Bob Stevens, 1945-2014

Eric Kaminsky - January 02, 2014 11:02 AM


Bob Stevens behind the wheel of his 1960 Corvette convertible.


34-year-old Bob Stevens assumed the reins of Cars & Parts on September 1, 1979.


Bob Stevens with publisher Wayne Lawrence review cover designs.


The Cars & Parts staff (Bob Stevens in cap with sunglasses) stand with Peggy Sue, a 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air the magazine restored and gave away in 1992.

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 Former Cars & Parts editor Bob Stevens passed away January 1, 2014 at his home in Sidney, Ohio.

Stevens was named editor of Cars & Parts in 1979, assuming the reins on September 1 after relocating from his native Detroit to Sidney, Ohio.

A subscriber to the old car magazine for many years, he answered a blind box classified ad in the Detroit News when it was seeking a new editor; he was hired by then-publisher Wayne Lawrence.

Prior to joining Cars & Parts, Stevens was a writer for Automotive News for three years, then another seven years for Autoproducts and Automotive Design & Development magazines. He also worked for two years as a contract employee for Chevrolet, editing three of its internal publications, before accepting the job with Cars & Parts.

He served as editor of Cars & Parts for 25 years before being named editor-at-large in 2004. He retired in September 2010.

Stevens was also a U.S. Army veteran, serving during the Vietnam War.

He is survived by his wife, Dahlia, and two daughters, Mrs. Joshua (Sandra) Smith of Matoon, Illinois, and Julie Stevens, of Troy, Michigan, and six grandchildren (Charis, Maria, Constance, Merlin, Bonaventura and Digna Smith). He is also survived by one sister, Carol Stevens, of Commerce City, Michigan.

A tribute article will be published in the March/April 2014 issue of Cars & Parts.



UPDATE: Funeral arrangements

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, January 4, at 11 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church in Sidney. The family will receive friends from 9:30 a.m. until the time of the service at the church. Burial will be in Roseland Park Cemetery in Berkley, Michigan.

In lieu of flowers the family suggest that contributions may be made to the Wounded Warriors Project or S.C.A.R.F. in memory of Robert J. Stevens.


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