Robert Shumway

Robert "Bob" Bruce Shumway

Robert (Bob) Bruce Shumway passed away at his home on November 2, 2012. Bob was born in Bellflower on August 2, 1930. He graduated from Excelsior High School and served in the United States Army during the Korean conflict from 1951 to 1953. Bob's love for photography started at a young age, his goal was always to be a staff photographer for the Press Telegram. His first photography job was for the Albuquerque Journal in New Mexico in 1954, he then got the job he always wanted at the Press Telegram in Long Beach, California. He was their staff photographer from 1956 to 1977. During that time he photographed such stories as the Kirske murder trial, Sharon Tate murder and trial, Watts Riots in 1964. He also covered the Miss Universe Pageant and photographed every President from Dwight Eisenhower to Gerald Ford, including John Kennedy, Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan. Among the celebrities he photographed were Red Skelton, Bob Hope, Dean Martin, Lucille Ball, Mickey Rooney, Desi Arnez, Adalai Stevenson, Estes Kejauver Bobby Kennedy, Jack Lemon, Marlon Brando and Elvis Presley. Bob's was very active with the Kiwanis Club in Long Beach beginning in 1984. His volunteer efforts included founding the Jesse Roberts Scholarship Fund for the Kiwanis Club, which funded a number of children's charities. He was the official Kiwanis photographer and recorded such events as The Belmont Shore Christmas Parade Kiwanis floats, the annual Kiwanis Golf Classic and the Kiwanis High School Scholarship. He was active in refurbishing the Boy Scout Lodges at Camp Tahquitz. He was also a board member of the Disabled Resources and a Boy Scout committee chairman. He is survived by his wife, Mary Ellis Carlton of 35 years; his brother, Don Shumway and sister, Dorothy Shumway. He has 3 daughters, Ellen Fortune, Carole Ann Shumway and Julie Molden from his first marriage (Tina Shumway). He was loved by his 6 grandchildren, Kim, Erica, Sean, Tina, Madeline and Ryan. In lieu of flowers or cards Bob would have requested for a donation to be made to the Kiwanis Club of Long Beach in his honor at 4500 E. PCH, #300 90804, (562) 494-1121. Bob was laid to rest at the Riverside National Cemetery. Bob had requested no funeral or service. Bob will be missed by his family and friends. May he rest in peace. Please sign the guest book at

Published in the Long Beach Press-Telegram on Nov. 14, 2012