Bob Monroe ’53 died March 24, 2012, at his home in Highland, Calif., after a two-year bout with cancer. He was 80. Bob was born April 7, 1931, in Los Angeles and moved to Glendora, Calif., as a young child. He began his lifelong business career as a college student, buying a small grocery store in the "Veterans’ Village" section of the Santa Clara University campus that catered to the returning World War II veterans that made up a large part of the Santa Clara student body in the early 1950s. The ROTC student graduated in 1953 and joined the U.S. Army shortly thereafter. During his stint, he was stationed in Bamberg, Germany, among other Army bases. He achieved the rank of first lieutenant before being discharged honorably in 1956. In 1954, he married Mary Theresa Cavanaugh of Lodi, Calif., and upon his discharge from the Army they settled first in San Mateo and he began his career with Mobil Oil Corp. After frequent relocations, he and his family settled in Upland, Calif., in 1969. He launched an auto parts distribution business called Century TBA in San Bernardino, Calif. where he worked until his retirement in 1992. In retirement, he traveled frequently and was active in St. Adelaide’s Church in Highland, Calif. Monroe is preceded in death by first wife Mary Theresa Monroe. He is survived by wife Lois Longo Monroe of Highland, Calif.; sister Mary Helen Monroe of San Bruno, Calif.; brother Joseph Monroe of Napa, Calif.; sons Michael Monroe ’78, Daniel Monroe, Patrick Monroe, and Robert Monroe; 11 grandchildren, including Danny Monroe ’12; and four great-grandchildren. Throughout his life, Bob always remained a dedicated alumnus and was excited to see both his son Mike Monroe and grandson Danny Monroe  follow in his footsteps and become Santa Clara Broncos.

08 Nov 2018