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“Joanne, Mark and Erich: so sorry we were late in hearing of Bob's passing. Helen told us when we visited our favorite Chinese restaurant. We are...Read More »
1 of 64 | Posted by: Tom and Carolyn Donnan - MI

“Joanne, Mark and Erich, I had the honor and great fortune to be a student, coworker, and protoge of Bob's. My sincerest condolences go out to you...Read More »
2 of 64 | Posted by: David Leone - Troy , MI

“Our family condolences to the family and friends of Bob - one of the true Gentlemen Chief Engineers of the auto industry. It was my fortune and...Read More »
3 of 64 | Posted by: Doug Coventry - Highland, MI

“Joanne & family All of Bob's and your SLOAN classmates will miss our good friend Bob. He and I always enjoyed discussions between cars and...Read More »
4 of 64 | Posted by: Millard Battles - Auburn, WA

“Just received the email about Bob's passing. My thoughts and prayers are with the Dorn family. Bob was a great engineer, teacher, mentor and leader...Read More »
5 of 64 | Posted by: John Neuman - Grosse Pointe Woods, MI

“It is with our most prayerful thoughts that we rember Bob.A good friend and agood person ”
6 of 64 | Posted by: Leonard &Patricia pilato - MI

“I was very sad to hear Bob passed away. Further, I missed the memorial service because we were out of town last week. I first meet Bob at...Read More »
7 of 64 | Posted by: Ross Martin - Oakland Twp, MI

“My husband Steve and I had the great pleasure of knowing Mr. Dorn while both of us worked at Cadillac. I facilitated many workshops and had the...Read More »
8 of 64 | Posted by: Maria Miller - BRIGHTON, MI

“Just received a note today on Bob's passing and wanted to express my sincere condolences to the Dorn family. I only had a short period of time of...Read More »
9 of 64 | Posted by: Bob Quick - Gold Canyon, AZ

“Our thoughts and prayers are with all of Bob's family. We included a tribute in the book Jay Wetzel compiled for Bob so I just sign off by saying...Read More »
10 of 64 | Posted by: Dave Hansen - Tequesta, FL

“Sorry to hear of the lost of a very fine engineer. I meant Bob when I worked for him at Chevrolet Engineering and he was chief engineer of the B Car...Read More »
11 of 64 | Posted by: William Gest P.E. - AZ

“Bob will always be remembered by those of us who worked for and with him as a true Gentleman and a terrific leader. I admired his ability to...Read More »
12 of 64 | Posted by: David Chambo - Lathrup Village, MI

“I have fond memories of learning with and from Bob in meetings of our Detroit-area Deming Study Group. I believe he truly experienced joy in work and...Read More »
13 of 64 | Posted by: Terry Begnoche - Farmington Hills, MI

“He was well-loved, and is sorely missed. I'm very grateful to have had what time with him that I did. Best wishes, and my deepest condolences. ”
14 of 64 | Posted by: Jon Sheppard - Kirkland, WA

“Dear Joanne, Mark and Erick, I was sorry to hear the final news about Bob. His many friends at GM helped keep the word out as to his condition. ...Read More »
15 of 64 | Posted by: William Wartinbee - MI

“Joanne, John Shettler forwarded this disturbing news too late for me to be at the Memorial service. The depth and integrity that marked Bob's every...Read More »
16 of 64 | Posted by: Len Allgaier - MI

“Joanne and family: We hope your coming weeks and months will be filled with rejoicing in sweet memories of times you shared together with a great...Read More »
17 of 64 | Posted by: Larry Bougsty - Holly, MI

“Joanne, Mark and Erich, My family and I are deeply saddened by Bob's passing. I greatly enjoyed our times together in Sagamore Beach, particularly...Read More »
18 of 64 | Posted by: Phil Coates - Sagamore Beach, MA

“It is hard thing to find the words that can help comfort so all I can say is; My thoughts are of you and my prayers with you. ”
19 of 64 | Posted by: John Silva - MI

“Joann Our deepest sympathy goes to you and your family during this trying time. It was a pleasure meeting and working with both of you. If you...Read More »
20 of 64 | Posted by: Richard Cadicamo - South Lyon, MI

“Our hearts and thoughts are with you during your time of loss. Please know that we may be far away but we are with you always. Love from your old...Read More »
21 of 64 | Posted by: Vincent & Nancy Gomez - Hinesburg, VT

“May the peace he sought in life be with Bob and his family, and the example he set as a professional be an inspiration to all who knew and worked...Read More »
22 of 64 | Posted by: Don Bednar - Shelby Twp., MI

