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June 9th, 2007, 04:05 PM
From Dick Thomas:

Sadly, United States Masters has lost another friend and teammate far too early.

Bob Proebsting, a many-time US Masters All-American and World Champion passed away Monday, June 4 due to a massive heart attack, resulting from complications from his long battle with Parkinsonís disease and his weakened condition due to his cancer treatment 12 years ago. He was 69 years old.

Bob, a member of Tuolumne County Aquatic Masters, swam for Los Altos Masters from 1987Ė1994 where he achieved All-American status in each of those years. His best years were in 1993-94 where he won 18 individual National and 4 World championships in Butterfly and Freestyle events. He was also a member of numerous world record setting LAM relay teams. Sadly, at the top of his game, his swimming career was cut short by a near-fatal encounter with cancer. His survival was miraculous, but the chemo and radiation treatment severely weakened his cardio-pulmonary system to the point that he could no longer complete.

We are all really glad that, after 12 years, Bob had a chance to return to competition and to re-connect with the Masters community one last time last summer at the World Championships. It meant a lot to him to see so many old friends. We will really miss him. He was a one-of-a-kind character and a great friend to so many people in the Masters community.

If you would like to contact his wife, Arlene, you can e-mail her at arlene at sunshinemtn.com. I'm sure that she would love to hear from you.

A memorial service for Bob will be held in San Jose, California. Please bring a "Proebsting" moment or any pictures or memorabilia that you would like to share at the memorial.

Date: Saturday June 16th 2007
Time: 2:00PM - 4:00PM
Place: First Unitarian Church of San Jose
160 N 3rd St
San Jose, CA 95112

(409) 292-3858 Free parking is available nearby, at 4th St. and St. James.

There will be a light reception after the service. In lieu of flowers, Bob's family has requested that memorial donations in his name be directed to the Parkinsonís Disease Foundation. The foundation's website is:

https://www.pdf.org/Giving/memorial-online.cfm If you wish to let his family know that a donation has been made, please fill out the acknowledgement fields of the web page, as follows: Please send acknowledgement to

Arlene Proebsting
20765 Phoenix Lake Rd
Sonora, CA 95370

Los Altos Masters