‘Doc’ Warren remembered
Robert D. “Doc” Warren, whose connection to Bloomsburg University spans more than 50 years, died in his Danville area home Friday, July 9, at about 11 p.m.
Warren, 88, who received honorary alumnus status in 1995, taught history at BU from 1964 to 1983. After his retirement, he continued to advise Sigma Iota Omega, the social fraternity he founded. In 2000, he received the University Medallion and in 2002 he received an Eberly Award from the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education’s Fund for Advancement in honor of his contributions to the university.
In 2005, BU’s Council of Trustees voted to rename the Student Services Center in Warren’s honor, recognizing his dedication to BU as a faculty member, fraternity adviser and long-time financial supporter. The honor also acknowledged Warren’s gift of a $1 million trust through the Bloomsburg University Foundation, one of the largest individual donations in BU history. Warren previously endowed a portion of the Presidential Leadership Program with scholarships that were renamed in his honor and established eight endowed scholarships for SIO.
Late last year, he donated more than 600 items from his personal collection of Asian art to the university, along with about 40 pieces of crystal to be used at Buckalew Place.
“The university has lost a true friend,” said BU President David Soltz. “Doc’s devotion to our students was evident is so many ways, most notably in the emphasis he placed on anything of service to students. We will miss him tremendously, but thanks to the Warren Student Services Center, his name will live on for generations.”
A memorial service is planned for Saturday, July 31, at 2 p.m. at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Bloomsburg. Memorial donations may be made to the Robert D. Warren Scholarship, in care of the Bloomsburg University Foundation, 400 E. Second St., Bloomsburg, Pa. 17815.