On April 4, 2011, Robert H. Black, 69, left this world, with his courage and compassion intact. The oldest of Robert and Martha Black's three children, Bob was born in Torrance, Calif.

Bob learned in 2007 that he had a genetic deficiency disease which ultimately caused his death. As an informed patient he found ways to live well, despite his health constraints.

In tribute, his adored daughter Kim said, "I have yet to meet a more authentic person. Funny, self-deprecating, joyful, playful, honest, gentle." Bob was always true to himself. He always kept alive a youthful, generous spirit and sense of fair play.

A graduate of Occidental College, he played varsity football, was team captain and is in the Football Hall of Fame. He earned his law degree from Southwestern Law School while working full-time. Passionate, persistent and goal-oriented; he changed careers and grew professionally throughout his life.

He taught and coached football, at the junior high and high school level. As head coach at Occidental College, the team won a conference champoinship. He worked in corporate management then practived law and became a partner in Klausen, Harris and Campbell in Los Angeles. Eventually, he helped establish his own Los Angeles firm, which continues today as Black, Compean, Hall and Elie.

In 1996 Bob married Midge Lovering, a second marriage for both. They biked, birded, skied, traveled, loved music and art and treasured their grandchildren.

Retiring in 2006, Bob volunteered as a mediation trainer at the Jackson County Juvenile Detention facility. He was an Audubon Society volunteer. He spent Wednesdays in the field with his birding buddies. As "Baba" he proudly opened arms to grandchildren: Dante and Isaac Washington, and Ava Grace Conlogue-Lovering.

Bob's knowledge, wisdom and kindness were a resource for family and friends. He knew how to listen and respect the rights of others. Both personally and professionally, he was generous with his expertise in problem solving.

Bob was beloved by his family: his wife, Midge Black; his sisters, Sabra (Dave) Hoffman, and Pam (John) Wood; his daughter, Kim (Blayn) Washington; his son, Bob Black; his stepsons, Kris (Wintress) Lovering and Tim Lovering and Kathleen Conlogue; his niece, Denise Harrison and family; his nephews, Mike and Tim Lynch, and Mark and Matt Hoffman and families; his aunts, Sarah Otradovec and Emmy Lou Griggs; and his 20 cousins and their families.

Donations in Bob Black's name may be made to the Rogue Valley Audubon Society www.roguevalleyaudubon.org and The American Civil Liberties Union www.aclu.org.