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Robert Bruce Macbain ’81

Published in Feb. 7, 1996, issue

Bob MacBain died at his home in Lexington, Mass., Sept. 22, 1995, almost five years after being diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor. His wife since 1984, Theodora Martin '82, was by his side.

Born and raised in Connecticut, Bob attended public schools in New Britain. At Princeton he majored in mechanical engineering and courtyard Frisbee, lived primarily in Princeton Inn, and dined independent. At Xenergy, Inc., he managed the software development group and created energy conservation software packages that helped define the young company, becoming a principal as the business expanded internationally. Bob loved the sea and enjoyed windsurfing, cooking exotic meals, and beating his colleagues at tennis. His social conscience prompted activism for world peace and women's rights.

Five months after his daughter, Menemsha, was born, dizzy spells led to the detection of the brain tumor that ruled the rest of his life. For the last three years, Bob's illness required that he never be left alone. In the end, robbed of so much else, he was left with a large circle of devoted friends.

In addition to Dori and Menemsha, he is survived by his parents, Robert T. and Tina MacBain, and his sisters, Regan Epstein and Deirdre MacBain.

The Class of 1981

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