Farewell, Bob.  We will miss you immensely.

Over 70+ years of service to the South Bay community, Bob Peterson served on several Boards of Directors including the First United Methodist Church, the Salvation Army in Redondo Beach, Hermosa Beach Rotary and the Beach Cities Symphony Orchestra for which he also proudly played the French Horn.  While we were excitedly preparing for Bob's 100th birthday on April 9th, suddenly and deeply sorrowfully, we lost him just 34 days shy.


Below is an excerpt from The Beachcomber, the March edition dedicated by Past President Jenn to the one and only Robert Peterson.  

For the full newsletter, please see e-blast dated March 13, 2021 or email for a copy: info@hermosabeachrotary.org.


Bob joined Hermosa Beach Rotary in 1950, the year our now-dining room was built. In fact, he helped build it. “I wasn’t much of a carpenter,” he quipped. 

Bob served as club president in 1964 and constantly joked that he was too smart to re-up for another term! Bob was instrumental in establishing our club’s relationship with the local schools: first with the “What the Constitution Means to Me” essay contest and later with Students of the Month.  He attended several Rotary International Conventions and loved to tell the story about how moved he was seeing Helen Keller as the keynote speaker at one. 



“A very special man who touched many, many lives, including mine.” 

Reverend Mike Olsen former RCHB member

“Such a sad day and huge loss... heaven gained a good one ... he was such a kind, warm, and charming person. “ 

Kim Taylor, HBCSD District Administrator and former Principal, Hermosa Valley School.