Robert Rankin (1947)

Emeritus Professor of Sociology, California State University, Chico


A memorial service will be held for Robert Parks Rankin, 93 of Chico, on Saturday, Dec. 10, 2005 at 2 p.m. at the Trinity United Methodist Church. He passed away Friday, Dec. 2, 2005 at the Sierra Sunrise Health Center.

Bob was born July 28, 1912 to John and Irene Rankin in Pueblo, Colorado. He received his B.A. degree from San Jose State, M.A. from Union Theological Seminary in New York City and his doctorate degree from U.C. Berkeley. During World War II he served in the U.S. Navy as Chaplain.

In 1938 he married Madge Slayden in Waverly, Tenn. Bob was a Methodist minister in El Cerrito, Santa Rosa, Orland, and Red Bluff and was a sociology professor at Chico State until he retired in 1975. He loved playing the guitar and piano, skiing, hiking, reading and golf. He enjoyed traveling the world and spent a summer in Japan with Madge and daughter Jo on a U.O.P. tour.

His survivors include son Jim Rankin of Port Angeles, Wash.; daughter Jo Rankin of Ashland, Ore.; six grandchildren, Karli Farley of San Clemente, Chris Ballard of Dana Point, Todd Rankin of Port Angeles, Wash., Drew Rankin of Seattle, Wash., Bret Rankin of Walla-Walla, Wash. and Kari Jacobs of Windsor and seven great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Trinity United Methodist Church in care of the Brusie Funeral Home which is handling the arrangements.

Published in Chico Enterprise-Record on December 6, 2005

Dissertation Title
Religious Ideas and Church Administration: A Sociological Study of Methodism
Present Location
2750 Sierra Sunrise terrace, The Inn, Room #8, Chico, CA 95928