Gracious, Humble, Generous: DesHotel Will Be Missed | Webster University

Gracious, Humble, Generous: DesHotel Will Be Missed

ST. LOUIS (January 22, 2019) – School of Communications alumnus Robert (Rob) DesHotel died December 10, 2018 at the age of 52. DesHotel graduated in 1988 with Bachelor of Arts degree in media communications.

School of Communications Dean Eric Rothenbuhler shared the sad news in a note to faculty and staff the next morning.

Rothenbuhler later added, “Rob DesHotel was a first-class human being; tremendously successful as a television writer and producer, in personal relations he was gracious, humble, and generous. Rob was an Outstanding Alum, a member of the School of Communications Advisory Board, and with his wife Emily, a regular contributor to our scholarship fund. Rob was always generous with his time, willing to meet and talk with any Webster students, alumni, or faculty visiting LA. He loved Saint Louis and Webster University. He will be sorely missed.” Kathy Corley and Rob DesHotel

Professor Kathy Corley remembered DesHotel on her Facebook page as a friend and also as one of her first Webster students.

After reviewing Rob DesHotel’s  Internet Movie Database  (IMBd) listing, professor emeritus Joe Schuster, praised DesHotel’s consistent work record. “He worked nearly constantly. This means that he was a consummate professional, the kind of person that people wanted to work with.”

Schuster recalled “Although he (DesHotel) was very successful in the industry and therefore nearly always busy, I cannot think of a time when I contacted him to ask if he would be willing to talk to one of our talented students about the industry and he did not say, ‘Yes, of course.’ He was always tremendous in his encouragement of the students he talked to, always open to answering their questions.”

Shuster went on to say that DesHotel even found a way to help a group of students in a high school filmmaking summer camp. Schuster was teaching a unit on writing for the summer camp, and scheduling made a live video chat difficult. Instead, DesHotel agreed to record an interview with Schuster.

The interview provided the high school students an opportunity to hear insights from a working screenwriter. “I know that the students benefited from what he had to say. It seemed clear to me that whatever Rob could do to help an up-and-coming writer, he was willing to do,” Schuster said.

In July 2013, Rob Des Hotel and actor Rocky Carroll welcomed Dean Eric Rothenbuhler and Dottie Marshall Englis, chair of the Conservatory of Theatre Arts, for a well-attended alumni reception in Los Angeles.

Later that year, DesHotel joined the School of Communications Advisory Board. Members of the School of Communications honored Rob DesHotel in 2010 with the Outstanding Alumni Award.

Each spring, a class of School of Communications seniors travels to Los Angeles as part of a professional development class. They have the opportunity to meet with alumni and industry professionals, tour studios, and have access to resources typically unavailable to students. In the photo below, Kathy Corley poses with alumni and students of her 2015 Careers in LA class including Rob DesHotel, a regular participant.
Kathy Corley with Rob DesHotel students and alumni in Los Angeles
(Left to right: Max Reid, Stephen Crone, Kathy Corley, Rob Edgecomb, Rob DesHotel, Ashley Lam)

Rob DesHotel started his career as a writing assistant for the NBC soap opera Santa Barbara. He moved on to become the story editor, then later the executive story editor for Buffy the Vampire Slayer. As a producer, he continued to write. DesHotel wrote episodes for most of the series he produced.

At the time of his death, DesHotel was co-executive producer of the CBS television series, Man with a Plan, which stars Matt LeBlanc.His credits as a producer included several popular television series including Mike and Molly, Gary Unmarried, and That ‘70s Show.

About the School of Communications
The School of Communications at Webster University prepares students to excel as skilled professionals in the global field of communications. We provide theory and practice in media courses framed within a liberal arts-based curriculum, augmented by personalized mentorship, and professional development opportunities. Sixteen distinct majors are available at the undergraduate level as well as five master’s degrees in diverse fields of communications. We offer BA and MA programs on the Webster campuses in Geneva, Vienna, Leiden, Thailand, and Ghana, as well as in Saint Louis and online.

About Webster University
With its home campus in St. Louis, Missouri, USA, Webster University ( comprises an action-oriented global network of faculty, staff, students and alumni who forge powerful bonds with each other and with their communities around the globe. Founded in 1915, Webster is a private non-profit university with more than 17,000 students studying at campus locations in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa and in a robust learning environment online. The university is committed to delivering high-quality learning experiences that transform students for global citizenship and individual excellence.