Roberta Lloyd Diehl

June 29, 1939July 3, 2018

Roberta Lloyd (Bobbi) Diehl died peacefully at her home on 3 July 2018 in Bloomington. She was born on 29 June 1939. In the early years of World War II Bobbi’s parents, George and Della Lloyd, moved to California and she was raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. In 1959, while attending Armstrong College, a small Business College in Berkeley, she met Jim Diehl, her future husband. She graduated with a BBA in advertising in 1961. In 1962 she and Jim were married in Berkeley, where he was an undergraduate at the University of California. In 1972 Jim received his PhD in Modern German history, an accomplishment that would have been impossible without Bobbi’s love and support. In 1973 the couple moved to Bloomington, where Jim received an appointment in the IU History Department. Shortly thereafter, Bobbi began working at Indiana University Press as a copy, managing and, eventually acquisitions editor. In her 29 years at the press Bobbi edited hundreds of books, including the iconic Birds of Indiana and the massive Encyclopedia of North American Railroads, of which she was coauthor. One of her most satisfying achievements at IUP was the inauguration and development of a series of popular regional gardening books, a project which grew out of her own love of gardening. Bobbi spoke fluent botanical Latin. She was also a beloved Doktormutter and will be sadly missed be her many Doktorkinder. She is survived by a brother, Tony Lloyd of Castro Valley, CA and her loving and grateful husband. IU Hospice provided welcome assistance: thanks especially to the primary nursing team of Brenda, Nancy and Sammi as well as Bonni and Jim. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Bobbi’s name should be made to the Monroe County Humane Society. Day & Deremiah-Frye Funeral Home was entrusted with arrangements. Online condolences may be given to the family at


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Ray Canoy

July 21, 2018

Bobbi was always a welcoming and supportive presence during my time in Bloomington, and during the visits I made in the years following. In many fondly remembered gatherings or stays at her and Jim´s homes on Maxwell Lane and Brownridge Road, she listened with care and attention to reports of my endeavours, encouraged my plans (no matter what they were), and shared her own experiences and joys - among them travel, nature, and the conviviality native to people naturally open to the world. She also shared a survivor´s sense of humour, honed in the most optimistic yet knowing decades of the American century, tempered by time spent elsewhere in varying combinations of strangeness and familiarity. I should have paid more attention to how Bobbi cooked; I´ve certainly internalized her respect for the cocktail hour - not so much for celebrating any particular beverage, as for preservation of a dignified yet convivial refuge amidst the everyday. Lucky and proud to have known her.

Jason Crouthamel

July 19, 2018

Bobbi was very much loved by many who knew her. She was an inspiration with her sharp intellect, encyclopedic knowledge of gardening and artistic eye. She will be deeply missed.

Love, Jason, Grace and Max

Kenneth Goodall

July 18, 2018

I loved working with Bobbi at the Press. In fact it was Bobbi who got me to the Press. She was such a temperate and caring managing editor. A priceless experience for me!