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Robert Ahlstrom - Class Of 1966

Robert Ahlstrom

Robert Howard Ahlstrom Obituary
Robert Howard Ahlstrom

Reno - It is with immense sorrow the family of Robert H. Ahlstrom announces his untimely passing on September 4, 2018 at the age of 70.

Robert was born November 27, 1947 in Boulder City, NV to Jack and Fae Ahlstrom. With both of his parents as practicing dentists, Robert followed their footsteps and attended Arizona State University in preparation for dental school. Shortly before entering dental school he joined the U.S. Army and served in the dental unit at Fort Sam Houston. On acceptance to the University of the Pacific Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry he moved to San Francisco and completed his dental school in 1975. Immediately following, he attended the University of North Carolina School of Dentistry where he completed a residency in Prosthodontics and graduated with a Master of Science in Oral Medicine. Dr. Ahlstrom returned to the San Francisco Bay area to teach prosthodontics at UOP and practiced with Dr. Henry Sutro in Piedmont, CA. Returning to his Nevada roots, he opened his practice in 1979. He returned to teaching in 1999 as the director of the implant clinic at UOP, while he maintained his dental practice in Reno for over 35 years.

He is survived by his loving wife Walli; son R.W.; daughter Brooke (Christopher); granddaughter Kianna and soon to be born grandson Dante, in addition to his sister Jacki, brother Danny (Pandora), and nephew and niece Luke and Brittany. Dr. Ahlstrom was a member of several local and national dental societies and will be missed by his beloved colleagues, friends, and patients.

One of Robert's greatest pleasures was watching a patient's transformation with the improvement of a smile. The pride in his work is reflected by the thousands of patients treated under his care with precision, dedication, and a unique obligation that he was responsible for improving their quality of life. Teaching dental students was another one of his great pleasures. He enjoyed watching them mature in the practice of dentistry, giving them guidance, and support throughout their dental school careers. His goal in teaching was to make a student the best they could be. His love for the dental profession was evident through his numerous accomplishments and will be forever cherished.

No services are planned at this time. The family requests in lieu of flowers that his friends and colleagues make a monetary donation or a donation of their time and skills to Northern Nevada Dental Health Programs Adopt-A-Vet Dental. The family invites you to leave a condolence message on the book of memories at:
Published in Reno Gazette-Journal on Sept. 23, 2018

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09/24/18 10:34 AM #1    

Bill Lawellin (1962)

So sad.  I was in his brother's class and really only knew Dr. Ahlstrom "Robert" by reputation.  He was a gentleman and standout in the Reno community.  He set a pretty high bar his family can certainly harbor in comforting their loss.  BCHS can be proud to call Robert one of our own!

12/09/18 11:21 AM #2    

Pete Ostergard (1962)

My condolences to his family, he was a good person with great accomplishments. That picture

of him sorta reminds me of Danny, love the stash.

12/10/18 02:03 PM #3    

Bill Conners (1966)

Robert and I were like brothers during most of our high school years.  We walked to school down H street every day until he got a motorcyle, then he picked me up on M Street.  We were very close until after we graduated from high school and went different ways.  We only spoke a couple of times thereafter, but I considered him to be a core friend--one that was there during our formative years.  He was such a great guy, and I know that he will be sorely missed.  Condolences to his family, and I know he leaves a huge hole to fill in their lives.  Thanks, Robert, for the memories.  Bill Conners

03/22/19 09:23 PM #4    

Karl Miller (1961)

Very sorry to see this notice of Robert's passing, and my best wishes to his family and friends.   I was often at the Ahlstrom's house due to living a few houses away on Avenue H, and spending a lot of time hanging out with Danny, so got to see Robert when he was growing up.   He was mischievous and inquisitive.  Sounds like he accomplished a really lot of good in his life.    Karl Miller.   

03/23/19 09:49 AM #5    

Elaine Roberts (1966)

I'm so very sorry that I couldn't attend Robert's memorial service. He was a great friend all through my Boulder City school years. May he Rest In Peace. 

Elaine Roberts

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