Robert J. “Bob” Schihl, Ph.D., STL, 83, of Chesapeake, died Thursday, Aug. 8, 2019, after deciding not to fight cancer but to put his prognosis in the hands of God.
Bob was born in Buffalo, New York, to the late Harold and Lucille (Hess) Schihl. He was a member of Church of the Ascension, Virginia Beach.
He was preceded in death by a son, Joel Schihl; and brothers, Ronald and Raymond Schihl.
He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Joanne; son, Jonathan; granddaughter, Zoe Schihl Fanning; brother, Richard and Mary Lou Schihl; nieces, Becky, Amy and Kelli, and their families; and nephew, Aaron, and family.
Dr. Bob was a professor emeritus after retiring from Regent University. He was one of 12 founding professors hired by Pat Robertson as he began CBN University, now Regent. He had a long career teaching mass communication in television. Bob also authored several books on television production.
Bob shared the Gospel message throughout his life in many churches in the Dioceses of Buffalo, New York; Richmond; Gela, Italy; and Anchorage, Alaska. He also co-authored “Catholic Apologetics” with Paul Flanagan.
A joyful Mass of resurrection will be celebrated at 11 a.m., Wednesday, Aug. 14, at Church of the Ascension, 4853 Princess Anne Road, Virginia Beach, with the Rev. Joseph Clark officiating. The family will receive friends at the church one hour prior to services, followed by a reception in the Community Center after the service. Burial will be held in Colonial Grove Memorial Park.
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