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M e r c y h u r s t L o s e s O n e of I t s F i n e s t
A Man Who Cared
A Funeral Service was held Monday at 2 p.m. in Christ the King Chapel for Robert Barrett By Karen English Munson, Mercyhurst Retention Counselor, who "Attitude," said Bob Munson, "is the one thing died Thursday, April 10,1997, at the age of 70. SW about your life that you can control. When you get Father Steven Anderson, Mercy hurst Chapout of bed in the morning, you decide what kind of lain, who officiated along with Lutheran Pastor 9 day you're going to have/ Reinhold K.Weber, said Munson had wanted his Back in the 1970's, Bob was among Erie Insurfuneral service to be "a celebration of life." ance Exchange's top-selling brokers. Eventually he Mercy hurst President Dr. William P. Garvey, vP started his own insurance agency, the Munson Incharacterized those who attended the Munson surance Agency, which he sold in 1991. It wasn't Memorial service as "an incredible ecumenical difficult to figure out his secret to success—It was turnout The service was an excellent example of his attitude. He was a people-person, with an irrethe best side of Mercy hurst/The strong sense of pressible smile and a sincere helloforeveryone he community was wonderfully exemplified. Bob encountered. would have been very proud. It was a beautiful As co-workers and policyholders will readily way for him to be remembered. People of all attest,when Bob asked how yon were, he stopped to faiths, ages and walks of life came together in a listen to your reply. If a person had a claim or a celebra don of diversity and community which 9 problem with a policy, he'd personally help recognizes the importance of everybody.* solveft.No run around or brush off, even though he Munson was born in Erie, Aug. 2,1926, the son was incredibly busy. Bob-personified Erie of the late Elmer Lawrence and Martha Rebecca Insurance's motto, "Above all in Service.'' Barrett Munson. He was a 1944 graduate of At a time when ma ny people feel they have Academy High School and earned a Bachelor of achieved their career goals and are headed South to Arts degreefromMercy hurst College In 1994. enjoy retirement in a sunny climate, Bob decided Mr. Munson, knows as "Uncle Bob "on the that he wasn'tfinishedjust yet Mercyhurst ca mpus, h a d been an employee o fthe Robert Barrett Munson, *1926-1997 There's always something else you wa nt to do," Erie Insurance Excha nge and then owned h is own Bob said in an interview conducted during January business, Munson Insurance Agency, until 1991. of this year. He had always meant to get around to He was a member of the Mercyhurst College going to college but never found the time until a Board of Associates, a trustee of the YMCA and friend convinced him to try ta king just one class, i a member of the United Way of Erie County Bob was 59 when he entered that classroom full of Allocations Committee. He was a member of the lyCassShimek kids for thefirsttime, They werefreshfromhigh advisory boards of the Mercy Center on Aging, school! and he'd spent the last 40 years in the Foster Grandparents, GECAC and the Lutheran ere to Starts Home for th c Aged. I business world. He wasn't concerned with competIn the fall of 1992 a gentleman walked into my office in the Student Union Munson was a life member of the YMCA and ing, but with just keeping up. It was hard work he for a dictionary for the Shane Reading Room and mat was the the East Erie Turners. He Was a past president of recalled, but he kept at it one class at a time until he ginning of an incredible friendship. the Mount Calvary Lutheran Church Councfl and got an associate degree.* My husband Jay and I were privileged to spend a great deal of time with a past secretary of the Lake View Country Club. After that, his long-timefriend,college president especially over the past few months. This last week, as we aha red parts He was a member of the Lions Club, d e n wood •This Journey, was one ofboth great joy and sorrow. We came to understan Dr. William Garvey convinced him that he might as well hang in there for a bachelor's degree, and so he Park YMCA and the Greater Erie YMCA. much about life and death and pain and peace. His gifts and talents wci did, eventually selling his insurance agency so he He was also a member ofLawrence Lodge 708 special to so many. F and AM, Scottish Rite, Zcm Zem Shrine Temple I could go on and on with story after story about the ptstfourand anal could attend his senior year as a full-time student and the Royal Order of Jesters Erie Court 58. He ears of getting to know and growing to love Bob Munson but that's not Bob bad a great time and took every opportunity to pa rticipa te in all aspects of student 1 ife. He was even also played in the Zem Zem Pipe and Drum Corps ly necessary. a member of student government and a commencefor 25 years. He had served in the U.S. Army Va not necessary because there b one common thread to every story abom ment speaker at his graduation in 1994 when he during World War IL '.: £ Bob. L received a Bachelor of Arts degree in business at the Mr. Munson had two daughters, Susan L. Young ^Attitude is everything! ATTITUDE, ATTITUDE, ATTITUDE." Ho age of 67. j I j of Cambridge Springs and Mary & Baggao of fr times did I hear that line? A few days later, Dr. Ga/vcy asked him what his Hawaii; a son, Jeffrey B. Munson of Erie; five How many times did Bob respond to a "How are you?" with a resound career plans were now. Bob said he'd look for grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; a niece;! AM EXCELLENT!w WOW! I am atill uplifted try the thought "anotherfieldto plow." Garvey made his pitch — and a nephew. h ave truly been blessed. H he needed help, someone to solve a few problems AUofw who hadtoeopportunity to know Memorials may be made to thc'Robert B. ught na to believe in excellence, to strive for excellence! and to expo in reorganizing student employmentat Mercyhurst Munson Scholarship Fund at Mercyhurst Col* icellence. We are his legacy. Be Exccllentf^ Goto "Munson," p. 4. lege.
