Hometown: Lake Oswego, Oregon
Born on Long Island in 1953, I moved to Bethesda, Maryland where I attended high school and was a co-captain of the swim team. I returned to Long Island in the summers to lifeguard on the Atlantic Ocean at Nassau Beach. I went on to college at the University of Colorado where I developed a love for the high mountains, and graduated in 1976 majoring in Philosophy & Physics. I began working at Denali National Park during the summers while attending Colorado. After graduating I continued working at Denali, but spent my winters traveling overseas. In 1979 I began my studies at the University of Oregon Law School where I focused my studies on Natural resources and Environmental Law. While at Oregon I also rediscovered competitive swimming. I successfully graduated with a JD in 1982 and was named a Long Distance All American by US Masters Swimming in 1983.
I moved to Santa Barbara, California during the late 1980's where I practiced law. In addition to working and raising a family, I found a renewed passion for surfing and open water swimming. I was the Head Swim Coach for Santa Barbara Special Olympics for 7 years; and I created the "Bob's Bluffs" campaign to contribute to a much larger effort to privately purchase the Carpinteria Bluffs for use as a public park. I returned to Oregon in 2004 where I now live with Diana my wife of 22 years, our 2 grown children, 12 year old son and 2 grandchildren.
In 2010 I established Bob Swims (www.bobswims.com). Bob Swims emerges from my passion for a couple of reasons. First is what I see as an urgent need to raise awareness of the great tragedy that results when someone takes their own life. It affects so many people in so many ways. Second, is to have an opportunity to pursue the joy I find in open water swimming.
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