Academic journal article Journal of Family and Consumer Sciences

Obituary: Robert Theobald, Futurist June 11, 1929- November 27, 1999

Academic journal article Journal of Family and Consumer Sciences

Obituary: Robert Theobald, Futurist June 11, 1929- November 27, 1999

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Robert Theobald was a speaker at the AAFCS Annual Meeting in Seattle last June and took great delight in interacting with members. He continued informal exchange long after his allotted time and, like a Pied Piper, led a small parade of interested attendees to another room to continue the dialogue. He then spent over an hour signing his books and talking to individuals. What was striking about him was his gentle presence coupled with an infectious enthusiasm and the fact that he did not so much lecture on his views as he engaged his audience, He was as interested in what was being said to him as what he had to impart. His last comment to an AAFCS staffer who accompanied him at the book signing was how much he looked forward to being a part of the next AAFCS annual meeting in Chicago.

It was, of course, not to be. He was very ill in June and died 5 months later of cancer of the esophagus, which had been diagnosed 2 years earlier.

Born in India and a British subject, an economist by training (M.A., Cambridge) and futurist by choice, he was the author of more than 25 books, including Reworking Success and The Rapids of Change. …

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