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    Mary MayerOct 12, 2017 at 1:54 pm

    I too just discovered that Bob Towers is no longer with us. He was my chemistry teacher at El Camino High School in the sixties, so many years ago. Yet I’ve never forgotten him nor his wonderful family. When Bob learned that I was enduring a lot of turmoil at home, he and his wife invited me to live with them and their three children. They treated me like their own daughter, generous and loving.
    Bob loved sports, but he especially loved sharing what he knew with others. Every chemistry student loved his good humor and determination to help every one of us understand the principles of science. R.I.P.

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    Cress MerrillJun 23, 2016 at 8:03 pm

    I was just thinking about one of my memorable instructors at Sacramento City College, Mr. Bob Towers. I googled him and saw this and it saddened me. I took wrestling and weight training from him 66-68. He challenged me and allowed me to continue wresting even after I had my broken foot in a cast. He would bring in wrestlers from his team to wrestle me as a challenge, I was looking for a major and Biology was what I ended up pursuing. I never wrestled in college or high school but he suggested that I wrestle for Sacramento State. He saw something I didn’t see and unfortunately my educational and work schedule wouldn’t allow it. I regret I didn’t try but he gave me confidence when I needed it the most. Thanks Coach Towers, you are remembered.

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    Ray LoefflerFeb 11, 2016 at 1:38 pm

    I received notification of Bob’s passing soon after he departed. Many who knew him were
    very saddened by having received this news. I was recently made aware of this site and
    its acknowledgment of a number of Bob’s accomplishments. I would like to add my thoughts.
    I have traveled extensively with him, very often as his roommate.
    So, I got to know him quite well….sharing information about past endeavors in
    our lives. He loved travel with friends that he got to know over the years through his work assignments and those who signed up for his travel adventures to many corners of the earth, often 2 or 3 extended trips a year. I owe much of my extensive travel
    experience to having had the pleasure of my association with him. My life has been
    enriched thru knowing him. For many years we competed in racquetball as well. He
    was quite a good sportsman, as I always looked forward to our weekly games.
    I have many, many fond memories that will endure. Yes, he is missed. Ray Loeffler

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    Winston ToftMay 30, 2015 at 7:38 pm

    I was deeply saddened to learn of Bob’s death. I traveled with him on three overseas trips which he led.

    I was deeply saddened to learn of Bob’s death. I traveled with him on three overseas trips which he led. We were roommates on a trip to Greece. He was a great guy and I liked him very much. I know he will be greatly missed by many.

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    Winston ToftMay 30, 2015 at 7:34 pm

    I was deeply saddened to learn of Bob’s death. I traveled with him on three very enjoyable overseas trips which he led. We were roommates on a trip to Greece. He was a great guy and I liked him very much. He will be greatly missed by many.

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    CarolynMay 7, 2015 at 12:19 pm

    So sad. RIP.

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    jackieMay 5, 2015 at 7:35 pm

    I’m saddened to hear about Professor Roberts passing. As a current student in his circuit training class, I can attest to the very high standards for his students. But once I goy to know him personally- he then became one of those professor that is with you in your corner, to make sure you have the right mindset to pervail . I have gained more than physicality in the class. I have learned that life is tough and sometimes you have to learn to enjoy the suffering that comes with it. That whatever you do be it running- which he advocated for, you must at the very least enjoy it and if you don’t begin to enjoy it. This was his gift for me and as I extend my condolences to his family I encourage everyone to live a life without regret. Live a life with conviction as Mr. Powers once did. Thank you again Mr. Powers-for all your words of encouragement. I plan to transfer to the University in the fall and will never forget how you have shaped me to become the person I am today.

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    Pa Ku YangMay 5, 2015 at 6:21 pm

    Im very grateful to have taken his badminton class and to have met him. I never knew he was ill. He warmed up with students by rallying and played so much better than some young folks. He still had a lot of tricks for his age. I admire him. He would always push us, give advice to improve and to become better. Although we did not know him for long, he has already inspire so many students. He will always be remembered. Thank you for your hard work and dedication to your students. I appreciate every effort.

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