DR. ROBERT JOHN JUSTER 1927 - 2012 Robert John Juster, Ph.D, age 85 of Auburn, was born in London, England on August 17, 1927 and went to be with the Lord from his home on October 24, 2012. He was a member of Holy Trinity Episcopal Church having served on the Vestry and was a lay-reader for many years. Dr. Juster was the highly-respected retired City Planner for the City of Auburn, having served in that role from 1990 to 1996, and again from 2002 until 2005. He also served as a member of the Auburn Planning Commission and the Lee County Planning Commission. Bob was a native of London, England, where he lived during the bombing of that city during World War II. He served in the British Royal Army in Germany from 1946 to 1948. He immigrated to the United States in 1954, and became an American citizen in 1959. Prior to leaving England, Bob earned an undergraduate degree in architecture and graduate degree in regional planning. While in England, Dr. Juster served in professional planning positions both in Essex and in London. He continued his education in the United States earning a Master of Public Administration from Harvard University, a Master of Business Administration from Samford University, a Master of Arts from Vanderbilt University, and a Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University. While at Harvard, Dr. Juster was awarded the prestigious Littauer Fellowship. Bob was honored both nationally and in Alabama as a leading expert in city planning based on his teaching, writing, and practice. He was a Life Member of the American Planning Association, and one of the first 44 planners chosen nationally to be a fellow of the American Institute of Certified Planners. Dr. Juster was also an Associate of the Royal Institute of British Architects and the Town Planning Institute for the City of London, England. Dr. Juster's professional experience included positions as consultant with two prominent planning firms, Director of Planning for the Chattanooga-Hamilton County Planning Commission, and Planning Director for the City of Mobile. He was also the first director of the Birmingham Regional Planning Commission, and he served as the Director of Research for the Center for Urban Affairs at the University of Alabama-Birmingham (UAB). While serving at UAB, Dr. Juster taught in the Department of Urban Affairs. He also served as Professor of Urban and Regional Planning and Professor of Political Science at the University of Mississippi from 1979 to 1986. From 1990 through 2002, Bob was a visiting professor in the Graduate Program in Community Planning at Auburn University. Throughout Bob's career, he aligned the practice of city planning with the academic study of the field. He published numerous articles in professional and academic books and journals. Among his other publications, Dr. Juster authored Municipal Planning in Alabama: A Manual for Members of Planning Commissions and Boards of Adjustments. He was the principal instructor in the certification programs for local planning officials offered by the Alabama Planning Institute from 1987 until his retirement. In this role, he taught most of the city planners and planning commission members who served in Alabama cities and counties over a 25-year period. In addition to his teaching and practice in city planning, Bob was also an arbitrator and mediator. He was certified by the National Panel of Consumer Arbitrators of the Better Business Bureau and for many years volunteered as a mediator in the Lee County Judicial Volunteer Program, a program established to mediate cases under litigation in the district and circuit courts. Bob was recognized as Mediator of the Year by the Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court. While those who worked with him or were taught by him had admiration and respect for him, they did not know that this humble man also was an accomplished poet, pianist, and artist. He composed orchestral music, and created crossword puzzles for a newspaper in London. Dr. Juster was exceptionally well-read in numerous areas, and his quick wit was well-known to his friends, his students, and his co-workers. Bob's lifetime of accomplishments and interests were vast but none were as great as his genuine interest and love for his family. Whether discussing music or medicine, fishing or hunting, sports or politics, traveling or books, cooking or technology, Bob showed a genuine interest in each family member's life. He did not just make conversation. In between visits with a family member, he would gather additional information on one's hobby or life activities in order to personally share in each of our lives. His gracious welcome of children, grandchildren, friends of grandchildren and dogs into his home and life demonstrated Bob's selfless nature and kind heart. As our own lives go on, each of us will remember our times with Bob with a warm heart and as we recall his soft chuckle, we will smile in our heart forever more. A memorial service will be held on Friday, November 2, 2012 at 4:00 p.m. at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Auburn, with the Reverends John Fritchner and Thomas Joiner officiating. Private interment will be held prior to the service. Bob Juster leaves behind his loving and devoted wife, Karen Ann Juster; his children, Robert C. Juster, Ann C. (Landon) Jenson, Greg (Lisa) Kiteley and Kathy (Paul) Fox; and his grandchildren, Brooke Sprowes, Mathew Jenson, Caroline Kiteley, Trent Kiteley, Allison Kiteley, Clay Kiteley, Langdon King, Caleb King, Melanie Fox and Garrett Fox. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Auburn Public Library, 749 East Thach Avenue, Auburn, Alabama, 36830 or to Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, 100-A Church Drive, Auburn, Alabama, 36830. Fredericks Funeral Home is directing. www.fredericksfh.com Since 1900

