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Robert Henry Clough September 14, 1917 - August 2, 2010 Resident of Alamo Bob Clough passed away peacefully at his home on Monday, August 2, 2010. He was born in Omak, Wa., the second son of Eugene and Louise Clough. Bob attended Northwestern Medical School, where he met his future wife, Nancy Phair in Chem Lab. He was later forced to adandon his pursuit of a career in medicine due to a back injury. Bob continued his studies at the University of Washington, receiving a BA in 1940. He and Nancy married soon after. In 1946 Bob and Nancy relocated to the Bay Area where the climate was kinder to Nancy's heart condition. Nancy's grandfather, Frederick Phair, a builder in Spokane, Wa., taught her to read blueprints as a young girl. Bob was strong and capable. In spite of his back injury, and without previous experience, merely blueprints, tools, cement and sheer determination, they built their dream home in Alamo. Together they attended Mills College's Ceramic Research Program, becoming master potters. In 1950, Bob became a real estate broker with Highland Realty in Walnut Creek. His keen business sense helped him play a significant role in the development of Contra Costa County. Bob returned to school and completed his post-graduate studies in business and finance at UC Berkeley, subsequently becoming a senior real estate appraiser and investment broker. Much of his time was devoted to community organizations. Among them, were many years spent reading to the blind as a volunteer and later as President of the Mt. Diablo Transcribers. He also served as a counselor for the Contra Costa Crisis and Suicide Intervention Center, and as an AID's counselor at John Muir Hospital. Of all of his professional and personal accomplishments, volunteering brought him the most satisfaction. In 1975, Bob and Madeline Park met at a grief counseling seminar, after which he introduced her to his wife. They bonded and were dearest friends until Nancy's death in 1985. Soon after, Madeline became the special person in Bob's life and they shared 25 years beautiful years together. Bob Clough was truly a Renaissance Man; a gifted artist and musician, loving jazz which he played so well on his beautiful Bosendorfer piano. In 2007, Caring Hands and Pastoral Care at John Muir Medical Center created the 'Clough Music Concert Series', which brings Bob's love of music as healing therapy to patients, families and Walnut Creek Campus staff, through a series of concerts held at the Medical Center. Bob enjoyed fine wine and good food in the company of his extended group of friends. He had a great sense of humor, enjoyed mystery novels, and had a special place in his heart for all animals. Bob is survived by Madeline and her family, his sister Jeanne Hummel of Bremerton Wa., brother George Clough of Spokane, Wa. and their families. We love you Bob. You will be missed by many whose hearts you have touched. A Celebration of Life is planned for family members. Our thanks to John Muir Medical Center for Bob's excellent care; also for the loving support provided by the Pastoral Care team, especially its director, Rev. Dwane Michael and Fr. Carl Gracely and to Hospice of the East Bay.
Published in Contra Costa Times on Aug. 9, 2010
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