Robert Roe (1944 - 2016)

Prof.dr. Robert A. Roe 11 August 1944 – 22 February 2016

 “Witnessing without sadness the death of someone we knew well, someone who literally played a role in our own life, is not easy. But in seeing death as proof that life has been completed we can strip away the heavy negative power that is commonly attached to it. I wish that the last moment that my body is still here is seized to celebrate the life lived, with all that it meant to others, and all its imperfections." -- Robert A. Roe, March 7th 2015

"Zonder droefenis getuige zijn van de dood van iemand die wij goed gekend hebben, die letterlijk een rol gespeeld heeft in ons eigen leven, is niet gemakkelijk. Maar door de dood te zien als bewijs dat het leven volbracht is, kunnen wij er toch de zware negatieve kracht aan ontnemen die er gewoonlijk aan verbonden wordt. Ik zou wensen dat het laatste moment waarop mijn lichaam nog aanwezig is, wordt aangegrepen om het geleefde leven met alles wat het voor anderen betekend heeft en met al zijn onvolkomenheden te vieren." -- Robert A. Roe, 7 maart 2015

President European Federation of Psychologists Associations EFPA (2009-2015)
Honorary Emeritus Professor of Organization Theory and Organizational Behavior at Maastricht University (NL)
Honorary Emeritus Professor History and Foundations of Psychology, at the University of L-i:zig (D)

Brussels, February 23, 2016
It is with great sadness that we have to inform you that our former EFPA president Robert Roe passed away yesterday afternoon.

Robert was not only an excellent EFPA president but a great colleague and friend.

Robert will be remembered as a very kind, committed person who was always there to support, share his wisdom and his sense of humour. He will be greatly missed both as a colleague and a friend but he will live on in the memory of t)hose who had the honour and pleasure to know him.

Our sincere and deep condolences go to his wife Marika and his son and daughter.

May he rest in peace.
The EFPA Team

Posted by Sabine Steyaert on March 2, 2016
Slovenian Association of Psychologists

Dear friends,

I'm really sorry to hear that dear Robert passed away. I believed in him and in his strength to win in this battle. But unfortunatelly...
I'll remember him as open minded, smart and warm person. And it was a real privilege for me to meet him!


Univerza v Ljubljani
Filozofska fakulteta prof.dr. Vlasta Zabukovec
Oddelek za bibliotekarstvo, informacijsko znanost in knjigarstvo

Filozofska fakulteta / Faculty of arts
Posted by Sabine Steyaert on March 2, 2016
Polish Psychological Association

Dear Colleagues,
The Executive Board of the Polish Psychological Association extends condolences on account of the death of former President of EFPA Prof. Dr. Roe. He was always kind to all of us and never failed to express his friendship.
We will remember him and always aspire to continue his work.
We share the grief with the authorities of EFPA.

On behalf of the Board of the Polish Psychological Association

Dr. Mal
Mał‚gorzata Toeplitz - Winiewska
President of the Polish Psychological Association

Prof. Dr. Andrzej Sękowski
Vice-President of the Polish Psychological Association
Posted by Rita Berger on February 29, 2016
As a colleague and as part of the Erasmus Mundus WOP-P consortium I will miss him personally, his broad expertise and independent way of thinking very much.
Posted by Stephan Dutke on February 29, 2016
With consternation and sadness we read that Robert has passed away! On Behalf of all members of the EFPA Board of Educational Affairs I express our most sincere condolences to his family.

Robert supported our group, gave advice and orientation. But even more important, he inspired and motivated us as a marvellous, empathetic colleague – we will miss him!

Robert, I am pleased and grateful for the opportunity to learn from you.
Stephan Dutke
Convenor of the Board of Educational Affairs
Posted by Dorothy Coombs on February 29, 2016
It was with enormous sadness that I read the e-mail about Robert yesterday.

Renate and I felt that we knew him so very well, even though we were relative newcomers to EFPA. He was a truly wonderful man, with a hugely generous personality. He made us feel so welcome, and rather important, and there was never any doubt that his heart lay in the sharing of his beloved psychology with the citizens of Europe...not just the psychologists.

We often quote his words when trying to convince people that psychological literacy is the key to improving the lives of the people of Europe. This has never been as important as it is today, given the challenges that face us all.

Robert's wisdom and sense of humour will be remembered for ever, and we would like you to express our deepest sympathy to his wife and family.

