Robert C. Lanman

Robert C. Lanman, PhD, 86, passed away Monday, April 10, 2017, at The Kansas City Hospice House. Bob was born October 2, 1930 in Bemidji, Minnesota to Thomas and Inga Lanman.  Bob was a 1948 graduate of Grand Rapids (MN) High School. Upon graduation he enlisted in the U.S. Navy where he served as an aerial photographer in the Korean War. When his naval service concluded in 1952, Bob graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1956 with a B.S. in Pharmacy. In 1957, while working as a pharmacist at Whittemore Drug Company in Grand Rapids, Minnesota he met and eventually married Dorothy Ann Desnoyers. Bob pursued his PhD in Pharmacology over the next several years while conducting his research at the National Institute of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, MD. He earned his Doctorate in Pharmacology from the University of Minnesota in 1967. Shortly thereafter the family moved to Kansas City where Bob accepted a faculty position at UMKC teaching pharmacology and toxicology until his retirement in 1992. He received several awards as the Professor of the Year in Pharmacology along with other society honors. Bob also was a successful entrepreneur co-founding Kansas City Analytical Services (KCAS) in 1978, with his business partner William Mason.  KCAS is still a progressive growing organization today. In his leisure time Bob enjoyed arranging music and singing. He was a member of Faith Quartet, the church choir, and was an avid member of the Four Freshmen Society. He loved to fish and ride four-wheelers in the Minnesota woods around their Sugar Lake summer home. Survivors include his wife, Dorothy, children; Michael (Trish) Lanman, Dianne (Mark) Gust, Douglas (Tiffany) Lanman, and Krista (Mike) Wingate, nine grandchildren; Kyler, Erik, Megan, Abby, Robert, Jennifer, Natalie, Braden, Katelyn, and brother, Thomas Lanman. Bob was preceded in death by his parents, and brother, James Lanman.





Visitation will be Wednesday, April 19, 2017 from 10-11 a.m. at Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 7851 W. 119th Street, Overland Park, Kansas 66213 with a funeral service immediately following at 11a.m. Burial will take place at Itasca Calvary Cemetery in Grand Rapids, Minnesota.





Memorial contributions in Bob’s name may be made to:

UMKC Pharmacy Foundation

Attn: Robert C. Lanman Scholarship Foundation

2464 Charlotte Street, Kansas City, Missouri 64108


KC Hospice House

Attn: Robert C. Lanman

12000 Wornall Road, Kansas City, MO 64146.    

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6 Comments on “Robert C. Lanman”

  1. Eric, Trish, Madeline & Claire Hatcher Says:

    To Dorothy, Michael, Dianne, Doug, and Krista – grandchildren, and extended family, we are deeply saddened to hear of the loss of your loving husband, father, and grandfather.

    The measure of Bob is the full life he had, and his large, loving family. May God bless all of you in this time of sadness and sustain you with loving memories of him.

  2. Lorraine Denson Says:

    “Never fear you are forgotten, I am still your Strength and Shield, even death to me will yield.”
    1 Corinthians 15:26

  3. Gwynne Bobich Says:

    Our sincere condolences to the Lanman family. We hope fond memories will ease this sad time.
    With Sympathy,
    Everyone at Sugar Lake Lodge

  4. Art and Kass Lanman Says:

    Dorothy and family we are so saddened about the news of Bob, we just arrived home Friday to find out. Love Prayers are with you all Art , Kass and family.

  5. Lisa & Chris Tobin Says:

    What a wonderful man your dad was, Dianne. We know he raised a wonderful daughter in you! Our condolences to you and yours as you go through this sad time. May fond memories keep your dad in your heart forever. Hugs to you!

  6. Abby Lanman Says:

    Dorothy and family..May God’s Love Be With You Today and Give Each Of You Strength and Comfort In The Days To Come. ♥️

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