Dr. Robert L. Tappan, 89, passed away on March 7, 2013. He was preceded in death by his parents, Dr. John W. Tappan and Marion Weil Tappan; his siblings, John Elliot Tappan, Marion Tappan Rice, and David W. Tappan; his nephew, John Tappan Rice. He is survived by his sister-in-law Clarice Sherwood Tappan; nephew, Kenneth L. Rice, Jr; nieces, Claire Tappan Lewis, Sharon Tappan Azar, Johnnel Tappan Smith (Sammy), and Margaret Rice Johnson; three generations of nieces and nephews, and his beloved dog, KoKo. Dr. Tappan, or Uncle Bob as he was fondly known by those who loved him, was born on December 5, 1923 in El Paso, Texas. At age two, his family moved to Fort Stanton, where his father was Commanding Officer at the Fort Stanton Tuberculosis Center. When he was six years old, the family moved to Point Loma, California and lived at the U.S. Quarantine Station until returning to El Paso three years later. He attended Lamar Grammar School and El Paso High School, graduating in 1940. He attended the Texas College of Mines until he enlisted in the Army
Air Corp, serving 18 months in the U.S. and 18 months in the Caribbean where Nazi subs were operating. In 1946, after finishing his tour of duty, he resumed his education at College of Mines. In 1954, he received his PHD in Foreign Languages from Tulane
University, and in the summer of 1964, he studied in France under a Fulbright Scholarship. He taught at UTEP from 1954-1982 until taking early retirement at the age of 58. He loved to travel the world and was a celebrated thespian. He had many friends in Ruidoso, NM where he had a cabin and many wonderful times for 45 years. He had a great love for animals and was a supporter of many charitable organizations. He was a member of the Episcopal Church and loved to entertain his many friends and family members. The family would like to thank Dr. Branch Craige and his family for the continued care of our uncle over his lifetime. We also wish to thank his devoted caregivers, Blanca and Juanita, as well as Hospice of El Paso. At Uncle Bob's request, there will be no funeral. A private celebration of his life was held Saturday, March 16th. Memorial contributions may be made to Uncle Bob's favorite charities: Animal Rescue League of El Paso, El Paso Humane Society, and Humane Society of Ruidoso.