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Nov.4, 2009

Vol. 110, No. 4


Robert J. Thieblot ’55

Published in the Nov.4, 2009, issue

Bob died April 16, 2009, at home in the Bolton Hill neighborhood of Baltimore after a brave battle with cancer.

Bob came to Princeton from Mercersburg. After Princeton he went on to Harvard Law School and a distinguished career in law. Bob’s wide interests included classical studies, political history, architecture, and natural philosophy. His sweeping historical novel Telemachus, published in 1997, portrayed the Italian city-states and papal succession.

Bob was very active in civic and community affairs. He championed Baltimore’s neighborhoods as a member of the city’s preservation commission, and had leadership roles in the Boys’ Home Society, the Baltimore Bar Library, Merchants Club, the Heritage Foundation, Mount Royal Improvement Association, and Republican politics.

Praise for Bob’s achievements abounds. His obituary in The Baltimore Sun described Bob as “a great civic leader who didn’t let his politics get in the way of achieving things. Even those of other persuasions agreed that his positions were well-reasoned, seldom disparaging, and commonly presented with humor and charm.”

Bob is survived by Suzanna, his wife of 50 years; his daughter Aline; brother Armand ’61; and many friends to whom the class extends deepest sympathy.

The Class of 1955

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