Robert J. Hoage, 66, the former chief spokesman of the National Zoo, who announced to the public such events as the births of giant pandas, elephants and giraffes and the deaths of lions, orangutans and gorillas, died April 7, 2012 of complications from amyloidosis.
Submitted by Joyce Hill Stoner
Joyce Hill (Stoner)
Bob Hoage still has a Facebook page-- lots of pictures of his family--
heartbreaking to look at-- when his lovely red-haired wife died he said "there is now a hole in the universe."
And so many of his relatives keep posting things on his FB page for his birthdays after he died like:
"Happy Birthday sweet Uncle R.J. Wish I could hug you!!!"
What an odd thing Facebook is...it can be a lovely memorial site.
I did not know Bob Hoage well, but I did know him over a long time, since he and I were always both friends of his next door neighbor Jerry White [1946-2005], who flunked back into the BCC class of 1965. In his early life he was known by the nickname "Coopy", and I am amused to remember that, when a kid in the early grades of elementary school would write his or her first name at the bottom something that he had drawn or written, he wrote that. I had never had as long a conversation with him as I did with him & his lovely wife at our 40 year reunion. I, and I think all of us, would have been glad to see them at our recent reunion, but they did not survive.