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Robert Candler Bogard was born in Bonne Terre, Missouri, on February 29, 1928, and subsequently lived in Kansas, Oklahoma, and Arizona before settling in San Antonio with his mother at the age of nine. They had actually been headed for Corpus Christi, but had to refuel at a local gas station, where the attendant proved such a persuasive booster of his hometown they remained in San Antonio and Bob subsequently attended Woodlawn Elementary School, Horace Mann Junior School, and Thomas Jefferson High School, from which he graduated in 1945. He immediately went into the Navy, serving on the battleship USS South Dakota (BB57), and later the submarine USS Devilfish (SS292).

After the Navy, he attended the University of Texas at Austin, where he eventually obtained BA, MA, and Ph.D. degrees. In 1950 he married Dolores Coppel, a 1946 graduate of Alamo Heights High School who later received her Ph. D. in art history from the University of New Mexico. In 1951, they had a daughter, Georgeanne, who died shortly after birth. Otherwise, their marriage was a very happy one until Dolores contracted Alzheimer's in 2005.

After teaching at Trinity University for a year (1955-56), Bob and Dolores sold their house in Shavano Park and moved to Paris. They subsequently lived in the town of San Antonio on Ibiza, in the Balearic Islands. Later both taught in the European Division of the University of Maryland, and in that connection traveled throughout traveled throughout Europe, the Middle East, and North Africa. In 1965 they rebuilt a summer house in Vejer de la Frontera, Spain, a few miles north of Cape Trafalgar and magnificent beaches.

Bob began working in the Research Department of the Air War College in 1978, while Dolores taught art history at Auburn University and later the University of Alabama, the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and Auburn University at Montgomery.

In 1990, they sold the house in Spain, and the following year retired and returned to San Antonio. Their plan for retirement was to spend half of each year in their condominium here and the other half sailing the Caribbean. Dolores, however, quickly discovered she was not fond of sailing and withdrew from the arrangement, but Bob continued in roughly four-month intervals, eventually getting as far as Venezuela before returning to Corpus Christi and selling the boat, ending an adventure that lasted almost ten years.

About 2005, Dolores began suffering from dementia and had to go into a nursing home. Bob lived alone from that time until his death.


Here's a link to an article by Robert Bogard published in Formidable Magazine


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