Dr. Robert W Fuhrman

  • Born: May 8, 1957
  • Died: June 9, 2019
  • Location: San Antonio, Texas

Porter Loring Mortuary North

2102 North Loop 1604 East
San Antonio, TX 78232

Tel. (210) 495-8221

Tribute & Message From The Family

Dr. Robert W Fuhrman, 62, passed away June 9, 2019, following a two-year battle with cancer. Bob was a fixture and leader at The University of Texas at San Antonio since 1989. During his time at UTSA he served in a number of administrative roles, including 12 years as chair of the department of Psychology. Above all, Bob was a brilliant teacher and mentor, consistently working to educate undergraduates and expand graduate opportunities through classroom teaching, mentoring students in his lab, advising student organizations in Psychology, helping grow the master's program from its fledgling state to maturity, and securing and launching a new doctoral program. His courses were famous for being challenging, but students loved them. He was also known as a challenging advisor, but students sought him out to direct or serve on their thesis and dissertation committees. At the time of his passing, he had directed and served on more masters theses and doctoral dissertations than any other member of the faculty. In addition to earning several teaching awards, a recent post announcing Bob's retirement garnered nearly two dozen video messages (in just two days) from students who wished to thank him for his involvement in their education. He spent his career propelling students to success, and future students will continue to benefit from the curriculum and programs he worked to build.

Bob's students are not the only ones who will miss his wisdom and company. Bob was a mentor and a friend to his coworkers as well. He made time to help colleagues think through their projects and career choices. He had a knack for cutting to the heart of an issue and suggesting alternate ways of looking at the world, making him a great (if frustrating) person to test ideas on. He fought tirelessly to support faculty and advance the department under challenging circumstances. Through it all, he maintained a subtle, wry sense of humor and joy in discovery and debate that his students and colleagues loved and will sorely miss.