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This is the Robert Phelan memorial fund. Your thoughtful contribution will go to support his family with the funeral expenses.

Bob passed away suddenly on the evening of August 9, 2012. He was found unconscious at his study desk by his wife Ethel, where he was frequently found asleep, likely having logged in long hours either moderating the blog "Watts Up with That," or correcting term papers from his Sociology students. It is believed by doctors he had suffered a massive heart attack in his sleep and went quickly and peacefully, just as he would have wanted it. There were no previous indications of illness leading up to this.

He had spent the day with his daughter and wife, and spent the previous weekend with much of his extended family.


Before he passed, he was very satisfied with his work as a sociology professor and he was extremely proud of his contributions as moderator and researcher for the most read blog on climate change, Upon hearing of his passing the writer of the blog, Anthony Watts, an American meteorologist president of IntelliWeather Inc., and founder of the project that documents the siting of weather stations across the United States offered some words:

As a sociologist, he understood people, and with a steady and fair hand proceeded to keep order in an often raucous debate. His skill at even-handedness brought him respect from both sides of the debate. It was a pleasure to have his presence, and we are all poorer for his absence. I think this comment left at WUWT, upon hearing of his death sums up Bob’s contribution the best:

"I never met him. I never even suffered his moderatory lash. But I saw what he did on WUWT to promote free and peaceful discourse. He was a good man, an honest man. A “Feyn” man, if I may be excused the pun. Robert’s fellows in the sociological world would do well to look at this phenomenon. How the Internet has drawn together people who have values in common, such as honest science, and is making us into extended families."


If you want to send a donation by mail, please send checks to attention: Diane Phelan

209 W. 102nd Street, #2A New York, NY 10025

If Paypal is your option, you can find Diane at

All your generous contributions, thoughts and prayers are deeply appreciated.

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