Dr. W. Robert ”Bob” Stamper, 85 yrs., of Honey Brook, formerly of Hatboro, Dresher, and Old Zionsville PA, died peacefully after a short illness on Friday, July 27, 2018, at Neighborhood Hospice in West Chester.

He was born on July 28, 1932 in Philadelphia.  Bob was the son of the late John W. B. and Louise S. (Pleiss) Stamper.  He was the husband of Christiane (Schneider) Stamper, with whom he shared 55 years of marriage.  

He was preceded in death by his older sister, Louise Stamper.

Surviving in addition to his wife, are:

-    Younger sister Barbara Brown along with her husband Edgar Brown of Sellersville PA.  

-    Christopher Mark (son) and his wife, Lorrie Watson Stamper of Prattville AL. Christopher is a retired Navy Commander, who is a professor at the US Air Command and Staff College, and is also part owner of a CrossFit gym. They have two daughters Allie and Grace.

-    Richard Eric (son) and his wife, Lisa Marie Stamper of Green Lane PA. Richard is an Architect in Telford PA.  They have three children Jacob, Emma, and Zachary.

Bob was a teacher, who taught biology, science, and chemistry for over 40 years in several local high schools, including Penn Charter, North Penn, Cheltenham, and Abington Friends School.  He retired after spending the last 20 years as an adjunct Professor at Muhlenberg College in Allentown.  He valued the importance of education and knowledge and saw and understood the lasting impact it could have on all his students lives. Bob won the National Biology Teacher of the year award in 1974. He was director of the PJAS, Montgomery County and Delaware Valley Science Fairs for numerous years. He was also a finalist for NASA's Space Shuttle Teacher in Space program.

Bob received his undergraduate Bachelor of Education degree from University of Penn in 1955. He then later received his Masters in Biology (1959) and Doctorate in Zoology (1969) from Penn State University.

Bob enjoyed world travel and has literally traveled over the entire planet. Gardening was a labor of love in addition to a passion. He was part of the Rhododendron Society, Rock Garden Society, and was a member of many local garden clubs. He appreciated the great outdoors, was an avid photographer and birder.  He also contributed to the arts as a musician (choir director at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Hatboro for 12 years, played piano and violin), and dabbled in pottery, and mystery writing.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, August 11, 2018 at 11 AM in the Center for Worship and Performing Arts at Stone Croft, at the Tel Hai Retirement Community, 4000 Tree Line Drive, Honey Brook, Pa., with Chaplin David Hicks officiating.  Interment will be private at the convenience of the family.  For directions to Tel Hai, please visit www.telhai.org

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in the memory of Bob to the Tel Hai Care Assurance Fund, PO Box 190, Honey Brook, Pa.  19344-0190.  

For additional information and online condolences, please visit www.thelabsfh.com

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I was saddened to hear of Bob's passing and am so sorry for your loss Chris. I lived across the street from Bob and Chris and have many fond memories of this lovely couple. I was invited to photograph their gorgeous property (the attention to detail was mind boggling) and always enjoyed chatting with them. Seeing their pictures and hearing the narrative from their trip to Viet Nam was like attending a personalized National Geographic special (ditto for the country in Africa they visited). Simply a remarkable man.

~ Cheryl Lagler Zionsville, PA
8/2/2018 11:36:24 AM


8/1/2018 2:13:59 PM

Christa our thoughts are with you. Both of us always enjoyed our friendship and will miss Bob greatly.

~ Tom and Ingrid Rivel
7/31/2018 8:47:13 PM

Bob was a beloved member of our family. He will be missed by so many. His wife, Christa, is my sister.

~ Renate Plank Blue Bell, PA
7/31/2018 3:21:07 PM

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