“WE met in 1959 both just starting to work at Chevrolet Engineering. Bob was racing his Porsche Speedster at Waterford and both of us were sports car...Read More »
23 of 64 | Posted by: Bob & Lynne Crink - Edgecomb, ME

“Bob was my first boss at General Motors right after I came out of graduate school at the U of Michigan in 1970. I reported indirectly to him at the...Read More »
24 of 64 | Posted by: Al Kresse - Romeo, MI

“I had the privilage to work at Pontic Product Engineering while Bob was there. He brought inspiration to all who worked there. His radiant smile and...Read More »
25 of 64 | Posted by: Jim McIlrath - Waterford, MI

“Both my late husband, Karl, and I had the opportunity to work with Bob. He was truly a great engineer and superb leader - a rare combination of...Read More »
26 of 64 | Posted by: Sandra Shargabian - MI

“I worked with Bob on the 1991 to 1996 Cadillac product line-up. He was one of the most admirable people that I had the pleasure to work with at GM. ...Read More »
27 of 64 | Posted by: DICK RUZZIN - GROSSE POINTE PARK, MI

“Marty & I were privileged to coordinate some hundred testimonials to Bob before his passing. He was everyone's Chief Engineer and Friend. While each...Read More »
28 of 64 | Posted by: Jay & Marty Wetzel - MI

“I will always remember Bob for his integrity and hope that his family takes some comfort in the fact that he touched a lot of people in a very...Read More »
29 of 64 | Posted by: John Shufflin - Oxford, MI

“We send our deepest sympathy to you, Joanne, and Mark and Erich, on your loss of this wonderful man. It is so uplifting to read all the guestbook...Read More »
30 of 64 | Posted by: Bruce and Barbara Wellnitz - MA

“Joanne, the Schilke family extends our deepest sympathy to you and your family. Bob was a special person; I was proud to be his colleague and friend...Read More »
31 of 64 | Posted by: Neil Schilke - Rochester Hills, MI

“One journey is over and a new one begins. Bob was an inspiration and supporter to those of us who have worked with him over the many years of his...Read More »
32 of 64 | Posted by: Jim Aitken - Rochester, MI

“Joanne, on behalf on my Family and I, our deepest sympathies to You and Your Family. Bob is finally at Peace and with the Lord and his pain is at...Read More »
33 of 64 | Posted by: Tim Meixner - Brighton, MI

“Please accept my sincere condolences in the loss of your father, Erich. I have such fond memories of you and your family while you were in my Stage...Read More »
34 of 64 | Posted by: Diana Elshoff - Rochester Hills, MI

“When I first met Bob, he was already retired and 'commuting' between Massachussetts and Michigan. I consider myself to have been honored and...Read More »
35 of 64 | Posted by: Errol and Kaye Leslie - Palm Bay, FL

“As Bob often taught, a person must be a student, a teacher,a speaker, a listener, a leader and a follower as the situation dictates. Most of us have...Read More »
36 of 64 | Posted by: Sam Cataldo - Bellaire, MI

“Bob was a great mentor and coach to me when I was starting out at Cadillac Engineering back in the 70's. He created a great culture of teamwork and...Read More »
37 of 64 | Posted by: Ted Noble - West Bloomfield, MI

“The world will miss Bob. He was one of the "good guys" that really cared about the people side of the business. My sympathies to all the family,...Read More »
38 of 64 | Posted by: Dave Sharpe - Greensboro, GA

“Our sincerest condolences to Bob's family on the loss of a man of outstanding personal character. ”
39 of 64 | Posted by: Bill & Judy Buschmann - Palm City, FL

“Joanne and Family, We think of Bob as one of the very few true gentleman and dedicated warriors in the GM of the past. A bright star that will burn...Read More »
40 of 64 | Posted by: Pj and Lesli Early - Brighton, MI

“I offer my deepest sympathies to the entire Dorn family. Bob was one of the true gentlemen of our industry. ”
41 of 64 | Posted by: Terrence Quattro - Lake Orion, MI

“So sorry for your losses. I always looked up to Bob. He was a highly respected Engineer. Thomas Brock ”
42 of 64 | Posted by: Thomas A Brock - Fenton, MI

“Joanne, you and your family have our deepest sympathy and condolences. Bob was a great engineer and an even greater human being. ”
43 of 64 | Posted by: Jim and Joan Rucker - Northville, MI

“Though I did not have the honor of knowing you my husband Earle Stepp spoke highly of you and I offer my condolences to your family. ...Read More »
44 of 64 | Posted by: Angie Stepp - NV

