Dr. Robert LaRocque (69) of Dunedin, Florida died Sept. 9, 2013 in Little Rock, Arkansas. He was born October 23, 1943 in Amarillo, Texas to the late Eugene R. and Charlotte Herzog LaRocque. He received an undergraduate degree from Wichita State University and a Ph.D. from Georgia State University. He served with distinction in the Vietnam War as a member of the Elite Special Forces (Green Berets) receiving the Combat Infantryman's badge, Bronze Star medal, and Silver Star among others. He spent the majority of his professional career in service to soldiers to include roles as Director of the Operations Analysis Center, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, Director of the National Simulation Center at Fort Leavenworth, and Assistant Deputy Chief of Staff for Training -US Army. During his military career he also received the Iron Cross in Gold from the Federal Republic of Germany and La Medal Defense de la Nationale from the government of France for his contributions to their strategic defense.
After leaving the federal service in 1998, he began the last phase of his career with the consulting firm Booz Allen Hamilton, continuing his lifelong service trying to improve the ways and means the American soldier employs to carry out his mission. At Booz Allen he became known as the 'go to' person integrating an executive understanding of challenges into solutions to meet the challenges. Dr. LaRocque's personal and professional reputation enabled him to bring the best talent together for lasting solutions. "Dr. Bob" left his mark on the clients he supported, the solutions he produced and the relationships he fostered.
During his brief retirement, he enjoyed participating in Rotary International, where he was a Paul Harris fellow. He had special devotion to the Knights of Columbus and was named a Fourth Degree Knight in 2008.
He is survived by his wife, Beverly Clegg LaRocque, daughter, Laurie M. LaRocque, son, Jon P. LaRocque, and sister, Leeann Smolczyk of Liberty, Missouri. He was preceded in death by his parents and an unborn child.
A funeral mass will be held September 27, 2013 at 10:30 at St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church in Clearwater Florida. A graveside service with military honors will be held Oct. 2, 2013 at Sunset Memory Gardens, Parkersburg, W.Va.
The family has designated three charities for contributions: The Gary Sinise Foundation, The Myeloma Institute for Research and Therapy at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and The St. Vincent de Paul Society at St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church in Clearwater, Florida.