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Robert Passantino, 52; Author, Co-Founder of Evangelical Center

PASSINGS

November 21, 2003|From Staff and Wire Reports

Robert Passantino, 52, who co-founded Answers in Action, a Costa Mesa-based evangelical Christian center that sponsors education and mentoring, and who wrote a number of books on cults, died Monday at Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian in Newport Beach after suffering a heart attack, said his wife, Gretchen.

Passantino wrote several of his books with his wife, who co-founded Answers in Action with him. Among their best-known is "Answers to the Cultist at Your Door" (1981).

As part of his work, Passantino regularly counseled the parents of children involved with cults.

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