Title: TX Birth Index, 1903-1997
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Note: Roberta "Bobbie" Geer, a Baptist minister's wife who supervised award-winning high school newspapers from Miami to Marshall, Texas, has died after a long bout with cancer. She was 64. Under her guidance, the Killian High School Cougar's Roar won so many state and national awards that former Miami News columnist Ellis Berger once suggested that her Killian paper "would compete well with any typical community newspaper." High school journalism teachers are often reluctant to let students tackle sensitive and controversial issues. Not Geer. Her students produced issues dealing with AIDS, birth control and school clinics. "She made sure both sides were treated fairly and objectively," said Killian Principal Anthony M. Pariso. "She was an outstanding educator." Geer often stayed after school for three or four hours "approving our editing and p. layouts when most journalism teachers simply sent the raw material to a printer's shop," said Ted Bridis, a former Killian student who works for Associated Press in Oklahoma. "At the University of Missouri, considered among the finest journalism college in the country, I wasn't taught p. design until my junior year. Mrs. Geer taught us in 11th grade. I still use her lessons every day." Geer also sponsored student papers in Sarasota and Marshall, Texas. "She taught me more about writing and editing than any of the journalism professors I had in college," said one of her former Marshall students, Roddy Stinson, now a columnist for the San Antonio Express-News. "The Ramp won just about every national and state award possible during the time Bobbie was its sponsor," recalled Edward Brown, Jr., former principal of Riverview High School in Sarasota, where Geer taught from 1972 to 1980. "She really cared for her students, and they could sense this quality in her." Geer like to tell her Killian students that when she started out in Marshall, the school paper "was only four p.s, advertising was 50 cents an inch and we drew p. dummies on the backs of book covers." By the time she got to Killian in 1982, advertising was flirting with $5 an inch and papers were usually 12 p.s. She pushed her staff for new ways to explain things, once demanding that reporters find out whether the amount of milk used in the cafeteria would fill up a swimming pool. She constantly begged reporters for more "sparkle" in their writing. This led mischievous seniors to give her a gift-wrapped box of glitter at the end-of-school-year party. Geer was a Baptist minister's wife for 41 years. Her husband, the Rev. Robert Geer, is missions pastor of Riverside Baptist Church. A year before her death, Geer joined her husband on a mission trip to Belize, where they ran a Bible school for young children. A lifelong Sunday School teacher, Geer once taught a class that had people born in seven countries. She wound up using Chinese, Spanish and Dutch translations of the Bible to get her message across. As the cancer spread to her spine and the prognosis grew grim, Geer took solace in scripture. "Naturally," she would say, "I want to live like anyone else does. But at the same time I know I am walking with the Lord and he gives me the Scriptures that help me." She is survived by her husband Robert; a sister, Nancy Langford; two children, Fred Geer, 32, and Mary Ann Geer McBath, 31; and a grandchild, Megan McBath. Visitation is 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at Van Orsdel Funeral Home, 11200 N. Kendall Dr. A memorial service will be held Sunday at 4 p.m. at Riverside Baptist Church, 10775 SW 104th St. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to the Florida Baptist Children's Home, 7748 SW 95th Ter.
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