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Robert M. Content (Bob)

Robert M. Content (Bob), longtime Hermosa Beach resident, died peacefully in his sleep on Sunday, June 24. Eighty-nine years young, Bob was well-known for his patriotism, his passion for teaching, mentoring and mediation, his sense of humor, and the moniker B. Content. Bob was born in Los Angeles on June 1, 1923. He attended Fairfax High School where he earned accolades as a track star. During World War II, he enlisted in the Navy and served as a fighter pilot, flying off aircraft carriers. After the war, Bob maintained his active reserve status for 25 years, amplifying his dedication to country and service. Upon his return to civilian life, he attended UCLA where he graduated with a degree in political science. At UCLA, he also met and married fellow student Sara Martha Hays. After graduation, the couple lived in Albuquerque, NM and Denver, CO where Bob was an FBI agent. Upon leaving the agency, Bob became an educator in the Los Angeles Unified School District, teaching 1st to 6th grades and leading programs for the gifted and talented. While working in LAUSD, he received his M.S. in education from USC. He also combined his interests in American History and patriotism by developing a special CBS television documentary series entitled "For Which We Stand', which featured 6th grade students meeting important political figures and visiting government agencies, monuments, and historic sites. Bob and Sara, who was also an educator in the South Bay community, had three children and worked together in the summers as owners and operators of Be-Con Day Camp. During retirement, Bob maintained an active schedule. He obtained a Ph.D. in education administration from Columbia Pacific University, received credentials in mediation and conflict management and traveled the world teaching English and promoting peace. As a longtime member of the Hermosa Beach Rotary and supporter of the Hermosa Beach City School District, Bob developed several programs fostering community service, such as "Kids Helping Kids". Until his 88th year, Bob could be seen, most mornings, riding his bicycle on the Strand or working out at Gold's Gym. Bob is survived by his three children, Michele Content Brown (Shelley), Robert H. Content (Bob), Laurie Anne Content, and their mother, Sara Hays Content, his former wife, Stephanie Cole Content, his four grandchildren, Ryan and Alexandra Brown and Gavin and Connor Ross and an extended family of loving and caring friends. In memory of Bob Content, donations may be made to the Hermosa Beach Rotary or the Hermosa Beach Education Foundation. Please sign the guestbook
at www.dailybreeze.com/obits.
Published in Daily Breeze on July 4, 2012
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