March 24, 1932 – October 3, 2016
Robert Warren, 84, died at home on Monday, October 3, 2016 from heart disease. Bob was born in Omaha, NE on March 24, 1932 to Lillian Marcus and Joseph Ellsworth Soulek. He spent his childhood in Detroit and Omaha. He moved to Los Angeles as a teenager and graduated from Belmont High School in 1950, where he was class president and a basketball and baseball standout. He continued his education at Los Angeles City College and UCLA, culminating in a Ph.D. in Political Science in 1964.
In 1953, he married Frances Elster in Los Angeles and they later divorced. Bob married Irene Belous in 1959. Bob and Irene moved to Seattle in 1960 where he was a Political Science professor at the University of Washington, and in 1971 moved to Los Angeles when he accepted a teaching position at USC. Finally, the family settled in Newark when Bob joined the College of Urban Affairs and Public Policy in 1975.
Bob found a welcome environment at the U of D. He tirelessly shepherded students from around the world through the Masters and Doctoral programs in Urban Affairs, and worked to represent the faculty in the Faculty Senate. He retired in 2014 and was awarded emeritus status. Bob remained active working with students and writing on the effects of information technology on urban socio-economic, political, and spatial dynamics. He was an aficionado of old jazz, classic movies, and critiquing the state of the world. He loved to garden and we are still enjoying this summer’s tomatoes. He will be missed by family, friends, and a large network of colleagues.
Bob is survived by his four children, Miranda Sacharin (Ken), Jeffrey Warren (Linda), Stacy Warren (Dan Israel), and Colin Warren (Virginia Parks); grandchildren, Emily Sacharin, Elad, Nathaniel, Joe and Penina Warren, Claire and Robin Israel, and Ian and Imogen Parks Warren; nieces, Allison Fanara and Jennifer Yocum; nephew, Dennis Yocum; sisters-in-law, Kathy Yocum and Bea Belous; and his beloved Borzoi companion, Lizzy. Bob was devoted to his late wife, Irene Warren, his late brother Jim Yocum, and his late aunt, Pearl Seiders.
A memorial service will be held at 1 pm on Sunday, October 9, 2016 at the Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 121 W. Park Place, Newark, where a visitation will be held from 12 Noon until 1 pm. Friends and relatives are invited to a gathering honoring Bob’s memory at the family home immediately after the service.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the Acoustic Neuroma Association, 600 Peachtree Parkway, Ste 108, Cumming, GA 30041 or the Brooklyn Community Bail Fund, 195 Montague St., 14th Floor, Brooklyn, NY 11201 or to the Second Chance Animal Rescue, P.O. Box 570701, Whitestone, NY 11357.