Notes for: Robert A. Dierker

Obit - The Washington Post - September 2, 2014

DIERKER ROBERT ALLEN DIERKER, Esq. A loving father, grandfather, and fiercely devoted husband of 51 years who specialized in living life to the fullest and making a celebration out of the everyday, passed peacefully while listening to his family recount stories about his life, his favorite songs playing in the background, tightly embraced in the arms of his wife and three children on Tuesday, September 2, 2014. Robert Allen Dierker "Bob Dierker" was born April 21, 1946 in Dayton, OH. He graduated from Chaminade High School in 1964 and Ohio State University in 1968. With a sharp mind, and deep innate passion for justice, Bob Dierker pursued a successful legal career, studying at The University of Notre Dame Law School in London, England, and graduating from the Ohio State University School of Law in 1971. Upon graduation, he moved to Washington, D.C. to work for the U.S. Department of Justice, attorney general honors program from 1971-1974. From 1974 through 1990 he succeeded in various positions at the Smithsonian Institution, including Associate General Counsel and Deputy Assistant Secretary of Media. He helped the Smithsonian acquire Folkway Records; traveled extensively, helping shape the annual Folklife Festival; won an Emmy for Tales of the Human Dawn;and both an ACE Award and a Grammy for A Vision Shared: A Tribute to Woody Guthrie and Leadbelly. Passionate, kind, and hard working, Bob Dierker enjoyed his most recent position as general counsel for IMCI Technologies, where he was known not only for being a highly gifted attorney, but also a close friend to so many, always ready to help those in need. Bob Dierker had a passion for fine wine, good food and music, travel, and sharing these things with his many beloved friends and cherished family. He taught all who knew him about how to enjoy life just a little bit more than they did the day before. He is already so greatly missed. Bob Dierker is survived by his high school sweetheart and wife, Dr. Glory Fox Dierker; children, Maggie Fox Dierker, Esq., Glory Ann Stevenson and Robert Allen Dierker, Jr.; grandsons, William Rhett Rearden and Dylan Robert Stevenson; son-in-law, Nicholas Paul Stevenson and former son-in-law, Joseph Richard Rearden; brother, Edward Dierker and sister Dorothy McGuire, both of Dayton, Ohio; sister-in-law, Bonny Fox of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; and brothers-in-law, Tom Fox of Millfield, Ohio and Bill Fox of Crossville, Tennessee. The family will receive friends on Thursday, September 11, 2014 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Everly Wheatley Funeral Home, 1500 W. Braddock Rd., Alexandria, VA, where the Funeral Service will be held on Friday, September 12, 2014 at 11 a.m. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to TicToc's House, a not-for-profit organization founded on his behalf, inspired by his love for his family, to educate, support and protect struggling parents and vulnerable children, and named after his grandsons' loving nickname for him. A website is available for viewing pictures and posting tributes at: The world is a better place thanks to the life of Bob Dierker. The mark he made is eternal. We love you, Bobby D.We love you, Bobby D.

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Everly-Wheatley Funeral Home
1500 West Braddock Road Alexandria, VA 22302
(703) 998-9200

Published in The Washington Post on Sept. 7, 2014