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April 17,1997

Our Friend Who "Seized The Day
By Father Steven Simon


"Excellent!" Whatever part of the Mercy hurst campus you were on, when you heard that crisp, vibrant, excited voice, you knew that it was Bob Munson 's response to the question "How a re y ou?" But while most people posing the question usually just ask it as a passing "hello," Bob's response was always earnest If Bob said "Excellent!" he meant "Excellent!" That was Bob. None of Bob'sfriends(could anyone who came into contact with Bob ever feel a ay thing other thanfriendship?)will remember when Bob was anything but enthusiastic. Although Bob knew a great number of peoplefrommy Russian community, I never knew Bob until he appeared in my Russian culture class several years ago. I'm always delighted to have adult college students in class, because they are always very interested in the material and ready to participate, but Bob was more than the typical adult student His enthusiasm and interest spread to everyone around him, and soon teachers and students ceased seeing a 60-something-year-old student His youthful demeanor made him a magnet for all the other students and I swear that more college coedsflockedaround Bob than any other guy in class. Maybe he was a father figure, but I think they just found him as charming and dashing as I'm sure Bob proudly displays the T-shirt signed by members ofthe hockey team "Chef Roberto "seats the guests at the 60-something women must have. which he received as a gift during this year's season. the Hanger Awareness Dinner Having Bob as a student in a number ofmy Russian studies classes was a delight Bob often told me how much he learned in my culture and Awesome Splendor literature dasses, but I think I benefited from his presence in my classes "It seems as if I've always known Bob. I can't remember meeting him or having been introduced. One of the first things I do remember is much more than he did from anything I tried to teach him. His sincere trying to get him to define what he meant by excellent 'What does that desire to understand the material always led him to ask probing questions lam sad to see the red bird% mean if you say it all the time?' I asked him. This resulted in many and to take the chance of being wrong. Seeing that the "old man" was not leave.... conversations that allowed me to get to know him, his experiences, joys So many winters did it spend in afraid to make a mistake, the younger students soon lost their inhibitions and sorrows. in expressing what Tolstoy or Dostoyevsky were saying in the novels we tcage. "Excellent was a state of his own soul which he wished for everyone. read. Bob recognized the power of words to change an atmosphere. He made This cage was a home% After Bob graduated and became "Mr. Help," his enthusiasm and you feel that you were OK as an individual. Bob also opened his home I homefull of warmth and love, empathy for the students was incredible. Often Bob, Phil Supina and I to all who knew him. He welcomed my family and invited us to come a home to grow strong. would discuss the generic question of middle age adults, "What's wrong over any time. 9 with this generation of students?* "Bob's life was an undescribable gift for me. He experienced < < I watch the red bird take it's Instead of throwing up his hands infrustrationwhen he ran into students winged/light who were "slackers" or had real problems, Bob went after diem like a complete fulfillment during his time here where he was able to give to across the sky into the light, parent who loved every one of his charges. Had not cancer taken Bob, I the students. He used to tell me 1 love these kids, Betty . I really want*, \ J BetfrDn«per beyond the spheres don't think he could have stayed in his job for too long because he felt the to be here with them."' ] \ 1 and realms ofpeace. pain of these young men and women too intensely. The only times before I Director of Act 101 To the peace that his illness that I saw the pain offrustrationin Bob's face was when he only God can give. "Bob had a huge impact on a lot of students at this campus, riven he j would tell me about a student whose problems Bob felt he couldn't help couldn't believe it sometimes. Whenever we had a concern or a cure. But he always tried! These wings, they grew I don' t know about other faculty and administrators, but as soon as I saw problem for one of our students, we'd ask Bob for advice. He made the so strong, a student struggling in class, homesick or "goofing off," I immediately rounds on our road games and held many get-togethers and picnics at their strength carries the soul told that student that he or she had to talk to Bob. Usually after he got them, his house for the team. beyond the planets you could see that if things weren't solved, they knew Bob deeply cared "Bob's legendary hi the fact that it didn't matter what day it was or what was going on, a few words from Bob made the day seem good. HHlllSl and the stars. I and was trying to help them. I visited Bob two days before he died When I saw him, he was He had a natural ability to make people feel good about themselves. These wings have been decimated by the cancer which took him. But when I left his home and got "In the world of hockey, Bob taught our guys a lot of life lessons. formulating since Into the car where my wife was waiting, I struggled to describe the scene People got to see how you can deal with a debilitating disease with the conception of our souls class and dignity and how to live life to the fullest rhese lessons were Ihadleft M Evergrowing •Bob, in a hospital bed, was surrounded by loving family and friends. immeasurable. Even up to his last day he was teaching the coaching longer and stronger — . ^ i. «*. j . J^UM. Obviously wracked with pain, he smiled as I approached* Wheal told him staff and the players." 