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Robert M. Graham


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Robert M. Graham Obituary
May 20, 1924 - July 16, 2015 Graham, Robert M., DDS May 20, 1924- July 16, 2015 Bob Graham passed away peacefully on July 16, at the age of 91, in Newport Beach. Bob was born in Los Angeles and attended Manual Arts High School, graduating in 1942. He attended the Univ. of Southern California and while there he was the Captain of the Trojan Basketball team, was a member of the Kappa Alpha fraternity, a member of Scull & Dagger Honors Society, and a member or the Naval R.O.T.C. He joined the Navy as an Ensign. The Navy recognized Bob's talents immediately, and put him to work as "welfare and recreation officer" in Guam at the tail end of WWll. Later, as a member of the Naval Reserve, Bob was promoted to Lieutenant and was an officer with the organized submarine division. After the war ended, Bob returned to USC for dental school, graduating in 1951, and remained a lifelong Trojan fan. He practiced dentistry, or as he liked to call it "battling the dreaded scourge of dental disease," in Whittier for the next 45 years. In 1948, Bob married Mary Graham and had 3 daughters, Coralea, Carolyn and Claudia. He married for a second time to Colleen Graham and her 2 children, Leigh and Todd, were embraced as part of the family. They lived in Newport Beach where they raised their son and enjoyed an active social life and years of tennis at the former John Wayne Tennis club. Some years after Colleen's passing, Bob married Connie Amende, who preceded him in death. Bob was infused with a sense of humor and athleticism. He enjoyed boating on "The Big Mutha," camping at Catalina with the gang, SCUBA diving and body surfing well into his 70's. Despite advancing age, Bob was an active member of The Newport Beach Athletic Club and enjoyed his many friends there. He was both a man's man and a lady's man. Dr. Bob will be remembered as a man who lived life to the fullest. He is survived by his 3 daughters, 1 son and 2 grandchildren. Funeral services will be private, and a Celebration of Life is planned for the near future. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation at 5665 Oberlin Drive #106, San Diego, CA 92121.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from July 18 to July 21, 2015
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