Published by The Opelika-Auburn News from Oct. 25 to Oct. 31, 2012.
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Diane Woods-Towry
May 30, 2020
One of the nicest most knowledgeable teachers I ever had and a nice person.
Jim Scott
October 21, 2019
Bob is truly one of the giants of planning in Alabama; a true gentleman, who continued to contribute in so many ways. Bob's obituary was a beautiful way to share with all of us his wonderful contributions. Bob you are missed but will never be forgotten.
Connie B. Cooper, FAICP
November 15, 2012
I was extremely sad to learn of Dr. Bob Juster's death. It was my privilige to work with Bob while employed at the Birmingham Regional Planning Commission andh he was my faculty adviser for my thesis for my Masters Degree at UAB in 1978 and a close friend. He will be missed.
Jim Scot
November 8, 2012
I just learned of the death of Dr. Robert Juster and it was a shock to me. I wish to take this opportunity to express my sincere condolences to family members. I came to Alabama from Delaware having being appointed by the Mayor of Birmingham and other members of the Executive Committee to the position of Executive Director of the Birmingham Regional Planning Commission, where Dr. Juster had previously served as Executive Director. It was during this period that I became acquainted with Dr. Juster and we shared many times together and kept in contact with one another sharing various experiences. He was a credit to the planning professional and will be missed.

Paul G. Dentiste, AICP, FIBA
Urban Planning Consultant, Tulsa, Ok
November 8, 2012
I was very sad to hear of Dr. Juster's passing. Although I did not know him on a personal basis, I used his services for clients through the Lee County Volunteer Mediator program. He had a refreshing attitude and was always positive that any dispute could have a reasonable resolution. His wit and wisdom combined to assist the attorneys in guiding their clients to a realization that stressful situations could be handled with minimal animosity to their benefit. He will be truly missed.
Margaret Young Brown
November 1, 2012
There are many families and individuals who have better lives because Bob helped mediate their disputes here in Lee County.
Mike Fellows
November 1, 2012
Karen - I am so glad I had the opportunity to know and work with Dr. Juster. He was full of life and knowledge. He was such an asset to the City of Auburn. I am thankful I had the opportunity to learn from him.

May you be comforted during your loss.
Jerry L. Jackson
October 31, 2012
My Dear friend Karen and Family,
Know that my heart goes out to you during your loss of a
wonderful person walking with you in life. May you be comforted with the peace that God can only give.
With love and care,
Mary Griessman
Mary Griessman
October 31, 2012
Dr. Bob was such a wonderful mentor, teacher and friend. We will grieve his absence forever. With love and many happy memories, Gary & Katrina (Whelchel) Ford
October 31, 2012
Karen--Bob has left a legacy in city planning--and more--in Alabama that will be with us for generations. Thanks for sharing him with us. Bill Matthews (UNA)
October 31, 2012
Karen - you and the family are in our prayers. We will continue to pray for you and the family that God will give you strength and peace during this difficult time. Love you, Debra Cobb and Family.
October 25, 2012
So saddened to hear about Bob's death. Thinking about you and praying for you and your family during this time.
Wanda Dixon
October 25, 2012
Will miss you, Bob. Deepest sympathy to Karen.
Norman Caldwell
October 25, 2012
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