Robert (Bob) Page
1924 - 2013
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Robert Leland (Bob) Page

August 5, 1924 ~ October 26, 2013

Robert leleand (Bob) Page

Professor Emeritus W.O.U.

Robert Leland Page was born to John Allen Page and Nellie Irene Moore Page in Vancouver, WA on Aug 5, 1924. His early years were spent in Onalaska, Washington. The family later moved to nearby Longview, where his dad worked as a lumberjack and Bob received his secondary education. After graduating from Longview High in 1943, Bob enlisted in the Navy. He served as Yeoman 2nd Class on a naval minesweeper in the South Pacific war zone and honed his natural communication skills. Upon discharge in January 1946, he worked for a short time as a printer and became proficient as a pressman. Spurred on by a thirst for knowledge and the veteran's education benefits, he enrolled at the University of Portland, where his love for classical music and opera motivated him to select theater as his major. In 1960, with MFA in hand, he became the one and only male instructor at Holy Names College, a women's college in Spokane, Washington. A year later he married Geri Christie Kendall and became an instant father to her teen-age daughter, Gayle, and pre-teen son Robert, both of whom he later adopted. On April 27, 1962, John Patrick Page made his debut and was joined by brother, Michael Murray Page, on December 5, 1963. Bob, Rob and Patrick spent the summers of 1964 and 1965 in Ashland Oregon where Bob was member of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival cast, and Patrick attended rehearsals hanging on Bob's shirt tails. In 1965 the family moved off-campus into a home of their own in nearby Cheney, Washington. The opportunity to earn a doctorate prompted a move to Eugene, Oregon in the fall of 1968, and by spring of 1970, his residency requirement having been met, an intensive job hunt brought him Oregon College of Education (now Western Oregon University) in Monmouth, Oregon. The job was his, and he never stopped loving it! His communication skills were utilized to the utmost in teaching speech; many students learned to share his love for the theater; elementary school students were given the opportunity to experience theater because his dedication led him to apply for and receive a grant for a college-sponsored touring children's theater, which he called the Apple Box Theater and which he resurrected for a period of two years after his retirement in 1998 at the age of 74. During those 28 years, he directed more than 75 shows, 29 of which were children's theater main musicals; 14 Broadway musicals. He performed as Scrooge in "A Christmas Carol" at OCE/WOU every fall season for several years. He did Theater for the Deaf; served as advisor to countless students; did make-up for all shows; video-taped hundreds of shows and kept a vast library of these tapes. In the course of his career, he received numerous honors, which he outwardly dismissed as meaningless, until old age and infirmity set in and he humbled himself to admit how much he valued them. He played the accordion; sang folk songs; embraced technology of any kind; loved to walk, even in the rain; was quick to admonish poor diction but failed to commend good diction; he'd take a man-sized cookie over pecan pie any day; what "hobbies' he had were all drama-related. But all-in-all, he was a true artist. In many ways, he was a loner, but at the same time he was a fine teacher. He will be sorely missed. Bob was the last Page of his birth family, predeceased by his father, mother, three brothers, one sister and daughter, Gayle. He is survived by his wife Geri, three sons, 10 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. A private service with military honors will be held at RestLawn Funeral Home 201 Oak Grove Rd., NW Salem Oregon. Memorial service to be later. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to VFW, 406 W 34th St., Kansas City, MO 64111




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Published in The Statesman Journal on Oct. 31, 2013.
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November 26, 2013
Geri, I am so sorry to hear of Bob's passing. I just happened on it logging on to Patrick's facebook page. I hadn't gone there in several months but did so last night. God must have sent me there to find out about it. Patrick had posted a wonderful picture of his Dad. You are in my prayers. We didn't get together as often as we should but your family is always in my thought. Love your cousin Diane
November 6, 2013
Jeri and family, I'm so sorry to hear of your loss just last night. I was so fortunate to have been able to attend a number of plays Bob directed and played in over the years and was blessed to enjoy the fruits of his talents. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
Jo Dee Bernal
November 5, 2013
Bob was a dear friend to me when I started U of Portland at 17. we lived together a summer a couple of years later, did a lot of theater together, listened to much music (we loved the "folk music" -- Belafonte, etc.). he was my big brother for about three years; I being about10 years younger. his favorite dish was hot dogs and lima beans, which we ate a lot, and
drank a bit of wine as well. I'm still directing plays as he did. we met only once late on, but every moment is eternal, and Bob is with me ever.
Edward van Aelstyn
November 3, 2013
I'm saddened to learn about Bob's passing. I didn't know Bob well, but enjoyed his company during the few times we met. My condolences to Geri and family.
Max Suko
November 3, 2013
This is very beautiful, Mom. Thank you for writing something that reads not only as an obituary, but also like a tribute.
Paige
November 2, 2013
How do I say thank you to my mentor for showing me the way to directing. Probably the most important lesson that I learned from Bob was the fact that I had so much more to learn. When one thinks they have all the answers, then it's time to stop. Thank you both to Geri and Bob for the gift of learning. Love you both. Thinking of you all....Faye, Greg and Kristy Trupka.
Faye Trupka
November 2, 2013
Bob and Geri have been more than just in-laws, but more like a real mother and father to me.

Love you, Dad. Hope to see you on the other side one day.
Mary Page
November 1, 2013
Please accept my condolences. I enjoyed having an office on the same wing of Rice Auditorium with Bob in 1996-97. He was a lively and engaging colleague and I will remember his ready smile.
Susan McFadden
November 1, 2013
Please accept our condolences on the loss of your dad.
Joel & Eileen Steinberg
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