April 11, 1930 – September 15, 2021 Bob Krone lived every moment of his 91st birthday to the full. After graduating from USC, Bob joined the US Air Force. As a member of the 469th Tactical Fighter Squadron, he was the first squadron commander to complete 100 combat missions in northern Vietnam and was awarded the Silver and Bronze Stars. While in the Air Force, he earned a master’s degree in public and international affairs (U of Pittsburgh 1965) and a doctorate in political and political science (UCLA 1972). Leaving the Air Force in 1975, Bob moved on to postgraduate education at USC and La Sierra University at the master’s and doctoral levels. In 2018, La Sierra University awarded him an honorary Doctor of Laws degree for his contribution to the educational goals of the University. In 2009, he co-founded the Kepler Space Institute, the only educational institution in the world dedicated to higher-level online programming for the establishment of space. He has been its president and guiding force throughout its stages of growth, from inception to licensing by the Florida Dept of Education. As part of KSI, he founded the peer-reviewed publication, The Journal of Space Philosophy, of which he was editor-in-chief until his death. Bob’s parents, Max and Beatrice Krone, founded the Idyllwild School of Music and the Arts (ISOMATA now Idyllwild Arts) in 1946. Bob remained involved with AI throughout his life, including serving on its board of directors. administration beginning in 1976. Bob was born in Champaign, Illinois. and grew up in Reno, Nevada. He is survived by his beloved wife Salena Gregory-Krone, his daughter Kat Krone, his step-sons Don and Bob Parker, his step-great-granddaughter Jessica Tucker and many other family members in California, in Nevada, Arizona, Massachusetts, Illinois and Texas. He will be buried at Riverside National Cemetery, no date has yet been set for the services.
Posted by San Bernardino County Sun on Sep 26, 2021.