Robert was born in Chicago and died Oct. 9, 2009.
He had retired from the Navy as a commander. For 27 years, beginning in 1947, he served on destroyers, minesweepers, submarines, and rescue vessels. He was also a deep-sea diver. For a time he was also on staff at Navy headquarters. For 20 years in retirement he was a teacher and guidance counselor in the Norfolk (Va.) public schools.
He was an active member of Great Bridge Baptist Church in Virginia, volunteered for Meals on Wheels, and belonged to the Chesapeake Friends of the Library and the Retired Officers Association.
At the time of his death Robert was survived by his wife of 57 years, Elizabeth; sons Robert and Daniel; daughters Mary and Melanie; and eight grandchildren.