Robert (Bob) E. Claver, passed away on December 14, 2017.

Born May 22, 1928 in Chicago, Illinois to Louis and Sara (Sosna) Claver, Bob attended Senn High School and earned a Journalism degree from the University of Illinois, Champaign.

After serving two years in the US Army, Bob moved to New York City for his first job in the entertainment industry – a career that ultimately spanned four decades.

Bob began his career in television as a writer and producer, then as a director. He worked on over 50 TV series including: Captain Kangaroo, The Farmer’s Daughter, The Partridge Family, Here Come the Brides, Welcome Back Kotter, Mork and Mindy, Small Wonder, and Out of This World.

For a complete career retrospective in his own words view the 2004 American Academy of Television interview:

Bob considered himself extremely lucky because he loved what he did for a living. He also loved to read, spend time with family and friends, and listen to music while walking Chicago’s Miracle Mile.

Upon retirement, Bob returned to Chicago, then spent his final years in Redding, California near his daughter, Nancy; son-in-law, Dan Witherell; grandsons: Evan, Donald, Justin and Daniel; and great-grandson, Brayden.

He will also be remembered forever by best-friend, Katy Dowdalls; close extended family, Nancy and Jeff Zimmerman, Lynn Welt, Steven and David Seinfeld; and lifelong friends, Edith DeMar, Howard Blum and Edgar Gettleman.

Bob enjoyed a life well-lived. A memorable individual, his presence, wit, wisdom and infectious laugh will be missed.

Memorial donations may be made online to the Fisher Center for Alzheimer’s Research Foundation at; or a charity close to your heart.