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Robert Deraney ’80

Published in Jan. 30, 2002, issue

Robert Deraney was born on Apr. 20, 1958. He was killed Sept. 11, 2001, during the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center. Bob was attending a breakfast meeting at Windows on the World restaurant.

Bob's untimely death deprives our community of a living expression of the kind of cultural understanding and open-mindedness that is so sorely needed to bring peace to the Middle East. Bob, a Lebanese American, was a Near Eastern studies major, and taught after graduation at Lebanon Intl. College in Beirut with Princeton-in-Asia. Terry Wrong '80, who was posted in Beirut with Bob, recalls, "In a region where everybody has an opinion and usually a closed mind to go with it, he was gentle, reasonable, and open to the views of others."

Deraney, a graduate of Wharton Business School, worked as a financial consultant and Internet specialist in NYC prior to his death. Bob will be remembered as a deeply caring friend and devoted son and brother.

Bob was an avid student of Arabic poetry and an accomplished ballet dancer and theatrical performer on campus. He will be deeply missed by those whose lives were touched by his humor and generosity.

The Class of 1980

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4 Remembrances posted for Robert Deraney

Kathleen Burkhalter Says:

2009-09-11 10:54:17

I remember how kind he was.

Patricia Mastromonico Says:

2010-09-13 11:38:51

Robert, mon ami, mon frere, it is now nine years since your death and your loss is with me every day! I remember the perfect way you spoke French! Every time I think of you I can hear you speaking French just like you were born in Paris, France! Rest in peace, mon ami Robert! I love you and miss your smile and laugh! Patricia Labazzetta-Mastromonico, Sept. 11, 2010

Don Storm '80 Says:

2011-06-27 09:24:01

Bob: Why has it taken me 10 years to post something about your passing? I remember when you came to our suite from Rutgers and I became roommates. We would talk long into the night, talking about everything, sharing all our secrets. Remember how much you loved my sister Gay and how we would do things together whenever she visited? You were a true original, Bob. Completely one-of-a kind. We drifted apart, but I remember you with great affection. Much love from Don Storm ... your sophomore roommate.

Patricia Labazzetta-Mastromonico Says:

2013-09-12 10:01:30

Well, here it is 2013 that I feel sadness for my fellow classmate from WHHS, Class of 76! Robert, you are missed after all of these years! Twelve years you have been gone! On this day I honor your memory every year you were taken away from us! What has changed since your death is nothing! Bob, here it is 12 years later and you live on in all of our hearts! Rest in peace, my friend
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