Bob Strickland

[22 JAN 1933 - H1 - 20374]



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Rich Cardillo - Smitty Smetana - Dick Auer - Sally Bean - Judy Finley - Inez Cardillo - Elaine Smetana - Ann Crock - Bob Strickland - Dave Finley [CO Front Range Luncheon - JUN 2015]



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Doyle - Bob Strickland - Jeter - Axup
[60th Reunion - May 2015]



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Todd Graham and Bob Strickland's
[60th Reunion - May 2015]



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Bob Strickland's - Bud DeMaris - Don Smith's - Todd Graham - Robinson -
Bill Streett and Mary Sansalone - Trobaugh's [60th Reunion - May 2015]



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Ken Wilson - Bob Strickland - Dave - Caye and David (son) Wheeler - Angee Fikaris - Helen Wilson - Kathleen and Donne Olvey - Pete Fikaris [Fla. West Coast '55'ers Lunch - JAN 2013]



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The Greek - Bob Strickland - Donne Olvey - Dave Wheeler - Kathleen Olvey - Caye Wheeler - Helen Wilson - Angee Fikaris - Ken Wilson [APR 2011]



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Caye Wheeler - Joe Franklin - Pirkey - Wheeler - Fikaris - Auer - Lynn and Bob Strickland - Olvey's son Anthony '88 [MacDill AFB FDD - 1999]



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Lynn and Bob Strickland
[FL FDD - 1992]



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Bob and Lynn Strickland
[1988]



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[10th Reunion - 1965]

Standing [L to R]: Weaver - Lewis - Turner - Chikalla - Gallup - O'Brien - Freed - Hadly - Wix - ? - Streett - ? - Reb Young - Quinn - Lenio - ? - Perkins - Thorsen - ? - Nieves - Sherman - Burroughs - Giza - Traut - Sloan - Gay - Paul Parks - Andrews - Ginter - Bates - McNair - ? - Lichtenberg - Nidever - Secord - Feagin - Cathey - Herren - ? - ? - Ludwig - ? - ? - ? - Ralls - ? - Shimunek - Macdonald - ? - ? - ? - ? - ? - Bob Strickland - Front [L to R]: Soper - Newton - Dax - Chance - Schmidt - Shideler - Bergen - Matteson - Hargrove - Hornbarger - Steakley - Stevens - Drummond - Rudzki - Knierem - Wargowsky - ? - Stern - ? - ? - Livesay - Dickson - Michalove - Hagan - Landers - ? - Blitch - ? - Cardillo - Ordway - Trobaugh - Crancer - Maus - LaFrenz - Sydenham - Strom - ? - Howie Stone - Schepps - Raymond - Spellman - Sanderson ? - Wray - Fikaris - Stevenson - Sims - ?

Larger Size



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? - John Pickitt - Bob Meisenheimer - Bob Strickland - Don Giza - Del Jacobs [Pilot Training @ Marianna FL AB - c1955]



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H-1 Firsties - 1st Row: Brooks - Bob Strickland (CO) - Town - Crawford - Jacobs - Harris - 2nd Row: Todd Graham - Parsons - Wheeler - Rudzki - Carrington - 3rd Row: Schuh - Thornquist - Dion - Gamble - 4th Row: Pratt - Wheaton - McNiven - Longbottom - Howard (Absent: Rundle and Don Smith)



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2012 AOG Online Register Entry

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ROBERT KIRBO STRICKLAND

CLASS OF 1955 (20374)
(August 2008)

Robert Kirbo Strickland was born in Royston, GA, January 22, 1933, the only son of Hunter and Nancy Strickland.

In his early years, he and his Mother lived in a variety of small towns in the Southern USA with his father, who was a US Army officer developing CCC camps. In 1939, he and his family moved back to Georgia, but WW II intervened and he and his Mother again followed his Father through a variety of assignments all over the USA. After the war, the family resettled in Eatonton, GA.

From 1947 until 1950, he spent his high school years in Eatonton and on the family farm in Camilla, GA in the summer. He graduated from Eatonton High School in 1950 and was an All State football player and Valedictorian of his high school class.

In January 1950, he joined the Georgia National Guard and spent part of the summer of 1950 in Fort Jackson, SC in National Guard summer camp. In the fall of 1950 He went to Georgia Tech on a Navy ROTC scholarship but in the summer of 1951, he got an appointment to West Point and reported for Plebe year on July 3, 1951.

His West Point years were challenging but very satisfying. He played soccer all four years and was a member of the track and wrestling teams in his plebe and yearling years. As a First Classman, he was Company Commander, Company H-1. He graduated in 1955 and was fortunate enough to get a USAF assignment as flying was a life long dream.

He graduated from flying school in 1956 and married the love of his life, Lynn Dartnell, whom he had met when he was a cadet at USMA. His first assignment was flying RF-84F's in Larson AFB, Washington. For the next 22 years she followed Bob through 20 different assignments and 17 moves including tours in Alaska, where they drove up the Alcan Highway in a pickup truck camper, and the Philippine Islands where he flew 160 combat missions in jet fighters in Vietnam and Thailand. Other assignments included Texas (2), Colorado (2), Saudi Arabia, Virginia, and Florida. His jobs ranged from assignments on Joint Staffs, to ADC to two major joint command commanders, to jet fighter unit commands and his final assignment as Head, Physical Education Department, US Air Force Academy. During those years he and Lynn raised three wonderful children, two boys (Blaine and Tom) and a girl (Jill), as they traveled around the world. Among his military awards were the Legion of Merit, 10 Air Medals and numerous performance awards and service medals.

