By Rosemary Pollock
Deseret News Vice Chairman Robert Bischoff Remembered by President Monson
SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH -- Robert H. Bischoff, 79, retired bank
president and vice chairman of the
Deseret News Board of Directors, died Thursday, May 24, 200l, from
complications of pancreatic cancer. He was the beloved husband of
Ruth Tite Bischoff; father of two sons, James Kevin and Robert
Curtis, one daughter, Denise Bischoff Echols and nine grandchildren.
The First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day
Saints issued this statement upon learning of Bischoff's passing. "We
note with sorrow the passing of Robert H. Bischoff, an esteemed
friend who brought great skills and the highest of integrity to all
he did. He was a valued asset to the Deseret News board, where he
served with distinction for many years as well as to the community at
"When Bob Bischoff spoke, he previously thought about what he wanted
to say," said Thomas S. Monson, first counselor in the First
Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, while
speaking at Bischoff's funeral. "Therefore, when he spoke, people
listened. When they listened, they learned." Recounting a recent
hole-in-one just a month before his death, President Monson said, " I
could imagine his reaction. Because of his humility and reserve, I
imagine he did a little jig...and said "Wow.'"
Chairman of the board for the Deseret News, L. Glen Snarr, recognized
Bischoff's dedication to service while working and socializing with
him. "His philosophy was it is not what we receive, it is what we
give," Snarr said.
It was noted that the key to Bischoff's success was the tremendous
joy he got out of spending time with his family participating in a
variety of outdoor activities. He as an avid golfer, skier and world
traveler. He spent every possible weekend with his family while he
and his wife, Ruth enjoyed traveling with friends.
"I never thought that Dad just did not have the time," Kevin Bischoff
said. "He was always there. He always found time for the things that
counted." "My father led a very complete, well-rounded life, and he
has passed on those virtues," he said.
In addition to his extensive business career, Bishoff served in the
U.S. Navy during World War II. In lieu of flowers, the family
suggests contributions be made in Bob's name to The Caring Foundation
for Children, 2890 E. Cottonwood Pkwy, SLC, UT 84121.
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