Robert P. GREINER

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GREINER, Robert P. 7/4/30 - 10/16/13 "What is life? It's the flash of a firefly in the night. It is the breath of a buffalo in the wintertime. It is the little shadow which runs across the grass and loses itself in the sunset." --Crawfoot, native American warrior. Bob cast a big shadow over his many friends. Bob would say that his friends were his family. His incomparable wisdom and flawless logic were of comfort to his friends. Bob always had a good word for someone and was interesting to talk to and fun to be with. Although modest in person, Bob was very accomplished in his professional life. A native of Herkimer, NY, he attended the University of Rochester and received his B.A. in 1951. This was just the beginning of a life devoted to learning and giving. Bob then went on to receive advanced degrees from Syracuse University (1958) in Business Administration and University of California Law School (1965). Here he met his life-long devoted friend Alice. He served our country in the U.S. Air Force. Bob's many notable achievements include admission to practice in the CA Supreme Court, and licensed as a CPA, named in Who's Who in the California Historical Society, the Academy of Political Science in New York State, Who's Who in American Law, and establishing the Guide Dogs for the Blind Boosters Organization in Southern CA. Bob had a rewarding career working as a Public Defender for LA County. He studied Spanish so he could communicate with his Spanish clients more effectively. He also continued his interest in real estate and obtained a Real Estate Broker's license. Bob retired to Sonoma County in the 80's and continued his interest in learning by attending classes at the Santa Rosa Junior College, Osher Life Long Learning Center, and an active board member of the World Affairs Council. A lifelong interest in History and Political Science initiated several trips to Europe and Bob wrote a book devoted to European history. Bob's Catholicism gave him a moral grounding and played an important part in his spiritual life. He was an active participant in the Catholic Dignity Group. Thanks are given for his final hours of care, to St. Joseph Health, Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital, Sutter Health Home Hospice, and his many friends. A memorial service will be held at St. Sebastian's Catholic Church, 7983 Covert Lane, Sebastopol, on Sunday October 20th at 4:30 p.m., followed by a time of reminiscing at Bob's home.
Published Online in the Press Democrat from Oct. 19 to Oct. 20, 2013