Robert C. Litton, 1939-2017



¶ At 8:00am on August 26, 2017, Robert Carl Litton died in hospice care at the VA Medical Center in Big Spring, Texas, of kidney failure resulting from recently diagnosed multiple myeloma (cancer of his blood plasma).
¶ Bob was born in Dallas, Texas, on December 29, 1939 and was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers. He held a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and a Master of Arts degree in Literature from Southern Methodist University, along with additional studies at the University of Maryland and Yale University during his military service, and later Journalism studies at the University of Texas at Arlington.
¶ He served as editor of several small west Texas newspapers, and as a reporter for newspapers and radio for many years.
¶ Bob was a journalist, a poet and a lifelong student of literature and philosophy. He shared his knowledge with me over many years of friendship, and I will always be grateful to him.

In his own words:
¶ “I have gone to explore the universe, find out what that bright light is that everyone talks about, and determine whether my life really will flash before my eyes.
¶ “I do not want a religious funeral service, or any service at all for that matter. However, my spirit would appreciate the time a friend wishes to spend listening to any or all of three of my favorite musical pieces: (1) Siegfried’s Funeral Music by Richard Wagner, (2) Adagio for Strings by Samuel Barber, and (3) Concierto de Aranjues by Rodrigo.”

– Chris Ruggia, Alpine, Texas.




4 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Jack on August 26, 2017 at 12:59 pm

    Dear Chris,

    Thanks so much for sending this to us, and letting us know.

    We cannot thank you enough for all the care and all the things you have done for Bob. I know they are beyond counting.

    Thank you,


  2. Thanks, Bonnie! My best to you and Jack! –Chris

  3. Posted by Lohr McKinstry on August 26, 2017 at 5:21 pm

    Thank you for sending this to me, Chris. I was the Monahans News editor whom Bob replaced. I’d planned to stop by to see him on a cross-country trip I was planning. I didn’t move fast enough. My sincere regrets to his family and friends at his passing. I very much enjoyed reading his columns and corresponding with him.

  4. Thank you very much, Lohr. – Chris

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