Robert "Bob" Camden taught English at Manteca High from 1959 until his retirement in 1995. He was viewed by students and colleagues alike as a teacher who could challenge those around him to think as well as appreciate the classics and the beauty of the written word.
Camden penned twice-a-week columns for nearly 20 years, first for the Manteca News, and then for the Manteca Bulletin. There are two "First Person" books that are a collection of his columns.
He also authored the biography of Antone Raymus. Camden, along with Raymus, helped found the "Give Every Child a Chance" that is providing tutoring services to Manteca Unified students.
Camden served in Europe during World War II.