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CARE Member Contributions to The Next Thirty Years

Robert G. Barthol - In Memoriam
Submitted by Mrs. Barthol and former student Melanie Sherman Clark
Chabot College

A loving tribute to my husband Bob, with cherished memories of our life together and for touching so many lives with his gift of teaching.

Prior to teaching Administrative Justice classes at Chabot, Bob was an FBI Agent for 26 yrs. He inspired many law enforcement students with his determination, integrity, and wonderful sense of humor. Excerpts from this student letter dated Aug. 20th,2006, reflect just one of many expressions of appreciation that he received over the years:

From former student Melanie Sherman Clark:
August 20, 2006

Dear Mr. Barthol:

It has been a long time since I have talked to you. I was in your AJ classes at Chabot back in the early 1970s. You let me participate in research for your book, "Protect Yourself" and you provided lots and lots of material for my research speeches on con games and shoplifting. You taught me how to shoot straight and showed me how to learn penal codes so well I remember them today.

I attended your barbershop quartet concert and your end of the year barbeque and I toilet papered your house on your birthday and got caught by you. For punishment, you invited us all in for cake and ice cream. Wow! I still smile about that.

With your education, I went on to become a police assistant, a deputy sheriff, a private investigator and a fraud investigator with a nationally known insurance company. In my forties I gave up all that to work regular hours with weekends and holidays off, and took a job in accounting a a manufacturing company in the Pacific Northwest.

I would really like to take this opportunity to thank you for the time and effort you spent to teach, to show, to lead. Your help and encouragement meant a lot to me. You made a difference in my life.

When I sent my daughter off to college, I encouraged her to find a mentor in her chosen field. I told her not to be afraid to go talk to him/her during office hours. She has recently graduated from University of Washington. She followed my advice and found a wonderful instructor who really gave encouragement and help to a handful of students willing to do extra work and go the extra mile.

In a way, you made a difference in her life too.

Thank you for all you have done and for the warm memories I have of you.


Melanie Sherman Clark

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