November 1, 1921 – March 12, 2021
Rupert proudly was in his 100th year, and lived life to its fullest. He was born and raised in Portland, Oregon, son of Henry Cline Fixott and Eva Jane Scott Fixott. He was the youngest of three sons, brother to Richard and Cline Jr. He attended Grant High School and was a cross-country runner and sang in the A Capella Choir.
He enjoyed his time as a Boy Scout, a Sea Scout, and later as an adult Scouter for over 20 years. The highlight of his Scouting career was attendance at the 5th World Jamboree of Scouting in Holland in 1937.
During the war, he served as Navy Corpsman for three years in hospitals stateside and on Midway Island. He later served as a Navy Dentist for three years in the states and Japan during the Korean War after completing dental school.
Rupert was in the Class of 1943 at Oregon State University, and after graduation from University of Oregon Dental School in 1951 and service in the Navy, he practiced as a Pediatric Dentist for 45 years in California and Oregon. He was a Fellow of the American College of Dentists since 1970 and held leadership roles in state and local dental associations.
He had 33 wonderful years of marriage to Ann Reed. They have a son, Richard, who is now a retired dentist in Oregon, and a daughter, Ann Star, (Michael), who is a retired nurse in California. He has two grandsons, David and Jeffrey Heer. Jeffrey is married to Daniela Rosner. Rupert also has two great-grandchildren, Amara and Sebastian. After Ann passed away from cancer, Rupert married Margie Hurley, and they enjoyed 24 years together before she passed away from complications of cancer.
Rupert served as a member of Rotary Clubs and Lions Clubs in California and Oregon for over 60 years. He especially enjoyed serving as Sight and Hearing chairman and 1st grade Flag Chairman in the King City Lions Club.
Active all his life, he enjoyed cycling and did Cycle Oregon six times. He enjoyed snow skiing until the age of 94. He loved barbershop singing with the Tualatin Valley Harmony Masters, and volunteering with Legacy Meridian Park Medical Center in Oregon. He was also very active in Oregon Masters Swimming. The highlight of his swimming career was being a member of an Oregon relay team that set a world record in the 400 SCM freestyle for the combined age group of Mens 320-360. The other members of the relay were Wink Lamb, Robert Smith and the late Milton Marks.
He also held several state records, and continued in the sport until the age of 96. You can read a Swimmer Spotlight article on Rupert in the April, 2016, Aqua Master at this link: https://swimoregon.org/AquaMaster/2016/04April2016AM.pdf
He left an amazing legacy for us all.
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