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Bob Kirkpatrick


1929 - 2017 Obituary Condolences
Bob Kirkpatrick Obituary
BOB KIRKPATRICK, February 11, 1929 to November 16, 2017 Bob was born in Fort Bragg in 1929 and he grew up in Healdsburg ~ "the buckle of the prune belt." His confidence, creativity and communicability opened doors for him as he made his way from the US Navy to Cal Berkeley and on to Stanford for his doctorate. Bob was selected for his first School Superintendency in Los Banos at age 32 ~ becoming the youngest Superintendent in California. There he established Title 9 and Desegregation. Bob came to Willits in 1981 to lead the Willits Unified School District. In 1990, Bob was elected Mendocino County Superintendent of Schools. After a storied career in administration, he had a second vocation as a Mendocino College professor teaching Raku ceramics in Ukiah for 13 years. Bob died at home on November 16. Bob's wife Kathleen, his children Rob (Ruth) and Kathy (Paul), his brother Don and sister Betty, and his grandchildren Sean and Mackenzie will miss him forever.
Published in Ukiah Daily Journal on Nov. 26, 2017
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