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Robert H. Detrick

Obituary for Robert H. Detrick

May 17, 1935 - November 21, 2018
San Antonio, Texas | Age 83


Robert H. Detrick, age 83, of San Antonio, TX, passed away Wednesday, November 21, 2018. He was born May 17, 1935 in Rochester, NY to Harold and Anna Detrick.

In 1953, after graduating from Buffalo's Technical High School, he enrolled a Westminster College (PA), where he met his future wife, Carolyn Ann Dart of Coventry, CT. They received their Bachelors degrees in June, 1957 and were married that summer. The couple lived first in Durham, NH and then Springfield, MA. In 1959, he accepted a teaching assistantship in the history department at Indiana University and earned both Masters and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in history and Asian Studies. He received a faculty appointment at Moorhead State College (MN) in 1963. Three years later, he joined the Purdue University Regional Campus System and taught first in Ft. Wayne and then Indianapolis. He became a faculty member at the University of North Texas in 1969. During his years at UNT, he received a Fulbright Fellowship for study in India (1977). After returning from India, he joined the North Texas Fulbright Teacher Exchange Program Screening Committee and later became its chairman. From 1983-1993, he was Director of the UNT Academic Scholarship Office. He retired from UNT in 1996. In 1997, the Board of Regents honored him with the title Professor Emeritus. The Detrick's moved to San Antonio in 1998.

Robert is survived by his wife, Carolyn; three children, Gretchen Hansen and husband Glenn of Katy, Juli Spiva and husband Scott of San Antonio, and William Detrick of Lewisville; and three grandchildren, Kyle and Kristina Hansen and Lauren Spiva. The family will have a private service at a later date. In lieu of flowers, gifts to the American Heart Association and/or the Animal Defense League would be appreciated.

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