“Rest in peace, Bob. I knew you and your family for a long time, back when your boys and my children were all on the same bus going skiing with the...Read More »
45 of 64 | Posted by: c reid rundell - Birmingham, MI

“I worked at the Milford Proving Grounds and Bob was our Chief Engineer. I will always remember him as a kind and gentle man. He was easy to respect...Read More »
46 of 64 | Posted by: Juanita Rogers - Milford, MI

“Joanne and boys, I was surprised to read about Bob in the paper today. My condolences to all of you. I knew Bob for many years, worked with him at...Read More »
47 of 64 | Posted by: Robert - Bloomfield Hills, MI

“Bob Is A real gentleman.The years I worked for him were the very best. ”
48 of 64 | Posted by: Paul l. Ulrich - Clarkston Mi., MI

“Bob will always be remembered as not only a great engineer, but a very humane individual who put the interests of many above the individual. His...Read More »
49 of 64 | Posted by: Lance Johnson - Bluffton, SC

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the Dorn family. ”
50 of 64 | Posted by: Fred and Jo Wojtalik - Huntsville, AL

“I have many memories working with you at Pontiac Engineering. ”
51 of 64 | Posted by: Bob Neuharth - Leland, MI

“Dear Family of Bob Dorn, We mourn the passing of Bob with you and pray the healing of Christ upon you in the months to come. There is much that...Read More »
52 of 64 | Posted by: Rick Ganfield - Bloomfield Hills,, MI

“Thanks, Bob, for all of your many , many positive contributions to all of us at GM. From my standpoint, Pontiac was the best. Thanks and we will see...Read More »
53 of 64 | Posted by: Bill Hoglund - MI

“Thanks, Bob, for all of your many , many positive contributions to all of us at GM. From my standpoint, Pontiac was the best. Thanks and we will see...Read More »
54 of 64 | Posted by: Bill Hoglund - MI

“My deepest sympathy to the Dorn family. Bob was one of the first people I met when I came to GM in 1958. We remained good friends throughout our...Read More »
55 of 64 | Posted by: Cardy Davis - Lake Forest, IL

“I knew Bob such a short time but wanted to say what a wonderful human being he truly was. Bob was a man of integrity and honor which places him...Read More »
56 of 64 | Posted by: Nelson Ritner - Venice, FL

“Bob Dorn. Dedicated to perfection, a great engineer and manager, a nice guy,and good friend. By us and many many others you will be missed. Rest...Read More »
57 of 64 | Posted by: Bill and Nancy Batterson - MI

“Annette and I share our deepest sympathy with the Dorn family. Bob will always be thought of as a great colleague and warm, wonderful human being. ...Read More »
58 of 64 | Posted by: Arv and Annette Mueller - MI

“My deepest sympathy to the family. Bob was always an inspiration to me, both because he was a great engineer, but more, because he was a man of...Read More »
59 of 64 | Posted by: Brooks Stover - Oakland, MI

“My deepest sympathy to the family. Bob was always an inspiration to me, both because he was a great engineer, but more, because he was a man of...Read More »
60 of 64 | Posted by: Brooks Stover - Oakland, MI

“Dear friend, your journey is now complete, along a road filled with many potholes. We take consolation in knowing you are no longer suffering, and...Read More »
61 of 64 | Posted by: Vince & Marilyn Bandurski - MI

“A Tribute to Bob Dorn Great guy, great engineer, great booster of General Motors, and great witness to our Lord and Savior! My first encounter with...Read More »
62 of 64 | Posted by: Ben Harrison - Farmington Hills, MI

“One fortunate consequence of the arrival of Dr. Deming on the automotive scene was my association with Bob. I admired Bob's thinking and calm style,...Read More »
63 of 64 | Posted by: Edward Baker - Scottsdale, AZ

“A gentleman, leader, engineer, friend. ”
64 of 64 | Posted by: Albert & Mary Jordan - MI


Bob was and graduate of Middlebury College in Vermont and General Motors Institute. He was the Chief Engineer for General Motors Corp., Chevrolet, Pontiac & Cadillac Division for 40 years. Beloved husband of Joanne for 42 years. Loving father of Mark and Erich. Dear brother of Kirk (Marilee) and Sharon Alspach (John). Also survived by many loving nieces and nephews. Memorial service Saturday 11a.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 1669 W. Maple Rd., Birmingham, MI 48009. In lieu of flowers family suggests memorial tributes to the church for Rejoice & Renew or the charity of donor's choice.

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