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On February 9, 2013, Bob died of a heart attack as he returned from his daily jog. He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Claudia Blake; his son Colin Blake of Alameda, CA; his daughter Jessica Blake, son-in-law Mat Morgan, grandchildren, Miles and Parker Morgan, of Beaverton, OR; and his sister Nancy Blake of Pinole, CA.

He was born in Sacramento. CA, January 28, 1947, moved to India when he was 11, to Teheran and back to India for high school graduation in 1964. After obtaining a BA from Wesleyan University (CT) in 1968 and a PhD in Economics from the University of Michigan in 1974, he moved to the DC area, working for the US Treasury in various international affairs departments for 15 yrs before taking a job as a development economist at The World Bank. He concentrated on Africa, a continent that he grew to love deeply. Following postings in Cameroon, Uganda, and Madagascar, he retired in 2009. Economic development was his professional passion, and in retirement he discovered the joy of child development as he spent half of each year with his grandchildren.

He believed that economic development was simple: empower women. If you are looking for ways to honor his memory, you might consider contributing volunteer time or money to groups such as Women's World Banking, Grameen Foundation, Ashoka: Innovators for the Public, Waters for the World, or Doctors Without Borders.