March 14, 2008
~ written by Robert E. Novak
Robert W. “Bob” Gardner was a considerate, talented and caring man who brought excellence to each aspect of his life. Professionally, the Jesuit educated Marine veteran shared not only his legal skill, but also his exceptional sense of fairness with both clients and opponents throughout his career. A native of Cincinnati, he earned his J.D. from the Salmon P. Chase College of Law and began his professional career with the First National Bank of Cincinnati. He was appointed Assistant Treasurer of the State of Ohio in 1964 prior to starting his law practice in Columbus.
Bob gave time and talent to people and causes outside his profession. His activities encompassing Cub and Boy Scouts, Toastmasters, Catholic Businessman’s Club and the American Institute of Banking, in addition to membership in Columbus, Ohio and American Bar Associations. For over 44 years, he was an active parishioner of St. Timothy Catholic Church, serving in many ways in the activities of the parish. His wife of nearly 56 years, Marty, 3 sons, 3 daughters, 14 grandchildren, one great grandchild and a host of friends survive him.
Even in death Bob continues his service to his fellow man as, per his request, he is an anatomical donor to The Ohio State University Medical School. The legal profession is a better place because Bob Gardner was part of it.
Robert E. Novak