Robert Eugene Pine 1920 - 2008 Boulder, Colo.
A memorial service for Robert Eugene Pine, 88, Boulder, Colo., will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Crist Mortuary in Boulder. Burial will be Monday at Memorial Lawn Cemetery in Lawrence.Mr. Pine died Sunday, Nov. 9, 2008, in Boulder.He was born Feb. 28, 1920, in Lawrence, the son of Albert Raymond and Ethel Anthis Pine. He grew up on a truck farm in North Lawrence that was owned by his father. He attended Kansas University, where he earned a Bachelor of Musical Education degree in 1941 and a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1946. He received a Master's Degree in Personnel Service from the University of Colorado. Mr. Pine was a naval aviator for 22 years and was active in several campaigns in the Pacific during World War II, including the Battle of Leyte Gulf. He was a dive bomber pilot and carrier landing signal officer. After the war he served on several carriers. He received a Distinguished Air Medal for flying the Berlin Airlift, and taught Naval Science at the University of Colorado, where he held several staff positions. After retiring from the Navy, he was a housing administrator at the University of Colorado for 25 years. After his retirement, Mr. Pine and his wife traveled extensively, to destinations including each of the world's 192 recognized countries as well as 123 territories and island groups. They were recognized by the Colorado State Senate and House of Representatives as the world's most traveled couple.Survivors include his wife of 66 years, Dorothy May Pine, formerly of Lawrence; a daughter, Judith Young, Broomfield, Colo.; two sons, Jeffrey, Blackhawk, Colo., and Jeremy, Longmont, Colo.; seven grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.He was preceded in death by a brother, Herbert, of Lawrence, and two sisters, Clara Hicks and Alberta Ralston, both of Phoenix.The family suggests memorials to Douglas County Visiting Nurses, Rehabilitation and Hospice Care, 200 Maine St., Suite D, Lawrence, KS 66044.