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Robert Eugene Westlund


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Robert Eugene Westlund Obituary
July 25, 1934 - May 14, 2016 Robert Eugene Westlund, 81, passed away peacefully in Corvallis, OR on May 14, 2016. He was born in Alhambra, CA on July 25 1934 to Lelah and Walter Westlund. He spent his early years attending schools in the Alhambra School District. Then he attended UCSB, where he received his B.S. Degree in 1956 and Master's in 1957. After UCSB, he served as an aviation officer in the US Navy, A gifted communicator, Bob was known to recognize humor in his business dealings, and among his many friends. He was a valued member of the Oregon State University Foundation having served for almost 22 years and was vice president for principal gifts to athletics prior to his retirement in 2013. He was instrumental in the major facility improvements of Reser Stadium, the Valley Football Center, the Merritt-Truax Indoor Center, the Prothro Footballl Complex, and Goss Stadium at Coleman Field. Prior to joining the OSU Foundation, Bob was vice president of W.M. Keck Jr. Foundation in Los Angeles, and as director and vice president of the Keck family's Coalinga Corporation. Bob also served as the development director at the University of Southern California School of Business from 1975-80 and later as executive director for the southern California region 1980-85. Bob was preceded in death by his daughter, Alison Hester, and his son, Ross Lewis Westlund as well as his parents. Bob is survived by his grandchildren Madeline and Toby Hester and his son-in-law, Bryan Hester; his sister, Janice (Bingham) Cherrie and nephews Matthew (Eva) Cherrie and Daniel (Carolyn) Cherrie. He is also survived by his former wife, Wendy Ross and many wonderful cousins, nieces, nephews, family and friends whose lives have been touched by this funny and kind man. Our family is extremely grateful to Jennifer and Dave Milburn and Mike Brantley and Kay Yates for their wonderful friendship and amazing support of Bob in his last year. The OSU Foundation will hold a Celebration of Bob's Life on June 20, 2016 in Corvallis, OR. Gifts in Bob's memory may be made to the Nature Conservancy of Oregon, www.nature.org/oregon.
Published in the Los Angeles Times on June 14, 2016
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