Mr. Robert Alan "Bob" Dornburg

Born:Sep 21 1931 In:  Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
Died:Oct 24 2012 (at age 81)In:  Greeneville, Tennessee, USA


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Immediate family

<Private> Dornburg (born Morris)
His spouse
<Private> Hull (born Dornburg)
His child
<Private> Dornburg
His child
Mr. Carl Auguste Dornburg
His father
Mrs. Elizabeth Marie "Lizzi" Dornburg (born Kreutz)
His mother
Mr. Charles Joseph Dornburg
His brother
Mrs. Ruth Madaline Marple (born Dornburg)
His sister


Bachelors of Arts in Theology
From June 1949 To Aug 29 1954
 Washington Missionary College
Masters Degree in Education
To June 4 1967
 American University, Washington, D.C., USA
Mount Vernon Academy
From Aug 1946 To May 29 1959
 525 Wooster Road ~ PO Box 311 ~ Mount Vernon, OH 43050
College Prep Diploma
Gettysburg Highschool
From Sep 1945 To June 1946
 Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, USA
Freshman year of High School
Shannon & Luchs Academy of Real Estate
From 1990 To 1991


Elementary School Principal
 Montgomery County Public Schools, Maryland
Montgomery County Public Schools
From 1954 To 1956
 Eastern Shore of Maryland
General Conferance of Seventh-day Adventists
Medical Worker in the US Army
From 1956 To 1958
 Frankfurt, Germany
From June 1946 To May 1949
 Print Shop
Mount Vernon Academy, Mount Vernon, Ohio, USA
Literature Evangelist
From May 1949 To Aug 1949
 Logan, West Virginia, USA
Summer Camp Counsler
From June 1950 To Aug 1950
 Hagerstown, Maryland USA
Mt. Aetna SDA Youth Camp


Interests: God, Family, Genology, Friends, Education, Politics, Religon, Washington Redskins
Activities: Gardening & researching family history
Music: Hymns & Big Band
Movies: "The Blind Side", Movies that Julia Roberts was in
TV shows: 24
Books: The Bible
Sports: Baseball & Football, "The Washington Redskins"
Restaurants: J&P's Pizza
Cuisines: German, Italian, Mexican & Chineese
People & celebrities: Elizabeth & Nita Dornburg
Getaways: Germany, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina & Ocean City Maryland

Contact information

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

From Sep 21 1931
Gettysburg, Pennsylvania

Circa 1940
Washington Missionary College
Takoma Park, Maryland

From 1949 To 1954
2445 Mullinix Mill Road
Mount Airy, Maryland 21771

From Feb 1973 To Aug 2004
Palm Coast, Florida

From Aug 2004 To Apr 2005
342 Waterstone Circle
Greeneville, Tennessee 37745

From Apr 2005 To Oct 24 2012
Mount Vernon Academy
Mount Vernon, Ohio
Trenton, New Jersey

Personal info

Religion: Seventh day Adventist
Nationalities: USA
Languages spoken: German & English
Political view: Republican
Height: 5'4"
Weight: 120
Hair color: Brown
Eye color: Blue
Physical description: Always had a twinkle in his eye and a warm loving smile.

Source citations

Confidence: Direct and primary evidence
Date: Oct 26 2012
Citation text:
Published: 10/26/2012

Bob Dornburg

Died: Oct. 24, 2012

Robert "Bob Dornburg, 81, of Greeneville, passed away Wednesday at his home.

Bob is resting in Jesus awaiting the resurrection.

He was committed to serving, like Christ, by investing in people.

Bob was a member of Riverview Community Seventh-day Adventist Church.

He will be greatly missed.

Survivors include his wife of 47 years: Juanita "Nita" Dornburg; two daughters and son-in-laws Donette and Randall Hull of Maryland and Shanda and Steven Brown of Prince Frederick, Md.; his grandchildren: Taylor Hull, Parker Hull, Payton Hull, Justine Dornburg, Dante Dornburg, Alexandra Dornburg, and Elise Dornburg Brown; three nieces: Cheri Schaefer, Joyce Hill, and Heather Goldfarb; and two nephews: Dr. Terry Dornburg and Jason Tydings.

Visitation will be held from 12:30-2:30 p.m. Sunday at Riverview Community Seventh-day Adventist Church with the funeral to follow at 2:30 p.m. Pastor Arnold Schnell will officiate.


Robert. Alan Dornburg Eulogy

By Shanda Dornburg Brown



My father Robert Alan Dornburg was born on September 21, 1931, in Pittsburgh, PA to Carl Auguste and Elizabeth Marie Dornburg.  Dad was a surprise baby and joined his 14-year-old brother, Charles and his 10-year-old sister, Ruth in the Dornburg home.  Dad told me that his father told him the day of his birth was a black day in American History, a day in which American’s ran on banks causing over 800 banks to close by the end of that year.

