PABLO – Robert Meyer Peregoy, also known as Bob Peregoy, passed away Friday, Aug. 21, 2015, from natural causes that took all of us by surprise. Bob was born April 14, 1947, to Francis Nathan and Donna Mae (Meyer) Peregoy in San Francisco.
Bob graduated from high school in Madera, California. He went on and graduated with a B.A. in political science from the University of California-Santa Barbara in 1969. He further matriculated to complete his MPA in public administration from the University of California-Los Angeles in 1971. In 1979 he graduated with his Ed.D. from Montana State University in which he created the Native American studies program. He then attended law school full time and received his juris doctorate from the University of California-Berkeley.
From 1991 to 1996, he was chief appellate court judge for Confederated Salish & Kootenai Tribes in Pablo.
From 1984 to 1999, he was senior staff attorney for the Native American Rights Fund (NARF), Boulder, Colorado. His duties and responsibilities included managing attorney of NARF’s Washington, D.C., office; director of Legislative Affairs; and member of Litigation Management Committee. Practice involved litigation and advocacy on behalf of Indian tribes, organizations and individuals in judicial, legislative and executive branches of federal, state and tribal governments.
From 1999 to 2001, he started Robert M. Peregoy Law Office and Consulting Services, Solo Practitioner.
Bob started his long-term career at Salish Kootenai College in 2001 to the time of his unexpected death. He served the college as associate vice president for Academic Affairs (2002-'04); and director, Office of Institutional Research and Director, Office of Career and Technical Education from 2001 to present.
Bob was recipient of the 2014 SKC Bitterroot Award for fundraising efforts that have created the strong roots that enable Salish Kootenai College to flourish.
“The Bitterroot has been an important staple to the people of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes since the beginning of time. It represents strength, nourishment and sustainability, and recognizes attributes to Bob’s fundraising and value the contributions he has made to SKC’s institution.”
He is survived by his beloved dog, Bandit; brother, Dr. John Peregoy and Fraggles the dog of Polson; his sister, Susan Peregoy-Boyle of Mill Valley, California; his close friends; and his Salish Kootenai College family he loved.
A celebration of life for Bob will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 29, on the Salish Kootenai Campus in the Arlee/Victor Theatre in Pablo. Urn burial will be held privately at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the Salish Kootenai College Foundation, P.O. Box 70, Pablo, MT; or the Student Scholarship Fund.
Memories and condolences for Bob may be sent to the family at thelakefuneralhomeandcrematory.com. Arrangements are under the direction of The Lake Funeral Home and Crematory.