Sept. 8, 1931 – March 12, 2012
Robert Stanley Halliwell, Ph.D., 80, of Bryan, Texas, died Monday, March 12, 2012, at his residence. Services were held at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 17, at Callaway-Jones Funeral Home in Bryan. Memorials may be made to Southern Care Hospice, 3206 Longmire Drive, Suite C, College Station, Texas, 77845 or Guardian Health Care, 1411 Memorial Drive, Bryan, Texas, 77802.
Robert S. “Bob” Halliwell was born on Sept. 8, 1931, to Robert Sylvester and Elizabeth Mae (Vogt) Halliwell in Lovell in the “shadows of the Big Horn Mountains.” He graduated from Lovell High School in 1949, then joined the National Guard and attended the University of Wyoming. During his first year at the university his unit was called to Korea.
During his military career, Bob was part of the “Cowboy Cannoneers,” the 300th Armored Field Artillery Unit. He was honorably discharged in 1952. An article by Bill Youngkin featuring Bob’s military career can be found in the Bryan/College Station Eagle (April 17, 2011).
After his military discharge in 1952, he re-enrolled at the University of Wyoming, where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in 1956 and a master’s degree in 1959. He graduated with a Ph.D. from Oregon State in 1962.
Following graduation, he began his career as a microbiologist and virologist at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas. His 32 years of devoted service to Texas A&M include numerous research discoveries and publications. He served as the president of the southern division of the American Phythopathological Society in 1973. After his retirement in January 1994, he was awarded the title of Professor Emeritus in Plant Pathology and Microbiology at Texas A&M.
He was preceded in death by his parents and four brothers-in-law, Gene Bischoff of Powell, Don Cantrell of San Jose, Calif., Lonnie Graves of Chriesman, Texas, and Al Graves of Wichita Falls, Texas.
Bob is survived by his wife, Dora Graves Bishop Halliwell, of Bryan; children Mark S. Halliwell, Pamela Bishop Cemino, Lisa Halliwell Burns and husband Scott Burns, Patrice Bishop Cates, Robert Blair Halliwell and Perian Bishop and husband Larry White; sisters Elizabeth Louise Halliwell Cantrell of San Jose and Margaret Ann Halliwell Bischoff of Powell; sisters-in-law Luci Graves Smith of Bryan and Barbara Graves of Chriesman, Texas; 16 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
The family wanted to send a special thank you and heart-felt appreciation to Hospice, especially Wendy Cook, Kyanne Veteto, Jamita Phillips, Chaplain Gary Row, Jessica Sandoval and Lisa Arreola.
View Bob’s Book of Memories™ at CallawayJones.com.