourmet dinner parties, scavenger hunts, softball games and other adventures that he organized regularly. We will all certainly miss his ability to get things done as well as creating fun times for all.
Published in U-T San Diego on Apr. 12, 2014
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