Robert L. “Bob” Whitehouse
August 17, 1944 – January 22, 2022
Age 77. Preceded in death by parents, Bob and Dot Whitehouse; brother, Ed Whitehouse. Survived by wife, Kim; children: Stacey, Todd (Jennifer), and Taylor; four grandchildren: Hannah, Jack, Sophee, and Sam; sister, Bobbie Jean Wesley.
VISITATION: Saturday, January 29th, from 2pm to 4pm at UNO Thompson Alumni House followed by a MEMORIAL SERVICE at 4pm. Masks requested. Memorials are suggested to Trinity United Methodist Church-Ralston or Nebraska High School Sports Hall of Fame.
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Bob Whitehouse was born to Dot and Bob Whitehouse on August 17, 1944, in Omaha Nebraska and was raised in Bellevue, Nebraska where he graduated from Bellevue High School. Upon graduation he attended Kearney Teachers College earning a bachelor’s degree in Physical Education. Bob went on to receive a Master’s and Specialists Degrees in Secondary School Administration from the University of Nebraska at Omaha.
Bob began his 47-year career with Omaha Public Schools as a teacher and coach at Omaha Central High. He later became Assistant Principal and Athletic Director at Omaha South High School. Then became Principal at Omaha Bryan Junior and Senior High Schools.
Upon retirement, Bob consulted for the district and was also involved with Collective for Youth helping to develop before and after school programs and summertime programming for young people in the Omaha area. Later, Bob was elected to the University Board of Regents where he was a champion for student access and affordability and quality academic and research programs. He served during a time of enrollment and research growth and key leadership appointments across the system.
Bob has been active in many civic organizations and boards. Most recently involved with Kids Can, Optimists, Nebraska High School Sports Hall of Fame, Collective for Youth and Trinity United Methodist Church in Ralston.
Bob received numerous honors during his career, some of the most memorable included being inducted into the Nebraska High School Sports Hall of Fame, having twice served as President of the organization’s Board of Directors. He’s also been inducted into the Omaha Public Schools Hall of Fame and the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Hall of Fame. Bob was a Hall of Fame Athlete at Bellevue High School and Kearney State College (UNK) where he played basketball and ran track and field. He was an All-American long jumper for four years. As a Regent, he was bestowed the Regent Emeritus title.
After a battle with pancreatic cancer, Bob received his angel wings on January 22, 2022. He was preceded in death by parents, Bob and Dot Whitehouse; brother, Ed Whitehouse. He is survived by wife, Kim; children: Stacey, Todd (Jennifer), and Taylor; four grandchildren: Hannah, Jack, Sophee, and Sam; sister, Bobbie Jean Wesley.
Visitation will begin at 2pm to 4pm on Saturday, January 29th, 2022, followed by a MEMORIAL SERVICE at 4pm at the UNO Thompson Alumni House, 6705 Dodge Street. Student parking available. Masks requested. Memorials are suggested to Trinity United Methodist Church Ralston or Nebraska High School Sports Hall of Fame.