Robert J. Roth
Robert Roth left this earthly realm on April 4, 2017, after a prolonged illness against which he waged a heroic struggle. He was born on January 20, 1952, in Cleveland, Ohio, to Richard McKnight Roth and Joan Marie Johnston Roth.
The family moved to Texas in 1965. He graduated from Tascosa High School in Amarillo, followed by a year at Texas Tech University. He completed his Bachelor's Degree in Management, graduating from The University of Texas at Austin.
Shortly after graduation, Robert went to work for The University of Texas System Administration in downtown Austin. For the next 29 years, Robert worked in the Office of Human Resources where he held various employee benefits-related positions. During his career, he worked with all fifteen component institutions that comprised the U.T. System, helping to coordinate benefits and retirement programs. Some of Robert's areas of expertise included: Workers' Compensation Insurance; Unemployment Compensation Insurance; Tax-Sheltered Savings Programs; Group Insurance Administration; and the Optional Retirement Program.
He was awarded the Chancellor's Employee Excellence in Service Award for outstanding performance for his role in designing and implementing the Enhanced Optional Retirement Program in 1995. This was indicative of the vast expertise of subject matter, innovation, and meticulous attention to detail.
Following his retirement, Robert enjoyed an eclectic group of pastimes including reading, especially John Grisham novels; watching movies (he was an old movie junkie); gardening; traveling; and eating at new restaurants. He particularly loved pets and he especially loved his last dog, Kensi.
It is important to note that Robert was a kind man. He was modest and self-effacing. He never had an unkind or hurtful word for anyone. He lived his life such that he was the literal embodiment of the term "gentle man". He will be sorely missed by all of those who knew and loved him.
His last days were spent at the Hearthstone Health and Rehabilitation center in Round Rock. The dedicated and professional care and kindness of the wonderful staff of Hearthstone greatly enhanced the quality of his final days. He often stated that he considered them to be his family in addition to a number of fellow patients to whom he had become close. In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to Hearthstone or to your favorite pet-related charity.
Final arrangements have not yet been determined.