Robert Earl Dahms Jr.

March 14, 1949June 23, 2013

Robert "Bob" Earl Dahms Jr., 64, a 24-year resident of Bowie, and previously of Traer, Iowa, died June 23 of a heart attack. He was born May 14, 1949 in Cedar Falls, Iowa to his late parents, Robert and Jayne Dahms. Bob earned a Bachelor's Degree in Accounting from the University of Maryland, where he was the Assistant Director of the Physics Department. Bob was a Civil War buff, who also enjoyed gardening with his wife, the outdoors, and playing with his grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his son, Michael P. Dahms.

Married in 1971, he is survived by his beloved wife of 41 and 1/2 years, Anita; his sons, Robert Aaron Dahms of Crofton, and Jon Dahms of Frostburg; daughter, Rachel G. Swingler of Hanover, PA; brother, Richard Dahms of Bowie; sister, Rebecca Dahms-Lioi of Catonsville; and four grandchildren.

Friends and family will gather from 2 to 3 p.m., with a memorial service at 3 p.m., on Saturday, June 29, at the Robert E. Evans Funeral Home, 16000 Annapolis Rd., Bowie.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Bob's name to the Civil War Trust at www.civil


  • Visitation

    Saturday, June 29, 2013

  • Memorial Service

    Saturday, June 29, 2013


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Bill Guffey

July 17, 2013

Bob will be greatly missed. It was always a pleasure to work with or talk to Bob. Bob will be greatly missed at the University.

Sorry for your loss.

Bill Guffey, UMD

Randy Neugebauer

June 28, 2013

Even though we've only been neighbors for a few years, we will miss Bob's faded red cap, occasional chats over the fence, and his toils over and fruits from the wonderful garden and landscaping. Anita and family, our thoughts are with you in your loss and best regards as your new chapters unfold.

Love, Randy and Lea

Judy Myrick

June 28, 2013

I'm so sorry for your loss. Bob was a great guy and a good colleague.

Jennette Wallace

June 28, 2013

From Aunt Jennette and Terri. We love you Anita. God Bless you.

Bill Norwood

June 28, 2013

I am partially aware of Bob's decades of religious faith via two of my relatives. While Bob was not one to impose his religious conviction on others, I saw without exception a performance at the workplace which quite loudly trumpeted a set of humanity-based reasons for such a faith. These are the times, when religion is being condemned (it seems everywhere) when we need for such persons to become more plentiful, more appreciated and more supported.

Linda Williams

June 27, 2013

May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.

Steven Anlage

June 27, 2013

Bob will be remembered for his amazing dedication and focus, as well as his consideration and compassion for others. He was one of the most honest and straightforward people I have ever worked with. Everyone will miss him terribly – a great loss for all of us.

Carol Baumann

June 27, 2013

My condolences to the Dahms family on the loss of Bob. He will be missed by many colleagues.

Richard Greene

June 27, 2013

My sincerest sympathies to the Dahms family. Bob was a wonderful, cheerful, and very competent guy. He will be greatly missed by all of us who interacted with him in the Physics department.

Robert Galemba

June 26, 2013

Bob was such a great person. We worked on safety issues at UM for years. Safety was always his top priority. His humor was infectious. Sometimes I would call him and say "Safety Department". He would reply "I didn't do it!". I will miss you Bob.

Rob Galemba