Robert Lee Senter

  • Born: December 6, 1929
  • Died: July 7, 2019
  • Location: San Antonio, Texas

Porter Loring Mortuary

1101 McCullough Avenue
San Antonio, TX 78212
Tel. (210) 227-8221

Tribute & Message From The Family

Robert Lee Senter, age 89, passed away on Sunday, July 7th in San Antonio. He was born on December 6th, 1929 to his parents, William and Gertrude Senter in Erwin, Tennessee. Robert (Bob) graduated from Unicoi County High school in Erwin, TN in 1948, while in high school he played varsity basketball and baseball.

He graduated from East Tennessee State College (now University) in 1952 with a B.S. in Geography and a minor in History. He began employment with the U.S. Army Map Service in October 1952, after nearly a year in training in Photogrammetry; he began fieldwork in many areas of the United States. While on assignment in Olympia Washington he met his wife-to-be, Ferol Fisher and they married in October of 1959. After a stint in Washington DC, Bob transferred to the Inter-American Geodetic Survey (IAGS) and with his young family moved to Lima, Peru in 1962 where he worked in training Peruvian nationals in photogrammetric mapping. A year of graduate study at Ohio State followed in 1967, then a short assignment in the Panama Canal Zone. In 1969, Bob was selected as the IAGS project chief for Costa Rica, a position he held until 1978. After another short assignment in Panama, Bob and his family moved to San Antonio in June, 1980 with the relocation of IAGS Headquarters to that city.

He attended the Inter-American Defense College, Ft. Myer, VA, during the school year 1980-81, his thesis, REMOTE SENSING: A TECHNOLOGY FOR DEVELOPMENT IN LATIN AMERICA. Bob finished his mapping career with IAGS/Defense Mapping Agency in June 1992. Retirement brought opportunities to study, particularly the Education for Ministry (EFM) Seminar from The University of the South, Sewanee, TN, which he completed and served as a Mentor. He was also an instructor and coordinator for the AARP Driver Safety Program for North East Bexar County. Church activities have been important, too, Bob has served as an Usher, as well as member of the Vestry at Church of the Good Shepherd, Lima, Peru; The Cathedral of St Luke, Ancon, Panama Canal Zone; Church of the Good Shepherd, San Jose, Costa Rica; and finally the Church of the Resurrection, San Antonio, TX

Bob is survived by his loving wife of 59 years Ferol Senter; son Bill Senter and wife Carlene, daughter Valerie Senter Williams and husband Jim; grandchildren Robert Senter and Carlita Marchitto

A memorial service celebrating Bob's life will be held on Saturday, August 10th at 10am at the Church of the Resurrection Episcopal Church - 5909 Walzem Rd, San Antonio, TX 78218. The Rev. Chris Cole will officiate.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Church of the Resurrection or the McNay Art Museum in San Antonio.


Condolence & Memory Journal

I knew Bob and Ferol when we served in IAGS Peru Project together in 1962 and beyond. I send my sincerest condolences to Ferol and the family and wish them God's blessings for their remaining lives. Bob was soft-spoken, but knew his job better than most. I enjoyed working with him. Martin "Marty" Heuer, LTC, USA (Ret.)

Posted by Martin Heuer - Seminole, FL - Coworker   May 22, 2020


Ferol, you are so special and I just want you to know I am so sorry for your loss. Robert sounds like such a wonderful man, treasure your memories and share them often with those you love. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Fondly, Nancy Clark, Friend and fellow McNay Docent

Posted by Nancy Clark - San Antonio, TX   July 19, 2019


Bob was a great guy. I always enjoyed our humorous exchanges. I know he touch many lives in a positive way. He will be sorely missed but not soon forgotten.

Posted by Rob W - San Antonio, TX - Friend   July 17, 2019

Ferol, I am so sorry for the loss of your husband--I know you had a special bond and love for each other that you will miss dearly. My love to you. Eileen McCleary

Posted by Eileen McCleary - Friend   July 17, 2019

Ferol, You were both so fortunate to spend life together. He was such a kind, soft spoken, but intelligent man.

Posted by Mercedes Zamudio - Windcrest, TX - Friend   July 17, 2019

Ferol, sending love & sympathy.
Heidi Schoenfeld, McNay Docent

Posted by Heidi Schoenfeld    July 17, 2019

Ferol, I know you and Robert must have had an incredible life together. Hang on to those precious memories.

Posted by Carol Anderson - San Antonio, TX - Friend   July 16, 2019

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