Our Bob, Robert Ernest Lieblich, was born in Cleveland, Ohio on August 21, 1940 and lived in various cities throughout the United States and Canada as a child, before setting in San Antonio, Texas for junior high and high school.
Bob attended Dartmouth College and the University of California, Berkeley, where he was an English major. His senior thesis was on the poem “When I have Fears That I May Cease to Be” by John Keats. He went on to graduate from Harvard Law school, where he met Sharon, a fellow Law student, whom he married in 1967.
A quiet genius with a rich inner life, Bob loved basketball, classical music, science fiction and the complexities of the English language. Before the Internet, he was on everyone’s direct dial to answer trivia questions, offer driving directions in any major U.S. city or for grammar help. Everyone who knew him thought he should compete on the game show Jeopardy. Instead, he created crossword puzzles that were published in the New York Times and The Washington Post.
An early adopter, Bob embraced the Internet, sharing his knowledge on newsgroups, amassing a library of obscure classical music pieces on his iPod and Face Timing with his grandkids. He started many collections during his life including stamps, Art Deco Verlys glassware, antique phonographs, and classical music LPs, which at one time numbered more than 8,000.
Bob will be most remembered for his generosity, patience and kindness. No one can recall an unkind word ever passing from his lips. He believed in family above all else, and left a huge void in the lives of his loved ones when he passed away on February 3, 2015.