He retired from the USAF as a full colonel in 1977 at the USAF Academy. He and Lynn moved to St. Petersburg where he immediately went into commercial real estate brokerage. For the next___ years he became involved with every aspect of commercial real estate. He was awarded the prestigious CCIM designation in 1984 from the National Association of REALTORS, and was a founding member of the Florida Gulf Coast Commercial Association of REALTORS and its third president. He was also involved in State REALTOR activities both at the REALTOR level and through the State CCIM program. He was the CCIM West Coast District president in 2004. As an aside, in 1986 he and his son, Blaine were the only father/son CCIM's in the country.

He was also active in St. Petersburg City Government and was Chairman of the Planning and Historic Preservation Commission in 1996. Along with commercial real estate brokerage, he taught real estate licensing courses and participated in multiple real estate developments including being one of the principal developers of "The Cloisters on Beach Drive", a 14- story 32 unit, high end condominium project in downtown St. Petersburg, FL. In addition to a number of social and professional associations, he and Lynn were long time members of First Presbyterian Church of St. Petersburg, FL and for many years maintained the Memorial Garden at the Church.


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How I got my appointment to West Point

In January 1950 as a senior in high school, I joined the Georgia National Guard to follow my father into the Army. He had been a reserve officer during WW II and my Mother and I followed him from assignment to assignment until he was sent overseas to the PI in 1945. I enjoyed that lifestyle and the Army routine and wanted to make it a career. I graduated from Eatonton High School in Eatonton Ga. in June 1950, and shortly thereafter my Guard unit was sent to Fort Jackson for combat training before being activated for the Korean war. In the meantime, my parents pressed me hard to go to college before going into the Army. I filled out a number of applications for scholarships and with great good fortune received an NROTC scholarship to Ga. Tech. I was able to switch from the Ga. National Guard to the Navy regular ROTC program before my Guard unit was activated in September. I entered Ga. Tech in the fall of 1950. Incidentally, my roommate that year was John Young, the astronaut.

At Christmas, 1950, while I was home on break I learned Representative Carl Vinson was looking for eligible candidates for his West Point appointments and I applied. I received a first alternate spot and went to Atlanta to take the qualifying exams. As luck would have it, the Principal appointee failed the exams and I got the nod to join the Class of 1955 in June 1951. Before Graduation, I decided I really wanted to fly and fortunately I was able to get a commission in the USAF and ultimately get my Wings.

Bob Strickland, CCIM
Colonel, USAF, Ret'D.
14 AUG 2010


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Evelyn "Lynn" (Dartnell) Strickland

STRICKLAND, Evelyn Ann Dartnell was born in Newark, NJ, on July 23, 1936, as the second daughter of Thomas and Louise Dartnell. She went to meet her Lord on March 18, 2013 in the arms of her loving family. For the first 19 years of her life, Lynn, as she was always called, lived in Verona, NJ and enjoyed the benefits of a small town lifestyle with summers at the beach in Ocean Grove, NJ.

After high school she attended Skidmore College in the nursing program, but decided to marry Bob on Aug. 25, 1956, before she finished. For the next 22 years she followed Bob through 22 different assignments and 17 moves including tours in Alaska in 1964, and the Philippine Islands in 1967. Also during this time they had three wonderful children, Blaine, Tom and Jill. In addition to being a mother, Lynn spent many volunteer hours in on-base activities and in the base medical and dental clinics as a volunteer. She also served in many roles in the officer's wives groups, often chairing them at several bases. In her leisure hours she enjoyed tennis and golf and won several league and base championships over the years.

After Bob retired, the family settled in St. Petersburg in 1977, and Lynn immediately involved herself in many community activities as well as a regular tennis program. She also found time to complete her college degree in the PEL program at Eckerd College. She was an Elder of the First Presbyterian Church, and participated in a number of Church activities from committee assignments to Meals on Wheels. For many years she, and husband Bob, voluntarily maintained the Memorial Garden at the Church. Probably her most rewarding volunteer effort was as a Docent for 20 years at the Museum of Fine Arts. During those years she spent considerable time learning the world of art and also developed as an artist herself.

She is survived by her loving husband of 56 years, Bob; son, Blaine and his wife, Eileen, and children, Casey and Bobby; son, Tom and his wife, Bonnie, and children, Ashley and Tommy and his wife Kim; Jill Williams and husband, Andy Williams, and children, Whitney and Drew, and Joan Stanley; her sister and husband John Stanley. A memorial service is scheduled for 2:30 on Friday, March 29, 2013 in The First Presbyterian Church, 701 Beach Drive NE in St. Petersburg. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the First Presbyterian Church Memorial Garden Fund or Suncoast Hospice.


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