SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. -- Bob Gervais, a special assistant to
Cal Poly's director of athletics since 2005, passed away Thursday
morning, July 19, 2012, in Santa Maria. He was 78.
Gervais, a graduate of Notre Dame with degrees in aeronautical and nuclear engineering as well as astronautics, was a rated officer in the U.S. Air Force. He practiced engineering in the private and public sectors in aviation, space exploration and terrestrial renewable energy domains, nationally and internationally.
His assignments at Cal Poly were wide-ranging such as strategic management and planning, Cal Poly athletics’ academic image, conference realignment, football scheduling, potential conference memberships, Cal Poly’s relationships with national sports administrators and analysts, and NCAA interactions.
Gervais resided in Santa Maria with his companion Donna Kriebel. A service will be held Friday, July 27, at 12:30 p.m. at Holy Cross Cemetery Chapel, 5835 West Slauson Avenue, Culver City, Calif. (310-836-5500). A reception will immediately follow the ceremony at the home of Neal and Nora Gervais (address and directions to the reception will be provided at the ceremony.)
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that a donation be made in the name of Robert Gervais to:
Notre Dame Class of 1955 Scholarship Fund
87 Heatherdowns Lane
Galena, Illinois 61036
A donation in the name of Robert Gervais also may be made to
People for Leisure And Youth, a non-profit public benefit
corporation committed to promoting public welfare and education
through the acceptance of contributions for use in enhancing,
maintaining, and promoting the recreation, leisure, and parks
services offered by the Santa Maria Recreation and Parks
Department. These services offer a multitude of personal, social,
economic, and environmental benefits. Bob recently adopted
"Mojave," a burro who is living comfortably at Los Flores Ranch
Park in Santa Maria. Mojave has met hundreds of people in his short
time at Los Flores Ranch and will continue to meet thousands more.
Mail donations to PLAY Inc., 615 S. McClelland Street, Santa Maria,
CA 93454. To use a credit card, call (805) 925-0951, extension
A donation also may be made to your favorite animal charity in the name of Robert Gervais.