Robert Charles Bleke, PH. D.

robert bleke, ph. d.
Dr. Bleke died at the Deerfield Retirement Community on February 3, 2010. He was born in Huntertown, Indiana on July 12, 1927 and was the son of the late Elmer L. Bleke and Emma V. Bleke. He was the husband of Dr. Priscilla D. Bleke. In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son, Eric, a daughter-in-law, Emily, and three grandsons, Michael, Taylor and Andrew, of Atlanta, Georgia; by a son, Andrew, of Atlanta, Georgia; by a daugh-ter, Caroline Paris, a son-in-law, Ralph, and two grandchildren, Alexander and Isabel, of Greensboro, North Carolina; and a daughter, Elizabeth Clark, and a son-in-law, Christopher, and two grandsons, John and Robert, of Macon, Georgia. He was raised on the family farm and graduated from the Huntertown Public High School in 1945. As a young man he was an accomplished pianist and played trumpet in the Fort Wayne Symphony Orchestra. In 1949 he received his AB degree in Psychology from Swarthmore College and his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Duke University in 1953. He began his professional career as a lecturer at Duke University and joined the international firm of management psychologists, Rohrer, Hibler & Replogle in 1954. He be-came the Resident Partner of the Atlanta Office of RHR in 1965. In l972 he co-founded his own firm of corporate psychologists, Bleke & Boyd, P.C. in Atlanta. Bleke & Boyd became the largest regional firm of corporate psychologists in the Southeast. In Atlanta he was a mem-ber of the Southeastern Psychological Association and served as a Director and later the President of the Georgia Psychological Association. He assisted the Episcopal Church on both a Diocesan and Parish level and was a co-founder of St. Dunstan�s Episcopal Church. Upon his retirement in 1993, he and Priscilla lived part time in Cashiers, North Carolina. There he served as President of the Colony Club of High Hampton and as the President of the Sheep Laurel Homeowner�s Association. He was active in the Church of the Good Shepherd in Cashiers and served on the Vestry and as Co-Chairman of the Financial Stewardship Committee. In 2000 he moved from Atlanta to the Deerfield Retirement Community in Asheville. A memorial service will be held at St. Giles Chapel at Deerfield on Saturday, February 6, 2010 at 11:00 a.m. The Rev. Ingram Parmley will officiate. The service will be followed by a reception in the Commons Room. Memorials may be made to the Asheville Art Museum, Two South Pack Square, Asheville, NC 28802 or The Salvation Army, 1424 Northeast Expressway, Atlanta, GA 30329.

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  1. Dr Bleke always smiled and waved as I treated the entire neighborhood as ‘my’ playground! Please accept my deepest sympathies to the Bleke family.

  2. Please accept my sincere condolences on the passing of Dr. Bob Bleke. Bob and his team guided our company into great success and was one of the finest gentlemen that I ever had the good fortune to work with. My heart is with you.

  3. To all of the family: I am so sorry for your loss. I have such fond memories of you all and of the rich times together at St. Dunstan’s. I imagine that Dr. Bleke has now joined that great company of saints who are cheering us on as we run our own race. I do wonder if he and my parents (Bob and Sibyl Saunders) are catching up with each other!

  4. My sympathy to everyone. I was always very proud to have a first cousin and godfather who had accomplished so much in life. He was truly an inspiration to me.

  5. I am sorry to hear of Robert’s passing. I always enjoyed his letters talking about our family history. He was very special to all of us.

  6. To Priscilla and all the family, we were so sorry to her of your loss. We remember so fondly our early days on Exeter Close with our growing young families and your family as wonderful and important neighbors. With love, Anne & Dick

  7. Priscilla and Family,
    Our sincere sympathy to you all on the passing of your husband and father.
    Your will be in our thoughts and prayers.

    Linda Churchward
    Kathy Irk

  8. I had lost track of Bob over the years with each of us going our own way. I found that I missed Bob and Priscilla and their good ways after leaving the neighbor and St. Dunstans which they organized with others.
    Bob was a really good person and man and I am so sorry that I had not seen him in years.

    Bob Nagel

  9. Though we did not have the privilege of meeting Dr. Bleke, we do know that he leaves behind a fine legacy of honesty, compassion, loyalty and genuine love lived out in the lives of his children and grandchildren- the Paris family. We have been blessed by his legacy. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family at this time.

  10. What a pleasure it was to know Bob and Priscilla in Atlanta and then renew our friendship in the mountains of North Carolina. Bob was always a joy with whom we enjoyed sharing time and our mutual love of art.
    Our thoughts are with the family.

  11. Bob was a gentleman. And a first rate professional. He helped us build a superb company. He lived live with style and grace.

    My daughter is just moving to Asheville and I wanted so much for her to meet Bob and Priscilla. I will miss him.

  12. Dear Priscilla and Family,

    I have just learned of the passing of Dr. Bleke. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. It has been many years since I was his executive assistant at Bleke & Boyd PC but I have such fond memories of my years there. Dr. Bleke was always quick with a smile and a kind word – I will never forget his wonderful stories!

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