Robert S Halliwell

Dr. Robert Stanley Halliwell, Ph.D., 80, of Bryan passed away Monday, March 12, 2012, at his residence. Services are set for 1:00 pm Saturday, March 17, at Callaway-Jones Funeral Home in Bryan, Texas. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Southern Care Hospice, 3206 Longmire Drive, Suite C, College Station, Texas 77845 or Guardian Health Care, 1411 Memorial Drive, Bryan, Texas 77802.

Robert S. “Bob” Halliwell was born on September 8, 1931 to Robert Sylvester and Elizabeth Mae (Vogt) Halliwell in Lovell, Wyoming in the “shadows of the Big Horn Mountains”. He graduated from Lovell High School in 1949, and then proceeded to join the National Guard and attend the University of Wyoming. During his first year at the University of Wyoming his unit was called to Korea.

During his military career, Bob was part of the “Cowboy Cannoneers”, the 300th Armored Field Artillery Unit. He was honorably discarged in 1952. An article by Bill Youngkin, featuring Bob’s military career, can be found in the Bryan/College Station Eagle (April 17, 2011).

After his military discharge in 1952, he re-enrolled at the University of Wyoming where he graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in 1956 and a Master’s Degree in 1959. He graduated with a Ph.D. from Oregon State in 1962. Following graduation he began his career as a microbiologist and virologist at Texas A&M Univeristy in College Station, Texas. His 32 years of devoted service to Texas A&M include numerous research discoveries and publications. He served as the President of the southern Division of the American Phythopathological Society in 1973. After his retirment in January 1994, he was awarded the title of Professor Emeritus in Plant Pathology and Microbiology at Texas A&M University.

He was preceded in death by his parents, four brothers-in-law, Gene Bischoff of Powell, Wyoming, Don Cantrell of San Jose, California, Lonnie Graves of Chriesman, Texas, and Al Graves of Wichita Falls, Texas.

Bob is survived by his wife, Dora Graves Bishop Halliwell of Bryan; children Mark S. Halliwell, Pamela Bishop Cemino, Lisa Halliwell Burns and husband Scott Burns, Patrice Bishop Cates, Robert Blair Halliwell, and Perian Bishop and husband Larry White; sister Elizabeth Louise Halliwell Cantrell of San Jose, California and Margaret Ann Halliwell Bischoff of Powell, Wyoming; sisters-in-law Luci Graves Smith of Bryan, Texas and Barbara Graves of Chriesman, Texas; 16 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

The family wanted to send a special thank you and heart-felt appreciation to Hospice, especially Wendy Cook, Kyanne Veteto, Jamita Phillips, Chaplain Gary Row, Jessica Sandoval and Lisa Arreola. Thank you for your support and loving care.


  1. Bob was such a sweet man. Your all like family and so my heart deeply hurts! Thought and prayers to you all. Love you.

    Melissa, Darbi & Kenzie

  2. My sincere condolences to the Halliwell & Bishop families. Bob was such a nice man. Will keep yall in my prayers.
    Mary Jo Prince

  3. Please accept condolences for your loss. I’ve always found comfort in Jesus’ words at John 5:28,29. God’s promise & assurance at Revelation 21:3-5 keeps our hope for the future bright. In the mean time, I find Philippians 4:6,7,13 strengthening. I sincerely hope you find the same comfort from God’s Word as I have.

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