Photographer, pharmacist Bob Lickter dead at 68 |

Photographer, pharmacist Bob Lickter dead at 68

Known for his work behind the camera, longtime Nevada City resident Bob Lickter died unexpectedly Saturday. He was 68.

A retired pharmacist and photographer, Mr. Lickter died at home. The cause of his death wasn’t yet known Sunday, said daughter Maggie Lickter, though she said he’d recently complained of chest pains.

Known for his work as a volunteer photographer and for his involvement with the Nevada City Free Press and Nevada City Independent, Mr. Lickter also freelanced and spent a great deal of time volunteering with the South Yuba River Citizens League since 1983.

Maggie Lickter said her father loved his work as a photographer.

“Bob could be found with his camera at parades, bike races, local political actions, festivals, parties, and Yuba River hiking trails,” Maggie Lickter wrote in an e-mail. “His film captured the images of our community, the faces of local characters and beautiful women.”

Born in Burbank in 1942, Mr. Lickter grew up there and attended the pharmacy program at the University of Southern California.

He moved to the area in the early 1970s after serving in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. He worked at a number of pharmacies and hospitals while living in the area before retiring from his job in 2008.

Longtime Nevada City councilman Paul Matson, a friend, said Mr. Lickter’s death was unexpected and will leave a void.

“Bob was always willing to help with any civic function,” Matson said. “He did a fabulous job recording all of the people in this community, and will be missed.”

Survivors are daughters Maggie, 25, and Kate, 21, former wife Mary McClain and girlfriend Roshaun O’Neill. .

Kathy Dotson, who directed SYRCL’s Wild and Scenic Film Festival until this year and worked with Mr. Lickter on many occasions, said he was a caring friend even after their professional relationship ended.

“He just always made you feel really good,” Dotson said. “After I left the film festival, he e-mailed me every week to see how I was doing. I was shocked to hear he died; he was taken away too early.”

Mr. Lickter’s daughters released the following statement on his death and said information on his funeral services are forthcoming this week.

“Our Dad loved to take us to beautiful outdoor places, seeing himself in the coyotes that dotted his mountainous home, and captivated by all the things that could and couldn’t fit inside his camera lens. He would get into uncontrollable fits of laughter and a deep-spirited love of everything around him. His passionate engagement with life left a lasting impression on me to find and cultivate beauty inside and out.”

To contact Staff Writer Kyle Magin, e-mail or call (530) 477-4239.

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