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Joseph William Robb Jr. ’47 was born to Joseph Sr. and Francis Robb on Nov. 3, 1926, in San Francisco at St. Luke’s Hospital. He graduated from Sequoia High School in Redwood City, continuing his studies at SCU and finishing his undergraduate work at UC Berkeley, going on to earn his Doctorate of Juris Prudence at UC Hastings College of the Law in 1951. Upon passing the California State Bar, Joseph started his legal career by joining his father, Joseph W. Robb Sr., at the law offices of Hession Robb & Creedon in San Mateo. He thereafter began a solo practice in San Francisco, later moving to Mill Valley, where he established the Law Offices of Robb and Ross in 1986 with his partner, Sterling L. Ross Jr. Joseph was an avid reader, a history buff, and a lifelong fan of the San Francisco 49ers and Golden State Warriors. He passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family on Jan. 10, 2019, at age 92. Joseph is survived by his loving wife, Esther, sharing a remarkable 59 years of marriage. He is lovingly remembered by his two sons, Philip Robb (wife Kira) and John Robb; two nephews, Robert Steger (wife Kathy) and William Steger; and his five grandchildren, Daniel, Molly, Andrew, Michael, and Mataeo. We all take comfort knowing that Joseph is reunited with his beloved sister, Patricia Steger, who passed away in 2000, and his son, Peter, who passed in 2007.