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Bob D. Whitman
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“I met Bob, his mom Ingeborg, and pal Warren in person many years ago when I attended my first Cryptanthus Society conference. Prior to that, I had...Read More »
1 of 17 | Posted by: Lynn Rowe - Vancouver

“Bob was an inspiration to many of us in the rabbit world! His interest in the Lionheads will keep his memory alive for those of us who continue the...Read More »
2 of 17 | Posted by: Cheryl Rafoth - Port Townsend,, WA

“Our greatest condolences to your family.ARBA & the rabbit world has lost a fine man who brought many rare and beautiful breeds to North America.We...Read More »
3 of 17 | Posted by: Chris & Tony Berry - Calgary

“MY BROTHER AND I GREW UP DOWN THE STREET FROM BOB. BOB WAS A WONDERFUL GUY. WE SHARED A LOT OF STORIES ABOUT PLANTS.ARE PRAYERS ARE WITH THE FAMILY....Read More »
4 of 17 | Posted by: debora bright - nederland, TX

“May you rest eternally with a beautiful garden to relax in and many rabbits there to keep you company. ”
5 of 17 | Posted by: Ray Stacy - Escalon, CA

“Bobby, what can I say? You will always be in my heart, and I miss you more each day. Words cannot express my love for you, and you knew that. You...Read More »
6 of 17 | Posted by: Sandy Whitman - Mauriceville, TX

“My heart goes out to Bob's family. He cannot be replaced or forgotten. I feel privileged to have worked with Bob and to have been one of his...Read More »
7 of 17 | Posted by: Sharon S. Odegar - Orange,, TX

“Even though I only met Bob once or twice in person, he had a big impact in my life. As a youth, I was fascinated by all that he wrote about rabbits...Read More »
8 of 17 | Posted by: Rebecca Hanson - Brandon, SD

“Bob and I corresponded often in the past concerning his love for the Enderby Island Rabbits.He will truly be missed by all who knew him.Sleep well,...Read More »
9 of 17 | Posted by: Don & Bonnie Havlicek - Edmore, MI

“The loss of Bob will impact the rabbit community as no other has. His love of researching the history of the domestic rabbit and the organization of...Read More »
10 of 17 | Posted by: Lorena Ferchaud - Rough and Ready, CA

“To Bob's family, you are in my prayers. I never met Bob but read everything he wrote with joy. His dedication to rare breeds inspired me to breed...Read More »
11 of 17 | Posted by: Debbie Voyles - Salem, OR

“My thoughts and prayers are with you during this time. I didn't know Bob that well, but my son, Mark did, and it's been such a big loss to him. May...Read More »
12 of 17 | Posted by: Jean Behrens - Beaumont, TX

“My sincere condolences to the family. Bobby was my friend and I feel fortunate to have known him since he was a young man. As the years have gone...Read More »
13 of 17 | Posted by: Carrol Hooks - Moody, TX

“To Bob's great family: Being far away I never had the chance to get to know the unique Bob Whitman and only know him and his career from lovely...Read More »
14 of 17 | Posted by: Volker Doege - 21682 Stade

“To Bob's family: Bob was a wonderful friend to my daughter Jessica Yancey. I met Bob on several occassions and was a very nice person who would help...Read More »
15 of 17 | Posted by: Ruth Yancey - Beaumont, TX

“I have enjoyed knowing Bob via the many rabbit email groups he was on, particularly the Rarebreeds group. He was always willing to help people with...Read More »
16 of 17 | Posted by: Donna Williams - Whistler, TX

“When my Mother called me and told me that Bob had passed away i was shocked at first and then i cried for about 2 hours. Bob was such a good friend...Read More »
17 of 17 | Posted by: Jessica Yancey - Knoxville, TN


