Bob Goggin – In Memoriam

Bob Goggin was an active volunteer for the American Lung Association in California for over two decades. A journalist and public relations professional by trade, Bob lent his expertise and in-depth knowledge of air quality issues to the organization by advocating for healthy lungs and clean air.

He started volunteering for the Lung Association in 1990 as a member of the American Lung Association in California – San Diego’s Occupational and Environmental Health Committee. He then served on the San Diego Leadership Board from 2001 until 2013. Bob also was an active participant at Lung Association events such as the Fight For Air Walk and Evening in the Sky gala, raising funds for the mission and helping to spread the word throughout San Diego. 

Bob graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Portland, and received his Master’s Degree in Communications and Journalism from Stanford University. He spent nine years with NBC News as a radio and television reporter, and covered the John F. Kennedy presidential campaign in 1960 as well as both the Republican and Democratic Conventions in 1964 and 1968. He also interviewed personalities ranging from former presidents Ronald Reagan and Richard Nixon to celebrities such as Frank Sinatra, Vivien Leigh, Fred Astaire, and Lucille Ball among others.

Bob switched to public relations in 1967 and formed his own agency in 1970. He also taught journalism at San Diego State University and Cal Poly San Luis Obispo during the 1970s and 1980s. He then worked as Manager of Public Information for the Air Pollution Control District in San Diego and retired from that position in 1997.

Bob passed away on May 9, 2013. The American Lung Association in California lost a good friend and a strong advocate, and he will be missed tremendously. To honor Bob’s work and legacy, his family requested memorials to be sent to the Lung Association’s Bob Goggin Memorial Fund.