Bob Stroup J.D. ’74 was a loving, involved father of two daughters, Tabitha and Jennifer, and “Papa” to his adored grandchildren, Oscar and Zoe. He was married to Alexandra for 38 years. While getting his J.D., he created a successful watch repair business to help pay for school. Bob began his life work as a civil engineer and later went back to school to become a labor attorney, specializing in educational employee law for 26 years. His first position as a lawyer was in Los Gatos, researching and writing for California School Law Digest. In Fresno, Bob was a pilot who flew almost daily to school districts he represented, primarily in Central and Northern California. Twice a year he flew LIGA International doctors to medical clinics in Mexico. In 1985, Bob piloted his Cessna in the First Transatlantic Air Rally from New York to Paris. He also flew several air races within the United States. He was a longtime member of the flying group QB’s Quite Birdmen. Bob was also an ardent ocean sailor who delighted in participating in YRA sailboat races. He enjoyed downhill skiing and tennis and officiated the marriage of his daughter, Jennifer, to Nello Santillana, as well as six of his friend’s weddings. After his stroke as a 17-year survivor, he enjoyed his extensive nautical and WWII clock collection and was active with the Fresno Radio Club, a voracious reader of mysteries, and an avid follower of politics. To benefit research and physician training, Bob donated his body to Stanford Medical School. His lifelong attitude: “I can do this—never give up.”

29 Jan 2020