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Bob D. Whitman, 55, lost a sudden and unexpected battle with cancer on Wednesday, June 10, 2009, at his home in Beaumont, TX.A memorial service for family and friends will be held at the Beaumont Botanical Gardens on Sunday, July 12, 2009, at 2:00 p.m.Bob is preceded in death by his father, Russell W. Whitman. He is survived by his mother, Ingeborg M. Whitman, brother, Clint W. Whitman and wife, Sandy, and brother, Scott W. Whitman, all of Mauriceville, TX.Bob was Executive Director for the Beaumont Botanical Gardens, up until early May 2009, when he tendered is resignation due to health reasons. In addition, Bob held the position of American Rabbit Breeders Association (ARBA), District 4 Director, representing the states of Arkansas, Colorado, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas.Bob had two passions in life…plants and animals…both of which, for those that knew him, would say he sometimes took to the extreme. Bob's home is a virtual shrine to any and all things having to do with rabbits, and is currently featured in the magazine, Rabbits USA 2009, (Fancy Publications), in an article titled, "Fascinated By Rabbits". Bob was a prolific writer on the subject of rabbits. He recently had two books published: Domestic Rabbits & Their Histories – Breeds of the World, and 1001 Ways To Cook Rabbits. Bob wrote a monthly column for the magazine, Fur & Feather of England, and wrote a bi-monthly column entitled "Historically Speaking", for the ARBA magazine, Domestic Rabbits, (his last column was on the history of Holland, Mini and American Fuzzy Lops, with the help and support of his sister-in-law, Sandy Whitman). Bob had recently agreed to write a book on rabbits for BowTie Press, for their Hobby Farm series, but was unable to complete it due to his illness. Bob also had a web site where he wrote about rabbits: www.rarebitsandpieces.com.The following is a collection pieces written by friends, and Bob himself, that share more about his life and accomplishments:1)As mentioned above, Bob was the ARBA District 4 Director. The following is what he wrote about himself to campaign for re-election to the position:CANDIDATE BOB D. WHITMANMy name is Bob D. Whitman and I am running for my third term as District 4 Director which represents the states of AR, CO, NM, OK, and TX. My home has been in Beaumont, Texas for the last 41 years. I joined the ARBA on March 5, 1968, which makes me a member for 41 years with a Life membership number of 488.Having joined the ARBA as a youth, I was extremely active. My accomplishments include founding the Golden Triangle Youth RC, President and Secretary of the Texas Youth RC, ARBA Youth District Director, Texas Rabbit King and Judging winner in 1969, Texas Youth Breeder of the Year in 1970, ARBA King in 1970, ARBA Judging winner in 1971 and Youth Convention Chairperson. In 1971, I was able to have the Governors of Texas and New Mexico issue proclamations for State Rabbit Week. I also imported English and French Lops from Scotland in 1971, as these breeds were extremely rare in the US at that time. I received my rabbit registrars license on the day that I graduated from high school (1972), becoming the youngest in the nation at that time. My first national convention was in Calgary, Canada, in 1969, where I had the honor of getting to know many of the great founding fathers of the ARBA.My involvement on the national level has been numerous; charter member of the Lop Rabbit Club of America (President 1975-76), charter member of American Beveren RC (Sec-Treas), American Himalayan Rabbit Club (VP), founder of the Rhinelander RC of America (Sec-Treas), Hotot Rabbit Club Int'l(Sec-Treas), North American Lionhead RC (President and Vice Pres.) and current President of the American Thrianta Breeders Assn. My rabbitry is called Rare Bits & Pieces.Rabbits took a back seat for a couple of years as I took a job in Saudi Arabia, but before returning to the states, I imported two shipments of Blanc de Hotots (large Hotots) in 1978 and was able to get them recognized by the ARBA. I have raised two breeds of cavies and 28 of our recognized breeds of rabbits, plus 12 breeds of rabbits not recognized in the US. This has led me to my passion concerning our rare and endangered rabbit breeds and the preservation of those rabbits. My interest was in preserving the Enderby Island Rabbit which I imported to this country and started breeding; but, I quickly found that more individuals needed to take an interest in what was needed for preservation because a few individuals could not do these projects alone. In September of 2002, I began working in earnest with the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy (ALBC) to have rabbits accepted into their organization. To me variety is the spice of life, and if I could, I would be keeping every breed as I enjoy working and promoting all breeds of rabbits. Each breed is unique in it's own way. In the 2 1/2 years of campaigning for the recognition of these endngered breeds, they were finally recognized as a viable source of our American heritage. I documented the populations of breeds of rabbits recognized in this country and around the world which are either rare or endangered to have them added to the ALBC list of animals. This involved world wide research with rabbit groups from different countries. This project has been continuous with yearly updates and research. One of the benefits has been the expansion of breeders taking an interest in these breeds and for the past 7 years some of these rabbit populations have grown. Through my involvement with the ALBC and ARBA, I am now a consultant on a DNA project to trace the origins of several rabbit breeds through DNA testing. This will enable rabbits to be truly recognized for their purity, something which has never been done. When this is completed we will have genetic evidence of the

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