Dr. Robert G. Kalinsky Obituary – Death, Dr. Robert G. Kalinsky Funeral
Dr. Robert G. Kalinsky, also known as “Papa Bob, Dr. Bob, Dr. K,” passed away peacefully in his home surrounded by his loving wife and daughter on January 10, 2022. He was born September 18, 1945, in Cleveland, OH to Agnes and Charles Kalinsky, along with his twin sister, Patricia. At the University of Dayton, in Dayton, Ohio, he earned his Bachelors in Biology, and then in 1969, he earned his Masters of Science at The Ohio State University and finished with PH.D. in 1973. In 1974 he moved to Shreveport, LA just as Louisiana State University in Shreveport became a 4-year academic institution. He, alongside several of his colleagues, taught the very first senior-level courses at LSUS as the Life and Environmental Sciences programs developed to the graduate level. In 2007, after 33 years of combined teaching and dedication to research, Dr. Bob retired as a Professor Emeritus.
Bob is preceded in death by his parents, Agnes and Charles Kalinsky. Left to cherish his memory are his loving wife of 16 years (201 months), Bernie Provenza Kalinsky; his daughter Robin and husband Ian Arrowsmith, his stepdaughter, Tamara Beard; and most special to him, granddaughter, Emma Arrowsmith and step granddaughters Katelin and Taylor Beard. He is also survived by his brother, Dr. Charles and wife Chris Kalinsky of Mentor, OH; his twin sister Patricia and husband Steve Springer of Mason, OH; nieces Kristy, Kari, Beth, Tracey, Allison, Lauren; and nephews Charles, David, Gary, and John.
He was affectionately known by his students as “Dr. Bob” or “Dr. K” and he expected and demanded that they did their very best; and he was proud to learn that most of his students ended up very successful as medical professionals, physical therapists, general allied health, and various areas of environmental sciences. He was very active in the higher educational services in Louisiana serving on various statewide educational committees; one of which included establishing an outstanding marine sciences center in Louisiana (LUCMON). He was very active in Louisiana sciences serving in many offices of the Louisiana Academy of Sciences. Since his retirement in 2007, Bob has focused his time and dedication to the nuisance aquatic vegetation on Cross Lake on a monthly basis and has helped to establish and advise on control methods to prevent the existing vegetation from getting out of control as Cross Lake is the main drinking water source for Northern Louisiana.
Bob took great delight in appreciating all the vegetation around him as this reflected in his passion for the sciences and his love of teaching. “Papa Bob” is best known for his witty sense of humor and his love and joy of being with his grandchildren. He enjoyed solving daily crossword puzzles, sudoku, and cooking/baking for his family. He was a devout Catholic and active in many service activities at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church, especially those that were sponsored by the Knights of Columbus Chapter.
The family would like to thank all of the Home Hospice staff, in particular, Nurse Evelyn, as well as his caregivers during his last few months, Bessie Holden, Rosalyn Mitchell, and Rhonda Valez for all their unconditional support, love, and care.
Visitation will be held on Saturday, January 15 from 10-11 A.M. at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church, 522 E. Flournoy Lucas Rd, Shreveport, LA 71115. Funeral mass will be concelebrated by Bernie’s great uncle, Msgr. Earl Provenza, and Father Pike Thomas at 11 A.M. Interment will take place at Forest Park East Cemetery, 3700 St. Vincent Ave., Shreveport, LA.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Education & Health Science department at the University of Dayton, OH at http://www.givecampus.com ; select make a gift online; designation to Education & Health Sciences.
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