Robert Walker Tankersley Jr.

June 18, 1927June 17, 2013

TANKERSLEY, Robert Walker Jr., of Richmond, passed away Monday, June 17, 2013. He was born June 18, 1927 in Watsonville, Calif. He grew up in Sacramento, Calif. and spent his summers in Long Beach. During World War II, he joined the Merchant Marines and then enlisted in the Army. After the war he enrolled at Stanford University, earning his Bachelor's degree in 1951 and his PhD in Microbiology in 1955. Upon graduation, he accepted a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Minnesota. In 1960, Bob moved to Richmond, Va., where he was employed at the Medical College of Virginia as assistant professor in Microbiology. He also worked in research at A. H. Robins Pharmaceutical Company for many years as director of Molecular Biology and retired in 1990. Bob had many hobbies. He enjoyed the outdoors, sharing his love of nature with his children and grandchildren through hiking, canoeing and gardening. He enjoyed historical reenactments, playing the country doctor the Virginia State Fair, and was a member of the Richmond Concert Band. Dr. Tankersley is survived by this loving family, including his wife of 61 years, Lois Josephine Tankersley; three daughters and sons-in-law, Susan and Leonard Holmes of Williamsburg, Va., Robin and Brian Cahill of San Diego, Calif., and Lauren and Michael Werner of Ashland, Va.; four grandchildren, Allison Dorbad (Rob), Kathleen Holmes, Jocelyn Werner and Jennifer Werner also two great-grandchildren, Lincoln and Josephine Dorbad. The family will receive friends Saturday, June 22, from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Parham Chapel, Woody Funeral Home, 1771 N. Parham Road. Interment private, In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzhiemer's Association or Meals on Wheels. Online condolences may be made at


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Olive Slaughter

January 22, 2014

Lois, So very sorry of your loss of Bob. We were friends at Stanford so very long ago. Jerry Weide and I were married then and living in Stanford Village from 1950 t0 1953. Those were great days! Olive Weide Slaughter, Ojai, CA

Lawrence Sancilio

July 17, 2013

I just heard of Bob's passing and offer my sincere condolence. I was at A.H. Robins with Bob and was in the Pharmacology Department; I had a great relationship with him.After Robins, I worked at the FDA, retiring in 2011.We will miss him.

June 23, 2013

To Lois, Susan, Robin and Lauren,
Jack and I were saddened to learn of Bob's passing and we began thinking
about our friendship on Hepler Rd. We remember you all every Christmas when we place the animals on our tree which were made for a mobile for Murray. We remember you all whenever we see the picture you took of our dog Mike. We remember you girls as our favorite babysitters. You were special neighbors to us.
Jack and I were out of town when we read the obituary and were out of town when the services were held. Please know that we were thinking of all of you this past weekend. What a remarkable life Bob led and what a remarkable family he enjoyed. Fondly, Jeanette and Jack Welsh

June 22, 2013

Thinking of you and sending prayers for comfort and strength!
Lori Barnes

Anne Materna

June 21, 2013

Lauren, you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.


Anne, Stas, and family

Dabney Oakley

June 20, 2013

A remarkable man and a most special neighbor. God Bless his family in this time of reflective sorrow and celebration of a very productive and achievement filled life.

Bud Hazelgrove, GM

June 20, 2013

Please accept Woody staff condolences for your loss. You can depend on us to assist you on this journey and we will strive for your complete satisfaction while your loved one is in our care. We believe you deserve nothing less. For these difficult days, we will be honored to have you consider our home and family a part of yours.

June 19, 2013

June 19, 2013