Robert Sievers, Catholic Review editor

February 18, 2010|By Frederick N. Rasmussen

Robert John Sievers, former editor of The Catholic Review who later edited several trade publications, died Saturday of pneumonia at St. Joseph Medical Center. The Towson resident was 82.

Born in Leadville, Colo., the son of an insurance salesman and a homemaker, Mr. Sievers was a 1945 graduate of Regis Jesuit High School in Denver.

He enlisted in the Navy during the waning days of World War II and served aboard the cruiser USS Chicago in the Pacific.

After being discharged from the Navy in 1946, Mr. Sievers attended the University of Colorado at Boulder on the GI Bill of Rights and earned a bachelor's degree in 1950.

He worked briefly as a technical writer for Martin Marietta Corp. before taking a newspaper job with The Register in Denver.

He later was a photographer and news editor of The Catholic Post in Peoria, Ill., where he worked from 1963 until coming to Baltimore in 1971 as editor of The Catholic Review.

After leaving The Catholic Review in 1974, he worked in Washington editing several trade publications, including DISCUS, which was published by the Distilled Spirits Council of the U.S.

He retired in 1990.

An outdoorsman, Mr. Sievers enjoyed hiking, camping and fishing. He also enjoyed photography and visiting national parks.

Mr. Sievers was a communicant and lector at Immaculate Heart of Mary Roman Catholic Church, 8501 Loch Raven Blvd., Baynesville, where a Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 11 a.m. today.

Surviving are his wife of 53 years, the former Kathleen Welp; three sons, John D. Sievers of Towson, Brian P. Sievers of Bel Air and Brendan J. Sievers of Silver Spring; a daughter, Celia Lynch of Madonna; a brother, William E. Sievers of Denver; and seven grandchildren. Another son, Eric Sievers, died in 2003.

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