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Obituaries > LAMBSON, ROBERT G.

Bob R.G. Lambson, 84, died early Thursday morning, December 18, 2008. He was born April 6, 1924, in the town of Leslie, Idaho, population 8. He grew up with his father in Boise, graduating from Boise High in 1941. He then visited his mother in Los Angeles, California, just in time to be involved in World War II. Joining the Marine Raiders, a prestigious fighting force, he saw action at Bougainville, the Solomon Islands, Guam, Okinawa, and the Occupation of Japan. After his discharge on December 6, 1945, he attended Riverside Junior College receiving his Associate of Arts degree in June of 1947. He returned to the Los Angeles area, attending U.S.C. to earn a Bachelor of Science Degree in June of 1949 and his Master of Science Degree in 1950. Then came the Korean Conflict; being in the reserves he was called up again, subsequently going to officers’ training school in Quantico, Virginia, where he earned the rank of first lieutenant. He was discharged in June 1952. Bob’s interest in working with children led him to the field of education. He taught for awhile in the San Bernardino area. After earning a second Master’s Degree in Education from U.S.C. in June, 1955, he began teaching in Santa Monica at John Adams Junior High School becoming a counselor and then vice principal. At this point he decided to go back to school again. He earned a Doctorate Degree in Education at Oregon State in June, 1963. He returned to Southern California and became a counselor at Santa Monica City College and then was selected to be principal of John Adams Junior High in 1964. He married Patricia Wynn Golden, August 1, 1970. After a very successful career as John Adams’ principal, he retired in 1978. He enjoyed his retirement with his wife, Patricia, and their travels all over the world. He was a devoted son to his mother Ina, as well as a loving and teasing stepfather to Hugh Golden, Claudia Golden Cobabe and Claudia’s husband, Robert Cobabe and step-grandfather to Holly Cobabe Henderson, and Tyler, Allison and Benjamin Cobabe. He will be greatly missed by us all.