Robert L. Douglass
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July 25, 1921-April 16, 2012
Bob died, seventeen days after his beloved Lois, in the home they shared for 58 of the 68 years they had together. Born in Weiser, Idaho, to Robert and Marguerite Douglass, Bob always felt his life began when he met Lois at the University of Redlands. After he returned from the service in World War II, Bob completed his education, earning his PhD at USC and
forming a life-long love for the USC football team. Bob was a gifted and innovator educator. He began his career by creating the Speech Communications Department at Cal State Los Angeles, and his many contributions to the university were acknowledged when the Speech Clinic was named in his honor. Bob is remembered by his former students as an inspirational mentor and friend who transferred his passion for his profession to them.
When he retired from the university after 35 years, Bob didn't even pause but jumped into volunteering for both Hospice and JPL. He and Lois also travelled extensively and enjoyed camping and hiking in the redwoods. Later, he and Lois developed travel classes for the Braille Institute, and Bob produced an impressive collection of poetry. He also continued to fire off letters to the editor at the LA Times at regular intervals.
Bob is survived by his daughters, Sandra (Victoria) Douglass and Gwen (Andrew) Joseph, grandchildren Courtney Marietta, Kyle Joseph and Seth Coad-Douglass and great-grand-daughter Sarah Marietta. He also leaves his sister and brother-in-law, Jean and Bayard Sleeper, nieces Susan Yamada, Ann Sleeper and Mary Sleeper as well as many cherished friends.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to: "The Robert Douglass Scholarship Fund"
Address to: Dr. Ed Klein,
Robert L Douglass Speech Clinic
Cal State University LA
Dept. of Communications Disorders
King Hall, B-119
5151 State University Dr
Los Angeles, CA 90032
Published in Pasadena Star-News on April 22, 2012