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In Memory of Dr. Robert B. Ashlock, 1930-2019

Robert Ashlock

Dr. Robert B. Ashlock, emeritus professor of education, passed away on March 28, 2019.


An Indiana native, Dr. Ashlock was a graduate of Butler College and Indiana University. He started his teaching career in Indiana public schools, and went on to serve in teaching roles at the University of Maryland, Reformed Theological Seminary, Belhaven College, and Covenant College.


He began teaching at Covenant in 1988 and officially retired in 2010. In his time as a faculty member, he helped to establish the school’s first graduate program, the Master of Education (M. Ed.) program, a remarkable contribution to Covenant’s success as an institution.


Dr. Ashlock’s book, Error Patterns in Computation, is yet another testament to his love for teaching. The book is a guide to teaching math, written for fellow educators. Originally published in 1972, it is now in its 10th edition and has also been published in Korean.


Dr. Ashlock was a Lookout Mountain resident and an active member of Lookout Mountain Presbyterian Church, where he participated in the church’s music program. Music was one of his greatest passions, especially the organ.


He is survived by his lovely wife of 67 years, Julia Ann Bronnenberg Ashlock; brother, John Curtis Ashlock of Henderson, Nevada; daughter, Joli Ann Moore of Flintstone, Georgia; son, Alan Dean Ashlock of Bunker Hill, West Virginia, and eight grandchildren: April Duffey, Justin Ashlock, Joshua Moore, Joanna Moore, Benjamin Ashlock, Joseph Moore, John Moore and Jason Moore, along with 13 great-grandchildren.


Dr. Ashlock’s daughter, Joli (Ashlock) Moore ’78, his son-in law, Joe Moore ’80, and his grandson Jason Moore ’16 graduated from Covenant College.


For information on the memorial service and memorial contributions, read Dr. Ashlock’s obituary here.


Story by Sarah Dreher ’21