Robert Dean Strohm

Editor, Publication Executive

Robert "Bob" Dean Strohm, 59, former editor in chief of National Wildlife magazine who also was an executive with the publication's parent company, died Sept. 6 at Washington Hospital Center after a stroke. He lived in Bethesda.

Mr. Strohm, a native of Woodstock, Ill., joined National Wildlife magazine's editorial staff after graduating with a degree in journalism from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1968.

At the time, the magazine was based in Milwaukee, where his father had started the publication six years earlier.

In 1982, Mr. Strohm moved to the Washington area when the magazine relocated its offices to Northern Virginia, initially in Vienna and later in Reston.

Mr. Strohm was named the magazine's editor in chief in April 1988.

The next year, he took on the additional title of vice president of publications of the National Wildlife Federation, which funds National Wildlife magazine and its other periodicals, including Ranger Rick, Your Big Backyard and International Wildlife.

He oversaw the editorial content and production of the magazines until his retirement in 2000. At the time, the magazines were distributed monthly to more than 1.9 million members and subscribers.

In retirement, Mr. Strohm volunteered as a teacher's aide and librarian assistant at St. Francis de Sales School in Washington.

He was active with the Boy Scouts, PFLAG (Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) and St. Bartholomew's Catholic Church, of which he was a member.

Mr. Strohm enjoyed traveling, and he collected art from Kenya, Liberia, Brazil and Japan.

"He believed that every day was a gift and lived accordingly," said his son Charles Strohm of West Hollywood, Calif.

The elder Strohm's outlook on life was framed early when in his youth he contracted a debilitating kidney disease. He received a kidney from a brother in 1971 and another from a sister in 1990.

Throughout the years, he maintained a vigorous lifestyle, once hiking to the top of the 14,410-foot Mount Rainier in the early 1970s.

In addition to his son Charles, survivors include his wife of 29 years, Patty Strohm of Bethesda; another son, John Strohm of Rockville; three sisters; and a brother.