7 *^ Hockey Coach Rick GoUdn with each good deed, I wanted to say a prayer, Bob summoned his strength and notified each kind word, everyone clearly and decisively, "We're praying!" Everyone around Bob each selfless act touched him and each other and prayed. I was so overwhelmed by this obviously sincere unity of prayer that I had trouble getting out the words. How sad for wings that stay And when I was finished, I looked for words not trite, not deceitful, not ? J weak and small perfunctory. I couldn'tfindthe right words, but I told Bob what Ifeltat they shall never know what lies that moment I told him he was a lucky man. And I explained by saying beyond the clouds that I often fear that I will live too long—that is to the age where I will be a burden* Rather than be missed, my death will be seen as overdue. I Fly my love into endless peace said to Bob that I knew he was being deprived ofprecious years ofvibrant fly my love, life, but bis death would now be seen by everyone who knew him as a yourpain has ceased tremendous loss. His death was not overdue, but premature. and yourjob is done. And I mean those words as much as Bob meant it every time he Unlock the cage declared "Excellent!" Yes Bob, you were right When someone asked you how you were, we all knew you were describing yourself, not merely of your inner being and how you felt when you sa id "Excellent!" take flight For everyone who knew th is excellent man, h is death is recognized as into a great loss. When we say that Bob died when be was only 70, we realize awesome splendor. that the word "only* really has meaning. Bob didn't live so long as to Bob dressed as Pagan from the Dickens' novel pUyer Twist By Michele Garvey become superfluous. He is lucky for he left everyone regretting his loss. presentation in his British Classics class in 1993. JB For Bob Munsonm



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R e m e m b e r i n g AW o r t h y A d v e r s a r y
By Chris Wloch News Editor 9 H I guess I consider myself to be more fortunate than the average Mercyhurst student During my time at this college, I've had the opportunity to be exposed to many great teachers and made a number of close friends, Promina nt among these is i very special individual whom many on campus came to know as "Uncle Bob." I remember first meeting Uncle Bob two years ago when I was a sophomore. At the time, I was determined to leave Mercyhurst I hadno idea where I wanted to go or where I thought I wanted to be (I had briefly considered Gannon), but I was pretty sure that this wasn't it For three days in a row, I went and argued with "Mr. Munson, die retention counsel or," venting myfrustrationsand explaining my situation to him. Just as he had helped countless others, Uncle Bob did everything he possibly could to make the situation more tolerable. He personally went to speak with the dean about me, and he made a lot of time in his busy schedule to work with the financial aid office in solving my problems.; More importantly, Uncle Bob helped me to realize that when 1 things aren't going as planned you might sometimes need to swallow your pride and accept things as they are. It's important to make every effort to change things when you cany" he told me after Pd decided to stay at Mercyhurst "But never being willing to compromise and undertake the hard part of making changes within yourself is only going to hurt you in the long run." Over the next yea r, I developed a rather unique, "adverserial" relationship with Uncle Bob. Because I'dfirstcome to see him as an administrator whose authority I was challenging, I grew to enjoy going to his office for friendly arguments on a number of topics. Although I never had the pleasure ofbeing in a class with him, Uncle Bob had previously taken many of the same courses that I was in, and he shared with me a few ofhis own insights into Russian literature, history, philosophy, psychology and theology. Uncle Bob always provided me with a receptive and eagerly appreciative audience for my projects. When Ifirststarted writing for The Mercladlast year, his office was one of the few that I would run to every* Friday morning with a copy in my hand, just to show him die article I had written. When I wasfirstasked to go into a Religious Persons class to do a lecture on Buddhism, Uncle Bob was the first person to hear my presentation and encourage me to conquer my fear of public speaking. You see, learning about differ* ent religions was a passion that Uncle Bob and I shared. We were conerned not just about descriptions of beliefs and rituals, but also infindingout how people's faith can motivate them to act in the world. For a long time, the bulletin board beside his office door had a poster describing how the "Golden Rule" is proclaimed by eight of the world's major faith traditions. Unde Bob was the ultimate example of this principle. Not only did he treat other people the way he wished to be treated in return, he regarded the gains and his suggestions for even a short joys, the pains and losses of othmoment, I would no doubt be ers as