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Robert Dean Upp


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Robert Dean Upp Obituary
February 6, 1916 - March 13, 2015 Brigadier General Robert ("Bob") Dean Upp died on March 13, 2015 of cardiac arrest at his home in Solana Beach, California. General Upp was born in Allerton, Illinois on February 6, 1916. He graduated from the University of Illinois in 1937 with a BA degree in Journalism, and was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant of Infantry in the Army following completion of ROTC training. He was hired by the W. T. Grant Store chain in 1938 to work in their Huntington Park, California, store. In 1939, Grant's transferred him to Waco, Texas. Later, while on Army maneuvers with the 36th Division he was promoted to 1st Lieutenant. The group he was assigned to included Lieutenant Colonels Eisenhower, Bradley, and Patton. In July 1939 he married an Illini classmate, Margaret Thiel. They had two children, Dolores Dean (Dee -1940) and Robert Rexford (Rex - 1942). In June 1941, he was called to active duty and promoted to Captain as an Infantry Company Commander. His first combat action was in the Aleutian Islands in 1943-1944. He then was transferred to the 65th Infantry Division that departed New York City on New Years Day, 1945, as a spearhead of General Patton's Third Army across France. Third Army was part of the 15th Corps under General Bradley, in the European army under General Eisenhower. Captain Upp was a front line soldier in France, Germany, and Austria until the end of the war in Europe. Captain Upp requested to be relieved from duty so that he could go back to school under the GI Bill. His request was granted and he enrolled at the University of Southern California where he received degrees of Juris Doctor in Law, an MS in Social Science, and an MA in Education. He passed the California Bar Exam in 1948 and began a law practice with his partner, Neil N. Werb. In June 1951, he was recalled to active duty as a Major for the Korean conflict. His wife, Margaret, said that one war was all that she could handle and they had an amicable divorce. He was assigned to Korea as a War Crimes Investigator and Historian, writing the white paper that went to Congress and the United Nations. After he was again relieved from active duty, he resumed his practice of law. He also taught business law, civics, and American history as a Law Professor at Los Angeles City College. While there, he co-authored a college text in Business Law, which was published by West Publishing Company, through five editions, over a period of thirty years. After Korea, Major Upp remained in the active Army Reserves, transferring from Infantry to The Judge Advocate General's (JAG) Corp. He was the JAG of the 63rd Infantry Division, USAR, and promoted to Lt. Colonel. He was next assigned as the Deputy Commandant of the JAG School at the University of Virginia and promoted to Colonel. His last reserve assignment was as Special Assistant to the Army's Judge Advocate General, where he was promoted to Brigadier General, at which rank he retired in 1976. He was active in Military Associations, particularly The Reserve Officers Association of the U.S. He was the ROA California State President in 1960 and the National President in 1972-73. He was a lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars; the American Legion; the Military Officers Association of America; the Military Order of the World Wars; the ; the 65th Division Association; the 63rd Division Association; and a long-time member of the British Officers' Mess of San Diego. He was also a life member of the University of Illinois Alumni Association; the University of Southern California Alumni Association; and Mensa. He was awarded the Legion of Merit; the Bronze Star with "V" for combat and an Oak Leaf Cluster; the Combat Infantry Badge; The Meritorious Service Medal; The Army Commendation Medal; the Korean Commendation Award; and twelve service medals. General Upp was also a world traveler. He was a gold card member of the Century Travel Club, having visited 215 locations on their list. As a railroad buff, he traveled by train across Russia, South Africa, Australia, India, China, and throughout Europe. General Upp married Jane McIntosh Dinneen on 26 December 1953. She predeceased him in 2008. General Upp is survived by his daughter, Dolores Dean Upp Boutin and son-in-law, Fred Boutin, of Tuolumne City; and his son Robert Rexford Upp and daughter-in-law, Linda Gianella Upp, of San Jose. He leaves four grandchildren: Becky McDill of Salinas; Anton Boutin of Pine Mountain; Ryan Upp of Pasadena; and Staci Binns of Campbell; in addition to four great-granddaughters (and one great-grandson on the way). Cremation has been performed, and General Upp and his beloved wife Jane will be interred together at the Miramar National Cemetery in San Diego with full Military Honors on Monday, August 10, PROMPTLY at 11:00 am, followed by a Celebration of Their Lives at the nearby Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Miramar Officer's Club. The MCAS is a restricted military base, so if you plan to attend the Celebration of Their Lives, you must reply with your names so you will be admitted. Please reply by e-mail no later than August 5 to [email protected] The family suggests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Salvation Army (his favorite charity), or to your own favorite charity, in memory of General Bob Upp.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from July 8 to July 12, 2015
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