Dr. Robert S. Tuttle, DDS
Dr. Robert S. Tuttle, DDS, died on November 12, 2021 at his home in Oakmont, Santa Rosa, California at the age of 98. His life was devoted to Santa Rosa, his family and friends and to his profession as a dentist. Born February 20, 1923, his parents were life-long Santa Rosans, Ovid S. Tuttle, also a dentist, and Ruth Dickinson Tuttle, whose family was connected to William Hood who gave his name to Hood Mountain.
Robert Tuttle attended Santa Rosa public schools and in 1945 received his dental degree from University of California Dental School. After serving two years as a Naval Dental Officer, he practiced dentistry in Santa Rosa for 51 years.
There are few friends to remember the days when he took time off to be a pilot for the Civil Air Patrol. He was founding member and president of the Santa Rosa Flying Club Inc. He also headed a Civil Air Patrol squadron at the Sonoma County Airport. Flying was an avocation he maintained through much of his life.
His deep concern for local civil affairs and his civic engagement were impressive: past president of the Santa Rosa 20-30 Club, member of the board of directors of the Sonoma County Taxpayers Assn., The Santa Rosa Downtown Development Assn., The Santa Rosa Chamber of Commerce, The Santa Rosa Rotary Club and the Sonoma County Museum. He served on the Santa Rosa City Council as a Councilman and Mayor in the early sixties.
Dr. Tuttle's devotion to his profession was no less impressive: founding member of Redwood Empire Dental Society, Chairman of the University of California Prosthetic Investigative Study Club, President of the California Board of Dental Examiners, Assistant Clinical Professor at the University of California School of Dentistry, frequent dental lecturer at various dental association meetings, honorary memberships in the Academy of General Dentistry and in the American College of Dentistry. He was named for "outstanding Contributions in the Field of Dentistry" by his local dental society.
He was proud of being an Eagle Scout and served as a scout-master of Santa Rosa Troop #25 for a number of years. He also had a life-long interest in Amateur Radio and had a general class license.
In retirement, golfing, traveling, and playing bridge became some of his favorite pastimes.
His family knew him admiringly as "Mr. Integrity", devoted to family, stubborn sometimes, with a sense of humor of a self-deprecating sort. He will be missed.
He is pre-deceased by his first wife Dorothy Maximov, mother of his two sons, his sister Jane Tuttle Bowdon and his daughter-in-law Sue Tuttle wife of Jeffrey Tuttle. He is survived by his sons Jeffrey S. Tuttle in Hawaii, William T. Tuttle in Santa Rosa, grandson Matthew S. Tuttle and partner Katie Gilliland and great granddaughter Zayna Tuttle, grandson Ryan T. Tuttle, his second wife Marie Goff-Tuttle, his sister JoAnn Tuttle Seaver in Philadelphia, four nieces: Susan Bowdon Rubin, Barbara Bowdon Wishard, Ruth Bowdon Merritt, Janet Bowdon Doto, and three nephews: Benjamin T. Seaver, Paul G. Seaver, and Timothy W. Seaver, and two grandnieces and six grandnephews.
The family gives heartfelt thanks to the caregivers who eased Dr. Tuttle's final days.
A Memorial Service for family and friends will be held in the later part of January. Memorial contributions can be made to: "The Ruth E. Tuttle and Ovid S. Tuttle Fund for Historic Preservation" c/o The Sonoma County Foundation, 250 D St., Santa Rosa, CA 95404.
Published by Press Democrat on Dec. 5, 2021.