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Robbins "Bob" King passed away on October 6, 2009 in Chico, CA. Bob was born April 23, 1922 in San Diego, CA to Alfred T. and Jean Robbins King.

He was raised in Cupertino, California where his family had an apricot and cherry orchard. After graduating from Fremont High School, he briefly attended San Jose State College, then enlisted in the Army Air Corps during World War II. He earned the rank of First Lieutenant and served as a B17 pilot, flying missions out of Foggia, Italy. He was awarded The Distinguished Flying Cross for his service.

After the war, following in his father's footsteps, he attended Stanford University where he earned his Bachelor's Degree and a PhD in Biological Sciences. While at Stanford he met and married Mary Helena Hise who was also a student there.

After completing his PhD he did post doctorate research for two years at the Hopkins Marine Station in Monterey, California. Then, replacing professors on sabbatical leaves, he taught at Stanford and for one year at Wabash College in Crawfordsville, Indiana. The family moved to Chico in 1956 where Bob took a position as a professor of Biology at Chico State where he taught for 30 years before retiring.

He loved the outdoors and his hobbies reflect this. He especially loved hunting, fishing, photography, and bird watching. Wonderful times were spent camping and houseboating with family and friends at Shasta Lake. For many years the family went to Canada on fishing trips and especially loved Quadra Island, British Columbia, where they fished for salmon and cod, gathered oysters and clams, and explored the province in their boat and RV. He also belonged to the local Altacal Chapter of the Audubon Society and many bird watching trips were taken to Grey Lodge Wildlife Refuge, Malheur Wildlife Refuge in Oregon, and all of the southern states including the Gulf Coast. He was very involved with The Nature Conservancy and volunteered for several years as a docent at the Vina Plains Conservancy north of Chico.

He is survived by his wife, Mary, and his four children, Robin Sigel of Chico, her children, Jesse, Leah Sigel Ollivier, Brett, and Stephen King, of Chico; and his daughters, Raina and Jamie; Stuart King of Chico, and his children, Kenneth, Teresa, Christopher, and Tristan. Also, Barbara MacIntyre of Oakley, California, and her daughters, Morgan, Jessica, and Sierra. There are two great-granddaughters, daughters of Kenneth King, Lorielle and Mary-Claire.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Altacal Audubon society; Altacal Audubon Society, P. O. Box 3671, Chico, CA 95927.

Published in Chico Enterprise-Record on Oct. 15, 2009
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