Friday, October 02, 2009


Received from Bob's daughter, Christine, on behalf of the family:

ROBERT M. DOERR (1927-2009). Robert Martin (Bob) Doerr, 81, of Rolla passed away Saturday, Sept. 26, 2009 due to complications from multiple myeloma. Bob spent his last days at home surrounded by his wife and four daughters, granddaughter, and two nephews.

Bob was born in St. Louis Mo., 05 Nov 1927, the older of two sons of the late Alfred J. and Emilie C. (Wangler) Doerr. On 31 Mar 1951, in St. Louis, he married and is survived by Vivian, daughter of the late Henry C. and Vivian O. (Dewes) Bokel. They had five daughters: Karen (John III) Hiatt of Columbia; Cheryl (Rob) Hoech of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; the late Margaret Mary ‘Peggy’ Doerr; Christine Doerr of Columbia; and Teresa (Timothy) Kassen of San Diego; 8 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren.

Besides his wife and four daughters, Robert is survived by a number of nieces and nephews and a genealogical tree that spans far and wide. Robert served in the Army Air Force during World Was II, earned a B.S. at St. Louis U. in 1950. In 1958, the Doerr family moved from St. Louis to Rolla Mo., where he was a metallurgy researcher at the US Bureau of Mines from 1958 to 1985 during which time he published many technical papers. In 1972, he earned a M.S. at UMR, where he was active in Sigma Xi. A devoted parishioner at St. Patrick Catholic Church, he was in the first group of lay Lectors and was a Eucharistic Minister.

He was a founding member and served two terms as president of the Missouri Chapter of Nature Conservancy. An avid float-fisherman, he once canoed the entire Gasconade River solo. In retirement, he wrote and published on gardening and genealogy. From 1992 through 2009, he edited a quarterly, the Missouri State Genealogical Association Journal, and wrote a weekly newspaper column until 2004. He was active in the Knights of Columbus where he found great satisfaction helping with and heading M.R. ‘Tootsie Roll’ drives to benefit the handicapped.

Thanks in part to Robert, one of nature's noblemen, we may enjoy some beautiful wild areas in the Ozarks, the rivers run a little cleaner, and the seeds of knowledge and discovery will continue to propagate. His brother, Eugene J. (late Eve Highlander), died 15 May 2007 in Austin, Tx.

Family and friends will be received from 9 to 10:30 p.m., Saturday, October 24 at St. Patrick Catholic Church, with Eulogy and Mass to follow. Interment: Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery. Sect. E, Grave 1446. In lieu of flowers, a tribute account has been set up at Missouri Chapter of Nature Conservancy at Bob’s request. Donations can be sent to The Nature Conservancy, Attn: Account 12058838, P.O. Box 6014, Albert Lea, MN 56007 or at


Christine Doerr
on behalf on the Doerr Family: c/o

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