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In Memory of

Robert Fremd Engle

January 26, 1949 - February 23, 2015

Obituary


Robert Fremd Engle, known as Bob or Bobbie to his friends and family, passed away suddenly at his home in Tujunga, California on February 23rd, 2015. He was 66 years old.

Bob was born and raised in Red Bluff, California. He was the son of Edelgard (Edie) Elisabeth Fremd and the late Fred Jewell Engle, Jr. He was the nephew of the late United States Senator Clair Engle.

Bob attended both California State University at Humboldt and UC, Santa Barbara. He majored in English, studied film-making, but was drawn to...

Robert Fremd Engle, known as Bob or Bobbie to his friends and family, passed away suddenly at his home in Tujunga, California on February 23rd, 2015. He was 66 years old.

Bob was born and raised in Red Bluff, California. He was the son of Edelgard (Edie) Elisabeth Fremd and the late Fred Jewell Engle, Jr. He was the nephew of the late United States Senator Clair Engle.

Bob attended both California State University at Humboldt and UC, Santa Barbara. He majored in English, studied film-making, but was drawn to photography in adulthood just as he had been as a child. In the mid-70's, Bob went to work for a small Burbank photo laboratory called Photographic Illustration Company (PIC). He worked there for a decade, mastering all aspects of shooting, processing, and printing negative and positive film on a variety of commercial equipment. He loved the very nature of color film and found his artistic calling in print-making.

In 1984 he began working as a color photo lab supervisor at Art Center College of Design (ACCD) in Pasadena. Within a year, he was offered his first teaching position as a Color Techniques I instructor, which was a required class for all Photography majors. Bob was a natural teacher, and his tenure as a beloved and respected photography instructor lasted twenty-two years. He was honored by graduating students on at least four occasions with the "Great Teacher" award.

He represented Art Center by participating in dozens of design, scholarship and education policy conferences. He was a liaison to the Pasadena Art Alliance, and also a member of the first Art Center delegation to the United Nations ''' ACCD was the first scholastic institution recognized as an NGO (non-governmental organization) by the U.N.

Bob also co-founded TransLight Colors in 1995, a professional photo lab for custom color printing.

One of the highlights of Bob's life was his sabbatical to Africa in 2004. He coordinated an international photographic project, living for two months in remote savannah villages in Ghana working as a photo and video journalist documenting the plight of banished women accused of witchcraft. For one of the early articles that inspired Bob's journey, see: http://articles.latimes.com/2000/dec/24/news/mn-4257

Bob married Mary Jo Losso in 1988, and in 1990 their son Erik was born. Bob considered Erik his greatest achievement. Anyone who has ever known him is well-aware of the bond the two of them shared. Bob's greatest pleasures in the last few years were the times that he and Erik simply 'hung out' together, often going to see indie and foreign language films that focused on art, people and nature. Bob was a lifelong San Francisco 49er's football fan, and he eventually got Erik hooked as well ''' nearly every week during the football season they would cheer on their team together.

Later in life, Bob began to share his passion for poetry by attending local poetry workshops and readings in and around La Canada. At 6:19 in the following link, hear Bob reading one of his poems: https://twitter.com/RattleMag/status/332892311463792643

Bob was a long-time member of both the La Canada YMCA and the Descanso Bonsai Society. He began studying the art of bonsai and John Naka's techniques in 1987 as a student of Warren Hill at Descanso Gardens.

Bob was very proud of the fact that in his twenties he spent four years as a commercial farm worker in Red Bluff. He felt this experience shaped the rest of his life. Working the dirt with his hands gave him a fuller appreciation of all of life's travails ''' capturing this in both words and pictures made his life complete.

Bob is survived by his mother, Edie Engle; his son, Erik Engle; his sister Christa-Maria Engle; his niece and nephew Kathy Gregoroff & Robert Engle (Peggy); sister-in-law Barbara Engle; Erik's mother Mary Jo Losso; ex-in-laws Kathy Losso and Ken Kramer; as well as three great-nephews and a great niece. He was predeceased by his father; his brother, Fred Engle, III; and his cousin Yvonne Engle Childs.


To view the memorial slide show used at the service, see: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1cHqdQ9eAO8