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Robert “Bob” William Fitzgerald JD ’73, born in Sacramento, passed away peacefully on November 18, 2011, after a long illness handled with grace and stoicism. Bob practiced family law in Santa Rosa for 35 years. He was a graduate of Montgomery High School Class of 1964, earned his bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Portland in 1968, and earned his Juris Doctorate from the University of Santa Clara in 1973. He began his law career in his father’s firm, eventually becoming partner in Fitzgerald and Fitzgerald. He became president of the Bar Association in 1978. He enjoyed the nuances and challenges of practicing law, but helping others most of all. Bob’s passions included coaching softball, basketball, vacationing at Lake Shasta, and skiing Tahoe, Colorado and Banff. He enjoyed trivia, pool, reading, movies, and especially music. He was a proud, hands-on father and actively involved in the upbringing of his children. Bob was loved most for his integrity, honesty, kindness, and sharp wit. Bob is survived by his loving children Sharon Fitzgerald Kane, John Desmond Fitzgerald, Ann Michelle McKinley, and grandchildren Jack, Connell, Bailey, Robby, Matthew, and Luke. He is also survived by his sister Karin Fitzgerald Sanford, brother John Desmond Fitzgerald, and wife Cheryl Fitzgerald. He was previously married to Anne Marie Fitzgerald, mother of Sharon and John. He is preceded in death by his best friend Linda Mononi and by his beloved parents John and Evelyn.