Robert M. Bottorff

November 26, 2023

Robert M. Bottorff of Jamison, Pennsylvania passed away on Sunday, November 26, 2023 at The Bridges of Warwick at the age of 87.

Born in the Germantown Section of Philadelphia, he was the son of the late Francis and Margaret Lalley Bottorff.

Mr. Bottorff graduated from LaSalle High School in 1954. He went on to receive a Bachelor of Arts in Education from LaSalle College in 1959, a Master of Arts in Library Science from Drexel University in 1966, and a Master of Education from Villanova University in 1969.

From 1965 until l969 Mr. Bottorff was Chairman of the English Department at West Catholic High School. In 1969 he became Periodicals Librarian at Rutgers University, until 1979 and from 1981 until 1984 he was Librarian at William Patterson University in Wayne, New Jersey. In 1973, Bob founded and published Popular Periodical Index, a semi-annual publication used by many public libraries and universities throughout the country.

Robert is survived by his brother, Francis Bottorff, his sister, Mary Shea, and her husband, Edward and by brother, James Bottorff, and his wife, Genevieve.

Relatives and friends are invited to his funeral service at 11 a.m., Friday, December 8, 2023 at Reed and Steinbach Funeral Home, 2335 Lower State Road, Doylestown. Interment will be private.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Bob’s name may be made to: Travis Manion Foundation, 164 East State St, Doylestown, PA 18901 (


11 a.m., Friday, December 8, 2023
Reed and Steinbach Funeral Home
2335 Lower State Road, Doylestown