He was born Nov. 10, 1930, in West Palm Beach, Fla., to the late Robert P. Travis, Sr. and Chloe Earnest Travis. He was a veteran of the U.S Air Force and served during the Korean War where he earned the Korean Service Medal, the United Service Medal, the National Defense Service Medal and the Good Conduct Medal.
Dr. Travis is survived by his wife of 39 years, Patricia Young Travis; and, by a former marriage: a son, Robert P. Travis III of Cedar Mountain, N.C.; two daughters, Laine Page of Tucson, Ariz., and Amy Nichols of Ankeny, Iowa; and three grandsons.
Dr. Travis retired from the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Alabama Birmingham in 1987 where he and his wife Patricia were co-directors of Marital Health Studies, co-therapists and lecturers. He published 40 articles including 27 scientific publications in the area of brain mechanisms and behavior. Publications co-authored with his wife Patricia include nine articles in professional journals and three articles in Cosmopolitan and Self magazine and a book, Vitalizing Intimacy in Marriage, published in 1979. In 1982, they created their functional art glass business, Glass Feather Studio Gallery, now in its 30th year.
He enjoyed writing poetry, plays and short stories, creating sculpture in glass and stone, growing flowers from seed and spending quiet moments with his wife watching the sunrise, the sunset, and the hummers at the feeders. He was a gentle man always with a smile and a twinkle in his eye. He was dearly loved by Patricia and all who knew him - fond memories we will cherish forever.
Crematory Services were provided by Asheville Mortuary. A private memorial service is to be scheduled at a later date. Memorial donations may be made to your preferred charity.