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GOTSCHALL, Robert Robert E. "Bob" Gotschall, 69, of Decatur died Saturday, June 30, 2012. Born on June 23, 1943, in Bloomington, Illinois to Gerald Edward and Laura Jane Auld Gotschall, Bob attended McDonough High in New Orleans, LA and Covington High in Covington, LA. He attended Southwestern at Memphis and LSU, earning a BS and MS in Physics, and pursued a doctorate at UGA. Bob worked for DSI in Houston, TX as a seismic processor and at Tracor in Austin, TX as a defense electronics engineer. In later life he joined the Peace Corps and taught college and high school math and physics in the Republic of Kiribati. After his retirement he lived in Conroe, TX and Decatur, GA. Above all a devoted father, Bob enjoyed pets, reading, sailing, golf, and family gatherings. Bob is survived by his wife, Teboota Tabaa, and ex-wife, Isobel Hibbs; daughters Summer, Sarah and her husband Hany Soliman, and Ioanna "Io"; a grandchild, Leeby; and siblings David and wife Kay Pennington, Ann and husband Edward Sharp, and Glenn and wife Ann Bulman. Bob leaves loved ones in LA, NE, TX, GA, and Kiribati. His daughter Etita predeceased him in 2009. Memorial services will be planned. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the medical mission Amigos de Texas, Inc. c/o David Dunn, 5107 Aspen St., Bellaire, TX 77401. Bob's family thanks Emory University Hospital's ICU and CCU for their care and compassion.
Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on July 6, 2012