Bob died Oct. 24, 2006, a month after heart surgery.
Raised in England, he attended schools there and in Lausanne and St. Gallen, Switzerland, finishing at Andover.
At Princeton he majored in modern languages, was captain of the championship soccer team and captain of the rugby team, and served as vice president of Quadrangle Club.
During World War II, Bob was a German translator for Naval intelligence and then served a PT-boat squadron in the South Pacific, where he earned a Bronze Star.
After military service, Bob worked for DuPont and then Robbins Mills before buying the weekly Moore County News in 1956. That year he was appointed to a vacancy on the Southern Pines, N.C., town council, and the following year he was elected mayor, thus beginning a long and distinguished career in community and political affairs.
He spent 20 years on the Moore County (N.C.) Board of Commissioners, served as county manager from 1980 to 1983, and served 30 years as a Moore Memorial Hospital trustee.
Predeceased by his first wife, Ann Mason Ewing, Bob is survived by his wife of 32 years, Katherine Royster Ewing; his daughters, Susan Sahrica, Fay Ewing, Roberta Listerman, Katherine Mayor, Marguerite Ewing, Katchy Whitlow, and Jennifer Cameron; his son, Robert; 16 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.