Before Dad was born his mother was a Catholic and his father a Lutheran. While recuperating from a serious accident on the job his father read, The Great Controversy Between Christ and Satan, and started visiting a Seventh-day Adventist Church.  Both of Bob’s parents converted to the Seventh-day Adventist faith.  When little Bob was born his aunts were so worried about him not being baptized that unbeknownst to his parents they snuck him up to the attic and baptized him.

One of Bob’s regrets was losing the German he had learned while his grandparents lived with his family.  After his grandparents death German was no longer spoken frequently in his home, and he lost it.

Bob’s father became a literature evangelist for the Seventh-day Adventist church.  This meant that Bob spent his summers at camp meeting where his mother cooked for the workers and his father helped to lead camp meeting services.  Bob loved to play ball, especially baseball and while growing up could often be found with his glove and baseball.  He always had a love for animals and always had a dog by the name of “Pal”, by his side.

When Bob was 14 years old his parents sent him to Mount Vernon Academy in Mount Vernon, Ohio.  He arrived at the beginning of the summer to begin working at the print shop to help pay off his school tuition.  There was a lot of faculty transition that summer and while he did have a place to sleep in the boy’s dorm there was no food or place for him to eat. Being the resourceful man that he always was, he found a way to get into the home economics classroom.  There kept his own food and used the classroom & cookware to prepare it.


 From the age of 14 Bob was basically on his own, working his way through high school until he graduated from Mount Vernon Academy on the 29th day of May 1949.  Ed Wilson was Bob’s roommate while at Mount Vernon Academy, and one summer they the canvassed together in Logan, West Virginia.  Wanting to eat as cheaply as possible they bought several cans of okra, which they found they did not like but it could sustain them.  This was a life long friendship.


Bob graduated from Washington Missionary College with his Bachelor’s of Arts in Theology on the 29th of August 1954.  Bob escaped the military draft due to the fact that he was enrolled in college as a ministerial student making him exempt.  After graduation he became a associate Pastor on the Eastern Shore of Maryland.  This ministerial position also kept him from being drafted.  Together with pastoral duties at the small Seventh-day Adventist Church on the Eastern Shore, his job also included teaching at the small grade school which was held in the Church.  During this period of time Bob discovered that his passion was in the field of education. He ultimately made the decision to become a full time teacher.  Once Bob had left the ministry he knew that he could escape the draft if he did not disclose that fact to the draft board.  Bob however made the ethical decision to report his eligibility status to the draft board, resulting in his being drafted into the Army.  Dad did not care for military life but was grateful he was stationed in Germany. This enabled him to look up and meet his mother’s side of the family with whom we are still in contact today.  Dad acutely remembered returning home from service sailing past the Statue of Liberty as a profound feeling came over him that he was home.

After being honorably discharged from the US Army Bob returned to his passion of teaching for the Montgomery County School System in Maryland.


Genesis 1:27 say’s “So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created.”  That says both male and female.  I have come to interpret this to mean that we together in marriage male and female = 1 image of God.

On January the 9th, 1965 Robert was immediately smitten with Juanita Mae Morris after meeting on a blind date.  On January 9th, 1965 He also met the little girl who stole his heart and would become his eldest daughter 2 year old, Donette.  When Donette met Dad she wanted to impress him by spinning around and around in little circles.  Dad told me that as soon as he saw my mother he knew he wanted to marry her. Donette immediately charmed him and he knew this sweet little girl was meant to be his daughter.


On February 27th, 1965 exactly 1 month and 2 weeks after meeting Nita, Bob asked her to be his wife.  That night they talked for hours in his car parked in Nita’s mother’s driveway.  When Bob and Nita walked into her mother’s house at 2 a.m. Nita’s Mother was waiting.  She asked Bob to have a seat and wanted to know what two respectable people could find to do at such an unreasonable hour.  Although it hadn’t been planned that way, Bob told his mother-in-law to be that Nita had agreed to be his wife that night and that they were planning an August wedding.


For 47 years, my dad always knew the right thing to do with and for his bride, and for those of you who know Nita that’s not always an easy task!

About a month after Bob and Nita’s engagement he came to pick her up for a Saturday night date.  After getting in the car and while driving to their destination Nita told Bob she wasn’t sure about all this, that maybe they were going too fast.  Without a word Bob made a U-turn with the car and started driving her home.  Nita asked what he was doing and he said “I’m taking you home.”  When she asked why he said, “Well if you don’t want to marry me, there is no point in me taking you out on a date.”  Mom started crying and said, “I didn’t mean it!”

Dad was like that he always knew how to handle mom. 


