Robert W. Toler

Robert W. Toler, PhD.
December 15, 1928


  1. Working with Dr. Toler all these years was a pleasure. I felt we had a good association and he was always had a pleasant spirit. He will be greatly missed.

  2. We are sorry for your loss and will be praying for your family during this time.

  3. Dr. Toler was my PhD advisor at Texas A-M. I had only seen him occassionally since I graduated in 1986. When he went to the APS meeting, he would try and find as many of his graduate students for lunch and that is one of the ways that I always remember him.

    At A-M, he would say maybe I’ve not always been the best at everything, but the thing that I’ve always been best at is the students that I taught. They are the best students that anyone has. He was a great teacher. I still use some of his trick questions at student orals.

    I am so sorry for your loss.


    Marie A. C. Langham

  4. Dr. Toler was the best. He took me under his wings when I really help. He was not only an excellent advisor but someone I could trust and was a true friend to all of his students. He will be missed. I will always remember him sitting around the poker table, smiling, chuckling and taking everybody’s money!! We have all been bless to have known him. My prayers goes out to the entire family.

  5. I was raised in the Point DeLuce Community near DeWitt, Arkansas, and have known Robert for many years. Though I have not seen him in a long time, I will always remember him and his family. His Aunt Lena Smith and her husband were neighbors of ours when I was a kid. Robert and his mother, Olevia, visited them often. My family and I will have you, Robert’s family, in our thoughts and prayers.
    Flora (Ragan) Sisemore
    DeWitt, Arkansas

  6. I was so sorry to hear about Dr. Toler’s passing. I was his graduate student from 1987-1990. He and Mrs. Toler welcomed us into their home and were so gracious and kind. We talked poker, St. Augustinegrass, and a range of topics in between. He lived life so well. I smile every time I think of him at school in one of his Mexican shirts, cool and casual. He taught me what a geotome is (an earth cutter, or shovel). It was one of his favorite questions at graduate defenses. Maybe he made the word up—-I’ve never been able to find it in a dictionary. But he made you think about what the word meant, deducing its meaning. I’ve never forgotten it. He was a dear man—-my deepest sympathies to the family.

  7. I’m sorry for your loss. As a member of the then Plant Sciences Department, I have only good memories of Bob. He always seemed to be happy, even when arthritis was causing problems.

  8. Robert and I graduated from DeWitt iHgh School together. We dated for about a year or more. He was a very dear friend and I grieve his passing. I lost my husband of 59 1/2 years last December.
    My sympathy to all of his family. May God be with you.

  9. I had the pleasure of having Dr. Toler as my major professor from 1976-1978. I came to A-M not knowing what I really wanted to do in grad school, and he was patient and provided great advice and opportunities that directed me to where I am today. Practical – with a capital P – that is something that not alot of folks had – getting caught up in various politics or bureacracy – but if you needed something – Bob just went and did it. He was a true mentor and remained in contact via APS until he retired. My condolences to you and my thanks for sharing him with numerous students like me.

    Kind regards, Allison Tally

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