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Dr. Robert “Bob” Gerald Schwartz, 78, of Savannah, Georgia and husband of Carolyn “Carol” Soyars Schwartz, died Thursday morning, July 15, 2021, at St. Joseph’s Hospital.

Born in Chicago, Illinois, he was a son of the late Max M. Schwartz and the late Golda Smith Schwartz. Bob was a member of Congregation Agudath Achim in Savannah. He earned his doctorate in chemistry from Iowa State University. Bob was a tenured professor at Mercer University, Atlanta Campus. He left Mercer University in 2002 and became an endowed chair and distinguished professor at Eastern Washington University in Spokane. Bob and Carol retired to Savannah in 2009, where he enjoyed reading and spending time at the beach.

Survivors include his wife of 33 years, Carolyn “Carol” Soyars Schwartz; two sons, Jerry Schwartz and his partner, Katja Kolosovsky, and Benjamin Schwartz and his wife, Tomoko; one granddaughter, Miki; one sister, Eileen Schwartz, and one niece, Marissa Brooks.

The funeral service will be held at 11 o’clock Sunday morning, July 18, 2021, at the graveside, Bonaventure Cemetery, conducted by Rabbi Steven B. Henkin.

Remembrances: Congregation Agudath Achim – 9 Lee Boulevard, Savannah, Georgia 31405-5707.

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  1. Stanley Rosenberg says:

    So sorry to hear that Bob has passed away. He was a wonderful individual and a guest friend. May his memory be a blessing forever.

  2. Gary Muslin says:

    Sorry to learn about Bob’s passing. We had been very close friends in high school and college and I still enjoy telling stories on how clever we thought we were.

    My condolences to his family. I know Bob will be missed.

  3. Adam says:

    Love to all in remembrance of Uncle Bob. Will always have fond memories of his visits to NC to spend time with his family. I will miss him.

  4. Morgan says:

    I am so sorry that Bob is gone. He was a really great man and academic. He will be very missed—my condolences to Carol and the family.

  5. Willie Woolfolk says:

    I am sorry to hear of the passing of my former Marketing Professor Dr. Robert Schwartz. I learned a lot from this esteemed professor. Condolences to the family during this time.

  6. Florence Tang says:

    I am saddened to hear of the passing of Dr. Bob Schwartz, in the same year as that of his former Stetson School of Business colleague, Dr. Nancy Jay. Dr. Schwartz had a lively personality and will not be forgotten.

  7. Judith Brook says:

    So sad to learn of Bob’s passing. He was a colleague and professor of mine at Mercer, as well as a friend to my husband and me for longer. He will be missed. Our condolences to Carol and the rest of the family.

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