- Dr. Robert Lee Erdman
Surrounded by his loving family, Robert Erdman passed away on September 23, 2011.
Bob was born in Milwaukee WI, January 9, 1927 to Henry & Nettie Erdman growing up in Granville WI. He received his Bachelor's degree from the University of Wisconsin?Milwaukee in 1947. He completed his graduate studies at the University of Illinois, Champaign receiving his Doctorate in 1957. Bob met his wife, Millie Weppler, during graduate school and were married in 1949. He was on the Faculty of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee from 1958-66 reaching the rank of Professor and Chair of the Department of Special Education. He was recruited by the University of Utah to develop and chair the Dept of Special Education in 1966. He became Dean of the Graduate School of Education in 1976 serving in this role until his return to the Dept of Special Education in 1983, retiring in 1987. During his career he authored multiple publications and served as editor for the journals of his profession. He held numerous leadership positions at the university, state, national and international levels. Bob loved his wife & family and spent his career as a mentor & advocate for the educators of Utah and across the nation who sought to improve the lives of handicapped and disabled children. He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Millie Erdman, their three children Alan (Lucy) Erdman, Steve (Terri) Erdman, Laura (Gus) Erdman Wheeler and 7 grandchildren (Elizabeth, Ben, Megan, Jill, Sam, Molly and Augie). He was an active member of Zion Lutheran Church for more than 30 years. A Memorial Service celebrating Bob's life will be held at 12pm Saturday October 1, 2011 at Zion Lutheran Church, 1070 Foothill Drive, Salt Lake City, UT. Friends may call at the church before the service from 11-12pm. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Zion Lutheran Church, The Utah Food Bank, or The Crossroads Urban Center. The Erdman family would like to express its gratitude & love to Rev. Steve Klemz, close friend & pastor and to Care Source Hospice for their care & support during our time of loss.
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