Robert Ivan Reynolds

Date of Birth

July 20, 1950

Date of Death

March 10, 2013

City of Death

Santa Barbara

07/20/1950 – 03/10/2013
Dr. Bob, as he was lovingly known, passed away leaving a void in many people’s lives. It was a full and fulfilling life even though cut short by cancer. As a teenager, he became chess champion of Santa Barbara and was a guest lecturer at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History on astronomy. Bob attended UCSB and did his graduate work at the University of Chicago and Rutgers University. Upon receiving his Ph.D. in Psychology, Bob taught at Nasson College in Maine, and Fordham and Yeshiva Universities in New York. At the age of 44, he became interested in natural medicine and entered the College of Naturopathic Medicine in Arizona where he received his ND. Upon his return to Santa Barbara, he set-up his practice. He also taught multiple classes in health at Santa Barbara City College, had a radio program, was a Master Chess Champion, published two books and had just completed a third book before he became ill. Among Bob’s extensive adventures, his travels included Yugoslavia, Bhutan, Iceland and Shiraz, Iran where he barely got out of the country before the hostage takeover. Bob loved helping people; that was his primary goal in life. Bob is survived by his loving mother, Helen Reynolds; by his beloved Aunt Rose whom he playfully called “Auntie Mame”, by Uncles George Ambroff and John Ambroff, his Aunt Melba and many cousins. He was preceded in death by his father, Ivan Reynolds and brother Michael. He appreciated the many kindnesses shown during his illness, by cousins Ron and Melody Ambroff; also the prayers of the dear Franciscan nuns—Sister Angela and Sister Norberta; and Dr. Carney who was so kind and helpful at Serenity House. Special thanks to his close friends and colleagues, Lance Hering, Mark Rudderham, Kathy Stiles, and Zack Frank.

Bob, you will be missed! Thank you for being my wonderful son. With love, Mom.

Memorial services will be held at the Santa Barbara Vedanta Temple on April 6 at 11:00 A.M. To attend reception, R.S.V.P. (805) 284-6841. Arrangements by Welch-Ryce-Haider Funeral Chapels. Online condolences may be left at


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