UC Mourns the Loss of Bob Dobbs, Extraordinary Volunteer Leader

January 5, 2018

The University of Cincinnati family lost one of its most outstanding alumni and ardent supporters with the Dec. 23 death of Bob Dobbs, Bus ’76, ’88.

If you listed the various traits that might best define the “quintessential Bearcat,” you would have described Bob. For 45 years, he checked all the boxes while jumping headlong into each new day with unmatched fervor, energy and love for his university and fellow Bearcats, his adopted hometown of Cincinnati, an array of causes near and dear to him, and, of course, his own treasured family (which naturally is red and black through and through).

Bob’s infectious spirit, personal and professional integrity, and service to UC were remarkable. He also appeared omnipresent; seemingly there was little with which he and his wife, Kim, CECH ’78, weren’t involved. Bob was a trustee of the UC Foundation after having served four years as president of the UC Alumni Association Board of Governors. He was a dedicated volunteer in the Carl H. Lindner College of Business (and always proud that his college had been named in honor of the man Bob had gone to work for 1989). He had been inducted into UC Athletics’ prestigious Order of the Black Blazer in 2016 in recognition of his profound contributions to the department and its student-athletes. And for the past two years Bob and Kim were UC Bicentennial co-chairs (along with Phil and Lela Collins), playing a central role in preparing for the yearlong festivities to begin later this year.

Hundreds attended a celebration of Bob’s life on Dec. 30 in Nippert Stadium’s West Pavilion, during which he was eulogized along the dominant theme that underscored his life and how he lived it — his passion …

    • …for Kim, who entered his life as a blind date at UC’s 1974 Homecoming, and their family, including children Brandon, Justin and Lyndsee — all UC alumni — and four grandchildren.
    • …for God and country, and how that shaped his life.
    • …for soccer, the sport that helped draw him to UC from his native upstate New York, and which was always his first sporting love. He played on the Bearcats’ first varsity team, his sons would later follow in his footsteps, and the Dobbses were lifelong supporters of the program.
    • …for his work at American Financial Group where he spent nearly 30 years as a company leader, colleague, mentor and friend.
    • …for the causes he considered most important, the difference he was able to make through his involvement, and the many lives he influenced along the way. Notably, one such cause was the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, of which Bob served as a board member.

The Dobbs family suggests that memorials be made to the newly established Robert E. Dobbs Scholarship Fund.

Read the profile of Bob and Kim Dobbs in the winter 2017 edition of Best Chapter magazine.

*Left: Photo of Bob and wife Kim at a Cincinnati Reds baseball game.


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