Robert Heinich
1923 - 2020
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May 31, 1923
January 12, 2020
Robert Heinich died Sunday, January 12th after a short illness. Bob was born in New York City, May 31, 1923. After graduating from Stuyvesant High School, Bob joined the U.S. Army Air Corps. While stationed in Denver, he found he loved the mountains and wanted to stay in Colorado. After leaving the Air Corps, Bob attended University of Northern Colorado at Greeley graduating with a B.A. and M.A. in Education and meeting and marrying Christine Finegan. Together they spent the next 10 years in Colorado Springs working in School District 11 where Bob headed the audio-visual program. In 1962 Bob entered the Ph.D. program at University of Southern California. After graduating, he spent over 30 years teaching at Indiana University. Upon his retirement, Bob and Christine returned to their beloved Colorado where they spent the next 25 years. Bob is survived by his wife Christine, their son Paul and his wife Barbara. He will be buried in Mancos, Colorado.

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Published in The Gazette on Jan. 15, 2020.
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April 7, 2020
It is with great sadness I just learned about Bob's passing. He, Christine and I have known each other since those days long ago at the University of Southern California.

I have a lot of fond memories of the friendship we shared while we lived in California and especially of my time visiting them in both Bloomington and at their cabin in Colorado.

Much love to Christine and Paul.
Gary Ferrington
February 12, 2020
I was also on the trip to Hangzhou, China in 1986. It was a very different China and a very different world long before the Internet or even fax machines. Bob was a true gentleman and my heart breaks for Christine.
Sam Hillenburg
February 10, 2020
Bob and Christine were the faculty leaders of an exchange program between IU and HangZhou university in 1986. They were terrific mentors, traveling companions, explorers.

Sending my best to Christine, sad for your loss.
Kevin Atkins
February 5, 2020
He will be missed by all who knew him. My sympathy to Chris and Paul and family.
Sherie Lemon
January 17, 2020
Bob was a mentor for many of us who went through the graduate program at Indiana University. He helped me avoid expressing the worst side of myself (with gentle but helpful advice) and until a couple of years ago was continuing to point me to the next question I should be asking. He had a terrific way of saying I like what you've done - but have you thought of .. I always benefited from taking his advice. He had such a rich professional background that he could see issues from many different points of view but always was clear about his own.
Richard Clark
January 15, 2020
With Bob at Air Museum 2006
Bob was a close colleague and great friend during his years at Indiana University. There was no-one I more enjoyed working with. He was seriously brilliant and well-informed, but equally ebullient and good-humored. We played racquetball regularly for a decade and I beat him maybe 10 times, but it was always great fun.

He was a giant in the field of Instructional Technology. His foundational works are still being read and appreciated. The field will miss his voice and I will miss his friendship.

Condolences to Chris and Paul. Your loss is even greater than ours.
Michael Molenda
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