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Robert Trostle Neher, American biology professor. Named Outstanding Teacher of Year, La Verne College, 1969-1970; recipient Els Johnson Community Service award, University La Verne, 2003, Distinguished Professor award, University LaVerne, 2005, 50 Year Service Recognition, 2008;, National Science Foundation grantee, 1960-1961, National Science Foundation faculty fellow, Indiana University, Bloomington, 1961-1962.


Neher, Robert Trostle was born on November 1, 1930 in Mount Morris, Illinois, United States. Son of Oscar Warner and Etha Mae (Trostle) Neher.


Bachelor in Science, Manchester College, Indiana, 1953. Master of Arts in Teaching in Biology, Indiana University, 1955. Doctor of Philosophy in Botany, Indiana University, 1963.

Master of Religious Education in Counseling, Bethany Seminary, Chicago, 1957.


Associate Christian education Church of Brethren, Elgin, Illinois, 1956. Assistant professor, then associate professor biology University LaVerne, California, 1958-1962, professor biology, since 1966, chairman national science division, since 1978, provost, vice president academy affairs, 2000-2001, 2005—2007. Director University LaVerne Field Station Magpie Ranch, Drummond, Montana, since 1994.

Deputy director National Energy Research and Information Institute, 1982-1988, chair pre-health science committee, program director, academic council, since 1985. Aquaculture consultant Bolsa Aquaculture Consortium, 1973-1976, AM China Corporation, 1981. Consultant development of in-service teaching training in environmental education Los Angeles Public Schools.

Director college level curriculum program Montclair High School, Van Nuys, California.


  • Other Work

    • Co-editor: Energy from Biomass, 1979. Contributor articles to professional journals.


City councilman LaVerne City Council, 1976-1984, mayor pro tempore, 1980-1984. Commissioner Los Angeles County Watershed Commission, 1976-1991. Board directors Pomona Valley Youth Services.

Juvenile division chairman 1978-1979. Chairman San Gabriel Valley Get-About Transportation Board, 1980-1984. Member Los Angeles County Solid Waste Curbside Recycling Task Force, 1980-1982.

Chairman La Verne City Commission on Environmental Quality, 1972-1975. Member La Verne City Planning Commission, 1966-1972. Moderator La Verne Church of Brethren, 1966-1975, chairman board 1977-1980, member church board directors, 1966-1984.

Trustee, officer San Gabriel Valley Mosquito and Vector Control District, since 1991. Member American Association for the Advancement of Science (life mem), American Society Plant Taxonomists, California Botanical Society, San Bernardino County Museum Association, Audubon Society, Sierra Club, National Geography Society, Sigma Xi.


Married Mary Rebecca Timmons, June 12, 1954. Children: Kenneth, Jon, Daniel.

Oscar Warner Neher

Etha Mae (Trostle) Neher

Mary Rebecca Timmons

Kenneth Neher

Jon Neher

Daniel Neher