Obituaries: Robert Dean Reiter

  • by BAR staff
  • Wednesday May 25, 2022
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Robert Dean Reiter
Robert Dean Reiter

May 20, 1961 — April 30, 2022

Robert Dean Reiter died April 30, 2022. Service will be at Chapel of the Chimes, 4499 Piedmont Avenue, in Oakland on Saturday, May 28, at 11 a.m., followed by a reception at the Bancroft Hotel in Berkeley. Champagne will be served.

Raised in Stockton, California, Robert (Bobby) began his acting career at the age of 7. He played numerous lead roles at the Lincoln High School Little Theater. The theater was his home as a child and young man.

A graduate of UC Santa Cruz and then UC Hastings College of the Law, he was for many years an attorney for Alameda County.

Robert lived his life out loud. He was opinionated and extremely colorful, in his language and in his personality. To honor that, attendees should dress for the occasion as colorfully and expressively as they feel.

Plagued with health problems from a young age, diabetes finally got the best of him at the age of 60. Way too young.

The family asks that donations be made to organizations that advocate for LGBTQ+ rights, especially the San Francisco AIDS Foundation and the Pacific Center for Human Growth in Berkeley. Robert played leadership roles in both the Pacific Center and the former Stop AIDS Project, which merged with SFAF in 2011.

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