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Robert Withers -- Phoenix

December 17, 2018

Robert S. Withers 1928-2018

Robert “Bob” S. Withers passed away on Nov. 28, 2018, after a lengthy illness.

He is predeceased by his wife, Marjorie M. Withers; his parents, Glenn and Bessie Withers; and his brother, John K. Withers.

Born in Rochester, Bob graduated High School from the New Mexico Military Institute in 1945, and the University of Minnesota in 1949.

Bob spent his entire career at the Rochester Post-Bulletin. He joined the newspaper full time in 1949, after his college graduation. In 1960, he was promoted to Vice President and General Manager, and in 1962, was promoted to Publisher. Bob was well known by his weekly column “The Town Topper,” which provided him ample opportunity to report on and support the city he loved.

During his career, he was actively involved in many civic affairs in Rochester. At the age of 27, he was the youngest person to ever serve on the board of the Rochester Chamber of Commerce, and in 1962, he was elected to the Board of Directors of the Northwestern National Bank. He also served on many other civic boards in Rochester including: Industrial Opportunities Incorporated, the Art Center, the YMCA, the Downtown Retail Trade Association, and Toastmasters.

In 1964, he was named the “Outstanding Young Man Of The Year” in Rochester, and in 1965, he was chosen to be included in the book “Outstanding Young Men In America.”

He was active in many national newspaper groups. He was a past President of the Northwest Daily Press Association. He was a senior member of the American Newspaper Publishers Association, the Institute of Newspaper Controller and Finance Officers, and the Inland Daily Press Association.

In 1976, Bob became President of ETC Travel in Rochester, and traveled extensively in that capacity. He retired in Arizona. Bob was a significant supporter of the Mayo Clinic/Foundation throughout his career and professional life.

Bob is survived by three children: daughters, Sharri (Sharon) and Melissa of Scottsdale, Ariz.; a son, Robert A. Withers (Nancy) of Minneapolis; and two granddaughters, Lauren of Minneapolis, and Julia of Denver.

Contributions may be made to Mayo Clinic or Savior Hospice and Palliative Care in his name. Services will be in the Spring.

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