After graduating from Elyria (Ohio) High School in 1943 he enlisted in the U.S. Army, and served in France and Germany during WWII. After the war Bob graduated from Wooster College, where he met Jean McAfee. They were married in 1949. After he earned an M.S. in Physics from Ohio State University, they moved to Minnesota in 1951. Bob worked for 15 years as a research scientist with Honeywell. He also became involved in local government and politics, serving as a City Council Trustee and then Mayor of Arden Hills.
In 1967 Bob changed careers and spent 20 years on the staff of the Metropolitan Council where he served in several positions, including the Director of the Metropolitan Parks and Open Space Commission. He played an instrumental role in the development of the Twin Cities regional park system and earned an M.A. in Public Administration at the University of Minnesota.
Bob loved working with others to make good things happen. He held key leadership positions with many organizations, including Presbyterian Church of the Way, Minnesota Senior Federation, North Suburban Golden Kiwanis Club, YMCA (Family) Camp DuNord, YMCA Camp Menogyn, the Citizens League, Roseville Citizens Forum, and the Ramsey County Parks and Open Space Commission. Above all else, Bob was a friendly, generous and kind person with a great sense of humor.
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