With sadness and deep respect

Dorothy and Renate, on behalf of the European Federation of Psychology Teachers' Associations (EFPTA)
Posted by Polli Hagenaars on February 28, 2016
We write to mourn the passing of our former EFPA president, dear colleague and friend Robert Roe.
We will miss Robert's straightforward intelligence and his unique ability for putting complicated matters together in a way that was both convincing and understandable. He was also a man of exceptional integrity and his support for the Board Human Rights & Psychology formed a protective umbrella, which we will miss very much.
Our heart and thoughts are with Marika, Angela and Tony.
We will remember Robert at a small memorial service during the Human Rights conference at Ioannina University in May.                           
On behalf of the EFPA Board Human Rights & Psychology,
Polli Hagenaars,convenor
Posted by Ingrid Lunt on February 27, 2016
Robert, a true friend and leader of psychologists in Europe. I so appreciate our collaboration since 1997 right through to the present time, and our friendship which stretches back even further. I write for the EAC as well as myself to celebrate your vision, your leadership, your humour, your friendship and warmth, your integrity, your intellectual curiosity, and so much more. A remarkable and wonderful person.
Posted by Ingrid Lunt on February 27, 2016
I celebrate our collaboration since 1997 to the present time, and our friendship which goes back even further. You have been a true friend and leader of EFPA. I write for myself and for the EAC and thank you for everything that you have done for us. We celebrate your vision, your friendship and warmth, your leadership, your integrity, your intellectual curiosity, your tenacity and determination and all that made you the impressive and very special person that you are. We will always remember you.
Posted by Wendy Kahle on February 25, 2016
Dear Robert, step-dad to me, and Opa to my son. We fondly remember your gentle smile, your delightful sense of humour. You will be missed so dearly.
Posted by Paul Wylleman on February 25, 2016
In name of FEPSAC as well as personally I would like to express our sadness at the loss of Robert. A wonderful colleague with a clear vision for inclusiveness and collaboration entrenched in an open, positive and humour-filled personality. Aan de familie wensen we onze condoleances over te maken en wensen jullie veel sterkte bij dit persoonlijk verlies.
Posted by Tony Wainwright on February 25, 2016
I was so sorry to hear this sad news. Robert was a really inspirational person and was always ready to help and support with kind words and encouragement. Even though I only knew Robert in the past few years, I learned much from his wisdom and brilliant leadership. He will be very much missed by us all.
Posted by Salvatore Zappala on February 25, 2016
Dear Robert, it was a so sad moment hearing that we lost you. Has been an honour having your friendhsip and all the moments that we spent together. I have learnt a lot from you, from your kindness, your constant willingnes to share your knowledge, expertise and the support you was always giving to everyone and to me. I will miss you greatly.
Posted by Edward Rossen on February 24, 2016
Rest in peace, Robert! You were a great man, an amazingly driven and talented psychologist and EFPA president, and a friend whose company and counsel I will miss for the rest of my life. It was a great honour and pleasure to know you and to work with you. I will treasure my memories of you and try my best to honour the lessons learnt from your impressive example. You moved countless stones in the river of life, and will remain a source of inspiration and happy memories. Rest in peace now, Robert, you earned it a thousand times over!
Posted by Josip Lopižić on February 24, 2016
Rest in peace, dear Robert. Thank you for every word and encouragement for our association, since the time of your visit to Croatia in October 2010. until our last meeting in Milan. Deep condolences to your family. Josip
Posted by Sandra Robinson on February 24, 2016
I was so saddened to hear the news of Robert’s passing. Robert was such a gifted academic and wonderful human being. We were so happy that he was able to regularly visiting Vancouver. It was fantastic for us to have him as a member of our division and he contributed so much by his presence each time he was here. My husband Ron and I also really enjoyed getting to know Robert and Marika as friends. Such a great loss for so many. My heart goes out to his loved ones at this really difficult time.

Sandra Robinson
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Posted by Bernard Caruana on February 24, 2020
Always remembered fondly and with respect. I am honoured to have worked with you and thanks for all I learned form you. Bernard Caruana (Malta)
Posted by Piers Steel on July 27, 2018
I was going to leave Professor Roe a note about how useful his thinking in the field of motivation had been to me, that it proved instrumental in my most recent publication. During this process, it was with great regret that I learned of his passing and eventually I ended up here. I would have sincerely liked to have met him. A mind that truly cares about a field is so very rare.
Posted by Rita Kardinasari on August 12, 2017
Mr. Roe is only I know from his research papers. I am studying Phd and was looking for permission . I sad to know that He died. Many questions i want to ask, some paper I need to read. His concept about competence is save my paper after long confusing to find the right concept . Robert Roe for me is my inspiration and he did tought me by his thought , his paper that i download . Thank You Mr. Roe. Rest in peace....
For the family, with my sympathy,  I hope I still have chance to read more his great work, help to me to continue his concept landed in my Phd research.


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Shared by Sabine Steyaert on March 14, 2016

Video message of EAWOP's President Gudela Grote at Robert's Memorial Service on March 12 2016 at Maastricht University.

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Video message from EFPA's president Telmo Mourinho Baptista at Robert Roe's memorial service on March 12 2016 at Maastricht University.

Opa and Sam

Shared by Wendy Kahle on February 25, 2016

One of my favourite memories of Robert is from our visit to Maastricht for my son's second birthday. We travelled from Vancouver, Canada so see Babi and Opa (grandma and grandpa). We had many adventures, but it was the quiet moments at home, cuddling with Opa in his favourite chair, or playing with wooden trains, which made our visit so special. One afternoon, Sam and Opa decided to play trumpets with funnels pressed to their lips. It was a cacauphony of ridiculous sounds! My mom always delighted in Robert's incredible sense of humour, and it was lovely to witness it, much to the delight of my son. We had many more wonderful visits over the last 12 years, so many to fill our memories with love and light.

Robert, Opa, we will cherish you forever in our hearts!