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Robert Carroll Stubbs

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Robert Carroll Stubbs June 6, 1927 to July 2, 2012 Robert C. "Bob" Stubbs, a prominent Tucson lawyer and nationally recognized expert in eminent domain law, passed away Monday morning, July 2, 2012, at the age of 85. Bob was born and grew up in Celina, Ohio, with his parents, Carroll Andrew Stubbs and Belva L. Dine Stubbs. Bob later attended the Naval Academy and then the University of Arizona, where he met his college sweetheart and beloved wife of 62 years, Mary Ann (Neff) Stubbs. At the University of Arizona, Bob was Phi Beta Kappa and earned a B.A degree in political science, a master's degree in economics and his law degree, graduating at the top of his class. Following admission to the Arizona Bar in 1953, Bob worked in the offices of the Arizona Attorney General and the Pima County Attorney. Bob entered private practice in 1956 and was an associate and partner in several prominent Tucson law firms. He ultimately formed his own firm, now known as Stubbs & Schubart, P.C., which has been recognized by U.S. News and World Report as among the nation's highest rated eminent domain law firms. Bob was known for his infectious smile, boisterous laugh and his tireless representation of his clients. He was a prolific litigator and handled an extraordinary number of trials and appellate court cases, many of which were heard by the Arizona Supreme Court and shaped the law of eminent domain in Arizona. Bob's impact on Arizona law is reflected by the fact that the legal publication "Eminent Domain in Arizona" is dedicated to him and refers to Bob as "Mr. Condemnation in Arizona." The dedication also accurately observes that Bob gave "the Arizona and national legal community decades of service as a lecturer, teacher, trial lawyer, and innovator in the field of condemnation. His legal skills are surpassed only by his proven dedication to family, community, to the profession and to friends. He stands as a reminder of the work ethic, decency and intellectual rigor we all hope to achieve in the practice of law." In addition to Bob's distinguished legal career, he and Mary Ann were well-known philanthropists and patrons of the arts. They have generously supported numerous Tucson charities, and organizations, including Angel charities and Silver & Turquoise. They have also been loyal donors to several local art organizations, including the Invisible Theatre, the University of Arizona Museum, the Tucson Museum of Art and the University of Arizona Fine Arts Department, including a major contribution to the University's new and modern Dance School building. Bob was enthusiastic in everything he did. His passions included the University of Arizona's basketball team, ice cream, movies, novels, and anything related to American and World history. A devoted family man, Bob is survived by his wife, Mary Ann, his daughter, Michelle Stubbs-Neubeck, and his grandchildren Rachel Neubeck, Robbie Neubeck and Tess Hogan, the daughter of Bob and Mary Ann's deceased and beloved daughter Stephanie Hogan. Bob is also survived by his nephew, Bruce Parker, and niece Carol Parker, the children of his deceased sister, Virginia Lou Parker. A Visitation will be held at EAST LAWN PALMS MORTUARY, 5801 East Grant Road, Tucson, AZ 85712, (520) 885-6741, on July 10, 2012 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Graveside Service will take place on July 11, 2012 at 9:00 a.m. at East Lawn Palms Cemetery. A Celebration of Robert Stubbs' Life will be held in the fall. In lieu of flowers, please make contributions to: Desert Southwest Chapter PO Box 27352 Tucson AZ 85726 Arrangements by EAST LAWN PALMS MORTUARY & CEMETERY

Published in the Arizona Daily Star on July 8, 2012
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