Rest In Peace

November 15th, 2011, 12:30H · Topics: Uncategorized · Print

Dr. Robert G. Self, Col. U.S. Air Force, Retired.
My dad.
He passed away this weekend after a long period of declining health.  Along with my mother he instilled an early love of the arts, travel, and exploration in my brother and I as we moved from one Air Force base to another around the U.S. and overseas.  We never missed an art gallery, zoo or historic site as we grew up. Every move was a new adventure and by the time we settled back in Florida for my High School years I had experienced more than many people do in a lifetime.  He served his country and his family well and in doing so set an example for me to carry forward.  It was a privilege to be his son.

This photo is of my dad indulging his love of cars while working on the medical team at the 12 Hours of Sebring endurance race around 1960 as a freshly minted doctor. It was a family event that we all tagged along on when ever we were stationed close enough to make the trip.

Bob Self/Vintage Jacksonville

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  1. 1 Mark Wallheiser November 15th, 2011 21:57H

    A nice tribute from a son to his father. Sorry for your loss Bob.

  2. 2 blake November 17th, 2011 8:19H

    nice tribute to your pops! =-)

  3. 3 Bob / Vintage Jacksonville November 17th, 2011 15:38H

    Thank You. I appreciate the kind words. He was a good man.

  4. 4 Chris Clark November 18th, 2011 6:09H

    Nice words to pay tribute to your father. My thoughts are with you, Lee, Jerri and the whole Self family at this time.

  5. 5 Daniel S. Anderson Jr August 15th, 2012 19:42H

    I had the pleasure of knowing a Dr. Self, Colonel, USAF, when he was the Commander of the Base Hospital at Patrick AFB, Cocoa Beach, Fl in the 1980’s .

  6. 6 Bob / Vintage Jacksonville August 15th, 2012 20:38H

    Daniel, Thanks for posting. Those were good years for our family. I was off to college at that point but have great memories of that duty base. I even worked a summer washing dishes at the Officer’s Club at Patrick. We buried my dad at Arlington National Cemetery in February and it was an amazing experience for the entire family. It was what he wanted and I’m sure he approved of the honor he was shown by everyone there. Bob Self/Vintage Jacksonville

  7. 7 Margaret Woods, Col (Ret) USAF NC April 9th, 2013 18:45H

    I served as Chief Nurse, Office of the Air Surgeon when your dad was the Air Surgeon at the National Guard Bureau. I left there in 1992 and often wondered what happened to him. So sorry to learn of his passing.

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