On August 1, 1965, Nita and Bob were married at her parent’s home in Lanham, Maryland.  They celebrated their honeymoon at the Jade Tree Hotel, in Myrtle Beach, SC.

I remember Dad frequently telling me “When I married your Mom I was teaching for the Montgomery County School System and thought, I can surely support a wife and daughter on $9,000.00 a year!”  He was always amazed at how the cost of living and salaries changed in his lifetime.

Another big event for Bob in 1965 was when he chose his first daughter Donette Dornburg, by legally adopting her.  I’m a little jealous Donette; he got to pick you as his daughter but for better or worse he was just stuck with me!


Bob graduated from American University with his masters Degree in Education, Administration and Supervision on June 4, 1967.

Bob was promoted to Elementary School Principal in the Montgomery County School System.  He was named the #1 Principal in the State multiple times, over the years, due to his schools having the highest achievement ratings.


In 1972 Nita and Bob moved into her parents basement apartment as they begin building their home in Mount Airy, Maryland.  Every night after work they would travel an hour to the house that they were building, work until exhausted, then return a hour back to their apartment.  In February 1973, Bob and a very pregnant Nita moved into their unfinished home so that they would be settled before the baby arrived.  In June of 1973 Bob became a father for the second time when I was born.  I turned the house upside down with severe colic and it’s never been the same since. Bob would walk me up and down the hall singing to me every night trying to hush the crying. 


One of my favorite memories of Dad when I was little, probably up until I was 6 years old was when I would hear him walking down stairs and I would wait upstairs for him with great anticipation. I would hide around the corner from the stairs, then when I was sure he was on the stairs, I would run and jump at him, surprising him.  He caught me EVERY time and never discouraged me from doing it again.  He loved that I trusted him like that and never wanted my trust to falter, that is why he never discouraged me.


Bob retired from the Maryland, Montgomery County School System in 1990, but he didn’t stop working, immediately.  He took real estate classes and on his first try passed the real estate exam. Bob sold houses for several years and then began to substitute teach which then led him to a full time position teaching at an Adventist Elementary School that was a three hour commute each way.  Then he became principal of Hadley Acres Adventist Elementary, which was much closer to home.


Bob loved sports.  He and his brother coached little league baseball for many years.  When Bob moved to the Washington area he became a devout Washington Redskin Fan.  When they built the new RFK stadium he was able to go and pick the seats he wanted on the 50-yard line in a great section!  I liked the Cowboys, the Redskins biggest rival and Dad would always save the tickets for the Redskin/Cowboys game so we could go together. Dad was passionate about his faith, family, friends,  sports, genealogy, and politics.


In 2003, upon Bob’s insistence, mom & dad sold the home that they had built together in Maryland and moved to Florida where he planned to retire.  In the first month after they arrived in Florida there were 3 hurricanes.  Dad told me that he did not move to Florida to die in a hurricane.  The other thing he complained about was that he always had bought citrus fruit by the case during it’s season in Maryland but in Florida, to his great frustration, the citrus fruit cost more.  So after 8 months of living in Florida, Bob and Nita moved to Greeneville, TN. 


Shortly after moving to Greeneville, they started to attend Riverview Community Church.  Nita and Bob found a church family. Thank you so much for loving my parents like you have.  I truly thank each of you for loving them and taking them into your heart.  Dad always loved the gatherings with the hoard.  Every night for bedtime prayer, Bob thanked God and asked for blessing upon those who were so kind to him and Nita by including them in their fellowship when they first arrived in Greeneville.

Donette and I were fortunate enough to celebrate Dad’s 80th birthday with him here in Greeneville with you.  Dad also got to meet his newest granddaughter Elise.  What a lovely time we shared with him then.


Bob adored Nita he always treasured her and treated her like a queen.  Over the last several years we talked often about my mother and he made me promise to take care of her when he was gone.  Dad was a worrier.  He always worried about Nita and wanted to make sure that she would always be taken care of even if he wasn’t personally here to make sure of it.


I feel so blessed that a week ago Thursday I brought my children to Greeneville to visit with my father for a long weekend.  I really thought he would still be here when we came back at Christmas.  We went home on Sunday and I talked to my Dad three times during the trip.  He was sad that the Redskins had lost their game on Sunday, but believed that they were going to make it to the super bowl this year.


On the evening of October 23rd, 2012, Bob took Nita out on what was to be their last date.  They had a lovely evening together enjoying each other’s company.  When they returned home they studied their Sabbath school lesson and prayed together before going to bed.  The last thing Bob ever did was consistent with his character he prayed for you, he prayed for each one of us in the family, for his friends, for his neighbors; for everyone that he loved.  

Dad prayed for our health, our success, and that most of all, each one of us would be with him in heaven one day soon. 

This was my father, my hero, and your friend, Robert Alan Dornburg.

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