Robert Graetz

  • Born: May 16, 1928
  • Died: September 20, 2020
  • Location: Montgomery, Alabama


Robert Graetz

Minister who helped organize Montgomery bus boycott

Rev. Robert Graetz was a Lutheran minister and civil rights activist who was among the residents of Montgomery, Alabama who organized a historic bus boycott. For full obituary and coverage from, click here.

Condolence & Memory Journal


Posted by Matthew McGuire - Cheshire, CT   October 14, 2020


Posted by Alishia - SC   October 01, 2020

Thank You Sir For Your Dedication To The Cause, Rest With God

Posted by William Robinson - Palm Bay, FL   September 28, 2020

My condolences to the family. Its a shame that the Civil rights that he helped with back in the 1960's, still exist, today. One day, our heavenly father, will definitely eliminate, all injustices, that exist, in this world. May the God of Comfort, continue to comfort the family, during these difficult times.

Posted by A friend   September 26, 2020

Dear Jeannie and Family
I was privileged to have known Rev. Graetz and you from the many Holocaust Educational Programs we shared together at AUM. My family and I are truly sorry for your loss. Please accept our sincerest condolences to the entire Graetz family. May G-d grant you strength, peace and comfort during this difficult time.
Max Herzel
Friend and Holocaust Survivor

Posted by Max Herzel - Homewood, AL - friend   September 26, 2020

Dear Jeannie and family
We were sorry to hear about your loss. Bob’s kindness and spiritual presence touched our family and all those he met and helped through the years. Jeannie and Bob were a team to behold. Team Graetz inspired kindness, spirituality, intolerance for cruelty and the courage to act for change.
In 1982, Reverend Graetz married us on a hillside in Ohio at the home of our good friends, the Mapes. Bob and Jeannie provided us a shining example of a path forward as we began building our team together. Thank you from us, our children and our grandchildren. Love to you all.
Karen and Tom Anderson

Posted by Karen and Tom Anderson - Friend   September 24, 2020

Sympathies to the family and love ones. May you hold your loving memories of him close and may your grand creator comfort you.

Posted by Odette Wells    September 24, 2020

Bob you were the best neighbor and I am privileged to have grown up knowing you. Your laugh was contagious.

Posted by Melody Allen - Neighbor   September 23, 2020

My mother, Jo-Ann Pfeifer Tabor, dated Pastor Graetz, while at Capital University. Our entire family has been studying his wonderful contributions to humankind. He will be missed! We have always felt a tiny connection and I even visited his church in Montgomery and place of residence. He really made a difference! God bless, Tina Tabor Blackburn

Posted by Tina Tabor Blackburn - Acquaintance   September 23, 2020


Posted by Scott Chamberland - Saint Agatha, ME   September 23, 2020

Rest in Power, Pastor Graetz! God Bless.
My sincere condolences to the Graetz family. ❤ Thank you.

Posted by Dorothy Thigpen - Columbus, OH - friend   September 23, 2020

So many are thankful to Robert Graetz, so very sorry, my sincere condolences to the Graetz family, may you find comfort from all of your many wonderful memories, may God strengthen all of you at this time.

Posted by A friend   September 22, 2020

Rest in Peace

Posted by Dyan Toepfer    September 22, 2020

Thank you. May you rest in Peace.

Posted by Marcus Clark    September 22, 2020

Thank you for the sacrifices you made for my people. Now rest in peace knowing that you did your best. Sincere condolences to the Graetz family.

Posted by Merrit Davis    September 22, 2020

Thank you for your courage and conviction. Rest in Peace.

Posted by A friend   September 22, 2020

Rev Bob Graetz was a shining light in my life. He was gracious enough to come all the way to Maui twice to inform students at the Charter School about the Montgomery Bus Boycott and who started the Civil Rights Movement. On his return it was to be , with Jeanne, Grand Marshal for MLK Day Celebration where our Mayor presented them with two Proclamations. Mahalo/Thanks Bob Graetz for helping us out.

Posted by Sandy and Jean Farmer-Wiley & Walker - Kihei, HI - friend   September 21, 2020

A supporter of civil rights whose hard work will never be forgotten. Sincere condolences to the Graetz family, truly sorry for your loss, may God grant strength and peace at this most difficult time of your loss.

Posted by A friend   September 21, 2020

Thanks for your work

God bless

Posted by Meredith G. Kemper    September 21, 2020

Heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of Mr. Graetz. May the God of tender mercies and ALL comfort, comfort you during this time.

Posted by RH    September 21, 2020

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Robert Graetz