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Robert "Bob" Stoolman Julian, 80, long-time resident of Winnetka, IL, died on Thursday, November 23, 2017, at home, surrounded by his daughters and wife, Marj. Bob lived large. Retiring the after his first bout with Leukemia in 1990, he and Marj embarked on extensive travels and adventures. Even when prostate cancer followed, he never lost hope. He negotiated at least an extra 27 years of life through self-advocacy with every doctor he met, and every hospital's door he graced. Regarded as a "hero" for cancer survivors, Bob helped many suffering with the disease to explore beyond their front door to find hope and, if not a cure, hopefully remission. More affectionately, his family nicknamed him "the human cockroach" for seemingly being able to survive anything. No matter the odds, it was a good idea to bet on Bob until the very end. Bob was an amazing adventure-seeker. The man embraced new experiences, culture and food alike; gastronomically speaking, there wasn't much he missed. Bob was a successful entrepreneur, sailor, golfer, a lover of jazz, a beloved friend, a cherished husband, father, uncle, and grandfather. Aside from the love of his family, Bob was most proud of his work with the Salvation Army, and his companies - which financed much of the commercial real estate we know in Chicago today. He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Marjorie; his daughters, Carolyn (Carrie), Virginia (Ginny), Roberta (Robin); their respective husbands, Stephen, Matthew, and David; and grandchildren, Jonathon, Nicholas, Alexander, Benjamin, Sophia, Christian, Luke, and Lily. Services will be held at four o'clock in the afternoon on January 6, 2018, at Christ Church, 784 Sheridan Road, Winnetka, IL. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to JourneyCare or The Salvation Army. Bob would like it known that he passed on his brother Dave's birthday. So, Bob wins again. Sibling rivalry runs strong in their family. But really, they're probably sharing a piece of (or whole) cake in heaven together. Info: 847 675-1990 or www.donnellanfuneral.com.
Published in a Chicago Tribune Media Group Publication on Jan. 3, 2018
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