The REA is in mourning for its friend, founding member, and leader, Bob Wears.
Those of you who wish to express their condolence to Bob’s family or/and pay him tribute can do it through this condolence book. It will be conveyed to his family.
The few times I met Bob personally, I was impressed by his calm wisdom, socially as well as academically. It is a terrible thing to lose him.
I am so sorry to hear the sad news about Bob. I first met him in Juan les Pins in 2006 then kept in touch since then, including as part of his PhD jury. Bob was a fascinating guy with a rich mixed background of disciplines which he integrated in an expended view of the safety & resilience issue. He was a lovely person and I will forever remember his company and our conversations in 2014 in Danemark then Scotland. His knowledge and wisdom will leave a large hole in our community of researchers and practitioners. My thoughts are with his friends and family.
My heartfelt condolences to Bob's family over the sudden loss of an amazing person. I always looked forward on our Resilience Healthcare Learning Network conference calls when Bob was either presenting or adding his deep insights on a topic. He truly will be missed.
It's very hard to accept that such a brilliant, warm, modest and funny man has suddenly left us. And the world is unquestionably a poorer place for his departure. My heart goes out to his family, who must all be devastated by the huge loss. Bob, I'm really going to miss you. You were truly great.
I first met Bob Wears in the 2012 RHCN meeting in Denmark and based on this contact I was eventually introduced to healthcare researchers from my own University who I did not know - this played a key role for the start of resilient healthcare research in my University. My memory of him is that of a very friendly person, a brilliant academic and an enthusiastic member of resilience engineering. My condolences to his family.
As mentioned in the Resilience Health Care Network. A very sad news. I first meet Bob during Resilience Engineering symposiums then also during FRAMily meetings. I remember his curiosity about FRAM during the meetings at Sophia Antipolis. I am impress about his work and publications. He provided great contributions to resilience engineering, safety science and complex systems. His work within health care has been a source of inspiration. His humbleness, curiosity, critical view and knowledge are excellent examples. I will miss him, it is a intense loss as Erik Hollnagel express in the RHCN. I am very thankful for his work and opportunities I had to discuss and interact with Bob.
In March 2012, I met Bob Wears for the first time at a conference in Copenhagen, the 2nd Nordic Conference on the Research in Patient Safety & Quality. He presented the challenges of standardizing complex systems like health care. His presentation started with the question “Is standardised Care a Solution to Safety & Quality Issues?”. People around me said “You will enjoy this presentation by Mr. Standardization”. During his presentation, Bob unfolded to me a totally new perspective on standardization when dealing with complex and chaotic work situations. I still have the slides from the presentation. I still remember him saying: “ Everybody wants standards to make somebody else do something”, “ Hindsight does not lead to foresight” in a complex world and “When all think alike, no one thinks very much”. Later I got to know Bob as a pleasant, warm and humorous man. Bob stayed for a month at the Centre of Quality in Middelfart, Denmark. I work in the centre on resilience together with a good friend of Bob, Erik Hollnagel. Bob wanted to start writing a book. At work at the centre, I enjoyed the everyday contact with Bob and the beautiful debates related to resilience and complexity between Erik Hollnagel and Bob during coffee breaks. I know that Bob enjoyed biking in the beautiful nature around Middelfart and the local beer from breweries near Middelfart. I will always remember Bob and how he has influenced my work to improve quality and patient safety in health care.
A remarkable man and an amazing thought leader and contributor to the fields and science of patient safety and resilience engineering. What gifts he has left us with... Comfort to his friends and family in knowing that he made a difference in the lives of many.
Bob was such a positive influential thinker and brought a very practical, pragmatic lens to this complex area of system research. I (try to) apply these ideas to patient flow challenges daily. Bob will be sorely missed.
I was very privileged to have had Bob Wears as the external examiner on my doctoral defense - I needed to do some heavy lobbying to my committee, and was delighted when the logistics worked out. He later gave a talk for the system safety society which will be fondly remembered by those present. His wisdom will always be with us, as he has written prolifically for decades, and has tirelessly (as many gurus in Safety) presented a new way to look at our world. My sincerest condolences to his family and friends - he will be missed by very very many.
As a graduate student and later as postdoc, Bob was my 'go-to' person for advice on resilience in health care. This was because he was brilliant at articulating deep insights, while always being so approachable and warm as a person. When he was in Boston last year for a lecture, he came to me after a dinner meet, appreciated my work as a young researcher and said "If there is any way in which I could be helpful to you, do not hesitate to let me know". Such a class act. But that was Bob. He will always remain in my heart.
Always in my heart for your positive energy and kindness. See you in next life Sincerely yours, Sara
I will miss Bob as a loyal, open and very friendly colleague and member of the REA Council. His contributions to the REA community will not be forgotten. I wish his family all strengths with this loss.
I met Bob at the REA conference in 2015 and walked away inspired by his presentation and work in the healthcare domain. Though he is no longer with us, his work is long-standing and will have a lasting impact.
A good heart has stopped beating, a good soul ascended to heaven. I am deeply saddened by the news of your loss. I pray that God will grant you the strength. My most sincere condolences.
Remembering Bob's thoughtful kindness in conversation my heartfelt sympathies to those who have lost a friend, colleague and dear person.
On behalf of the European Association for Aviation Psychology (EAAP) I would like to express our sincere condolences. The Aviation community will miss you Bob!
My deepest sympathies go out to Bob's family.
I would like to take this opportunity to express my deepest condolences for your loss. Bob’s thoughts are kept in his work and literature and continue to growth in us and whatever we do in the future.
This is a deeply sad time for the many friends of Bob. My heart felt best wishes to the grieving family and many friends who have lost an amazing person. Bob was a deep intellectual and yet also a highly skilled practitioner ( a rare combination. His work on resilience as captured in the forthcoming book with Kathleen Sutcliffe is a staggering piece of logical, reflective, comprehensive , and historical review of the patient safety movement since 'To Err is Human". Bob's legacy lives in all of us who had the great fortune to work with him, engage in debate, and think sensibly about where patient safety needs to go. His understanding of the deepest implication of resilience was a joy to behold. I know of at least two people who could not put down his latest work with Kathleen. This is a testament to his broad clinical and social understanding of healthcare and also, clearly his ability as a writer. As a leading thinker, mentor in issues regarding healthcare safety and being a wonderful, joyful and very humerus person, Bob will be profoundly missed.