Robert died Jan. 15, 2023, in Northport, N.Y. 

He was born Jan. 22, 1938, in Plainfield, N.J. He completed his undergraduate work at Williams in 1959, after which he spent a year as a traveling fellow at Oxford University’s Oriel College. Robert earned a Ph.D. in philosophy of religion from Princeton in 1971.

Robert taught philosophy, religion, and ethics over a 20-year span at Connecticut College, the University of Wisconsin at Stevens Point, and the University of the South. In 1979, he made a career shift and became the first director of clinical ethics at Rutgers Medical School (now Robert Wood Johnson Medical School) at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. After relocating to Centerport, N.Y., in 1989, Robert began a two-decade career as the director of bioethics and social policy at Schneider Children’s Hospital of Long Island Jewish Medical Center (LIJ) and of LIJ. 

He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Carolyn; three children, Chris, Geoff, and Lauren; and three grandchildren, Kyle, Jackson, and Kevin. 

Graduate alumni memorials are prepared by the APGA.

Graduate Class of 1971