He is survived by his son Mark Doherty (Deborah Read) and two daughters Patricia (David) Strosnider and Terry Doherty (Dale Kruse). He has two grandchildren, Andrew and Tyler Strosnider.
His beloved wife of 50 years, whom he met while ski patrolling at Arapahoe Basin Resort, Bebee Doherty, died in 2007 in Moab, Utah, where they had retired since 1983.
Raised in Freeborn, Minn., and son of a small bank and farm owner father and a mathematics teacher mother, Robert moved to Colorado and acquired an associates degree in arts before joining the navy for a two-year, peacetime tour of duty. Upon returning, he attended Colorado University on the GI Bill and attained his Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering.
He graduated in 1950 and started working for the National Bureau of Standards with whom he traveled extensively setting up and calibrating LORAN navigational systems throughout much of the northern hemisphere.
He married in 1957, and he and wife Bebee built a home eight miles west of Boulder, up in the foothills of Sunshine Canyon. They raised their three children and lived in Sunshine Canyon until moving to Moab, Utah, for retirement in 1983.
When remembered by his college roommates, Robert was called gregarious, fun loving and adventurous – often the one who would lead the climb when everyone else balked. He had a passion for skiing and climbing. He was also extremely adept at cribbage, often “skunking” one or both of his daughters when they played.
His colleagues remembered him as steadfast, dependable, and above all else, highly inventive. He would try and usually succeed at fixing anything mechanical or electrical. His children and close friends have always known him as a man with more patience than an ancient tree, and with equal determination.
Services in the form of a daylong wake will be held on June 22 at Hog Hollow on the East Fork of the Williams Fork River near Hayden, Colo., at the home of Terry Doherty and Dale Kruse.