The Council is deeply saddened by the passing of Bob Schwartz, the Chair of our Board of Directors, who was a volunteer leader with the Council since our inception (almost thirty years ago).

Bob and David

Bob Schwartz and our CEO David A Harris

As we reach out to Bob’s family with our heartfelt condolences, we wish to celebrate his remarkable life.  Bob was a true humanitarian who cared deeply about any type of injustice and worked hard to make a difference on a daily basis.   His presence and enthusiasm were constant, energizing and uplifting. He had ideas and questions for us that made it clear he never stopped thinking of ways to serve more people, to do better.

He effortlessly balanced being a smart businessman and a compassionate human being.  He ran a highly successful company while engaging in a full roster of civic and community activities.  He knew about his employees and stepped in to help when they faced difficulties. He was a talented musician, whose Dixie jazz band, The Therapists, brought joy to the elderly.

In recent years Bob’s passion for peer tutoring led him to create the Peer Tutoring Resource Center with our help, a culmination of many years of concern for the success of all students.

Bob’s professional and volunteer accomplishments were recently honored by Oakland’s Mayor Libby Schaaf who declared December 14, 2016 as Robert Schwartz Day in the city.

We wish his wife, Debbra, and the Schwartz family comfort and peace during this difficult time. It has been our good fortune to have had Bob as part of the USC family and we will miss him immensely.

You can read Bob’s family’s reflections on his life and achievements here.

Bob & Junious

Bob Schwartz and our former CEO Junious