Robert Eugene Stutz

OBIT Robert Eugene Stutz online 1114181/Jan/1921 - 12/Oct/2018 Bob Stutz was born and raised in Corvallis Oregon. On graduating from Oregon State in 1943, he entered the Naval Reserve Officers program, and was commissioned an Ensign in September. Diagnosed with TB just prior to overseas deployment, he spent most of 1944 in a Navy TB ward. This was a defining period of his life. For on seeing too many mostly healthy men give up, decline and die, he determined to "keep moving", and succeeded for over 70 years. On release, Bob entered the Biochemistry PhD program at U. Wisconsin, where he could also be under the treatment of noted TB specialist Dr. Helen Dickie. On 1/July/1945 he married Mary Awdry Radcliffe of Klamath Falls, Oregon (12/June/1922 - 8/Dec/1997).

They had met in Botany Lab at OSC, and would share their interest in plants til Mary's death. On completing his degree, Bob took up the study of photosynthesis at the DoE's Argonne National Lab near Chicago. But he and Mary both wanted to raise their children in Oregon, and in 1956 he joined the Western Pine Association's Research Lab, in Portland, Oregon. This led him into the field of lumber treating chemicals, which he pursued til his retirement in 1986, first at Western Pine, later with Chapman Chemicals in Memphis and Palo Alto, and finally as a consultant for Koppers, developing and testing formulations in his own home lab. Bob and Mary moved the family to Los Altos Hills in 1963, taking advantage of the low prices in what was then the hinterland of Palo Alto and Los Altos. They remained there the rest of their lives. Both were long active in town government, primarily on the planning and pathway committees. Bob was also very active with the Los Altos Hills Horseman, serving as president for many years, and supporting their construction projects long after retiring from active leadership. His latter civic service was with the Los Altos Hills County Fire District where, as finance officer, he was instrumental in arranging the 1996 construction of the Foothill College Fire Station without incurring any bonded debt. Bob had been active as a youth in the Boy Scouts, and continued till his children were grown, serving as a scoutmaster in the early 1950's in Illinois, and circa 1970 with Explore Post 30 in Los Altos. He and Mary both accompanied the Post on some notable week long Sierra hikes. Both had long enjoyed travel, taking the family on many extended car camping trips, venturing as far east as Nova Scotia. Following Bob's retirement they took up touring on a wider scale, to Europe and the Near East. Mary was diagnosed with a blood cancer in 1990, and the focus of Bob's life shifted to keeping her as healthy as possible. He succeeded for seven years, against a disease usually fatal within five. Her death in 1997 was a great loss, but he kept moving for another 20 years. Following Mary's death, much of his time was devoted to maintaining their house and grounds, but he continued to travel with friends and children, including High Sierra horsepacking trips into his 90's. He will be missed, by many more than his family. A memorial service will be held on November 17, at 10:00AM at Christ Episcipal Church, 1040 Border Road, Los Altos, CA.