his as well. g a signed diploma in For two years in a row, Uncle May instead of just getting to Bob also organized and conducted walk with my class. the panel discussion on world reLast Tuesday I was fortunate ligions at Academic Celebration. enough to get a chance to say Last year, when he asked me to be goodbye. I hadn't seen Uncle Bob on the panel, I felt like I had let in months, but I had just talked to him down for the first time behim on the phone the week because I had to do another presenfore. Even though the intense tation at the same time for a class suffering he was in came across grade. Uncle Bob was always in his voice, I th ought h e sounded intrigued by my personal religious like he was strong enough to make it until summertime. I had even beliefs, and he respected the differences between us, even when hoped that he would be willing and able to let me interview him they seemed irreconcilable on the sometime before the end ofApril. surface. Uncle Bob was one of the most That night, as I watched Uncle unselfish people I've ever met in Bob surrounded byfriendsand my life. In fact, I never really family, I could feel an intensity learned too much about his peroflove in that room tha t I've only sonal life before this rarely experienced in my short cept for his views on the novels life. It took me a long time to we discussed or his ideas about muster up die courage to go up to how religion should bring people him. I didn't want him to see me together, not cause divisions— with tears in my eyes. Nervously, because he always tended to foI approached his bedside, wrackcus our conversations on me and ing my brain for "the right thing my accomplishments, ambitions, to say." '.* * ideas and goals. "Thanks, Uncle Bob," I said. "I I don't usually open up to othdoubt that I even would be here at ers with my problems. Uncle Bob Mercyhurst right now ifit weren't was one of the few people I've for you.,I mean, you're not the ever really talked about the things only reason that I didn't leave, but which really bothered me. With you were a big part of why I him I felt I could discuss the actually stayed. difficulties with family, my alco|.- • "I don't know how I can tell you hol abuse, how to balance too how much I really appreciate all many commitments and when to the time and effort you've indecide if one or more of them had vested in me." to be dropped in order for me to With afirmgrip on my hand, remain sane. Uncle Bob looked me dead in the Uncle Bob always gave me eye. The only thing he said was, excellent advice. The problem is "You'd just better graduate." £j that I never seemed to listen to Being in that room with Uncle him until after he had been proven Bob and all the people whom he 'd right Now I realize that if I had touched, was like riding an emoonly stopped to consider a few of tional roller coaster. I was crying
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in fits one minute, and smiling like a fool the next, out of a sense of deep peace, knowing that soon he would be released from shackles of pain that I cannot even fathom. Most of all I was angry. I'm f'being cheated out of too many intense discussions and debates that will never be, I thought Then it dawned on me, I had only cheated myself. I remembered the many times over the past few months-that I failed to take a couple minutes out ofmy day for a good friend who had always made the time for me no ma tter how busy he was. I Often as 1 lay m oea late a i mgui over the past couple weeks, thinking about what I had to do the next day I would say to myself, "I really need to call Uncle Bob, see how he's doing, maybe even argue with him a little. "The followling day, sitting at my desk by the phone, I would convince myself that I was "wasn't ready just yet" to make that call because I couldn't pretend that everything was the way it used to be. But if I learned anything at all ' from Unde Bob, it's not to wal"low in self-pity when the situation demands that you move on and make the most of life, enjoying every day to the fullest I realize that I have a choice. I could sit here paralyzed by depression and guilt over die road \ not taken or I can blaze my own - path with the' same passionate energ y that I used to envy in Uncle Bob. No, Mercyhurst is not the • same place without him, but the hope, fervor, sense of purpose and deep compassion for others which Unde Bob has instilled in the younger generation will continue to bear fruit for "years H

Senior Tony Greidanus (r.) poses with Bob after • hocke,< game in 1996. -Never have I met • nun wfth so much energy end love to give others. All that he nskedfor*M • smile and a Mendly word in return,' he said. »My meeting Bob Mtmson wis troly «n honor and has Influence* me to become the man I amtoday.Being privflegeand calling him «UodeBcb' was definitely fi^an^i^

"The veryfirsttime I had Bob was 5 years ago. I was "Bob was a man of deep faith and courage. He and teaching a night course, U.S. Since the Civil War, and I often talked about Catherine McAuley and the Mercy there was this older, non-traditional student there who spirit and how we could share it with others. He knew proved to be an absolute spark plug in the classes I had that I read Thomas Merton's work, and he, too, was a with him. Merton fan. Bob and I also shared a love of Yoga. He "Bob bad served in Germany during the occupation at practiced Yoga every day and said mat it was a true the end of World War II. When I taught 20th century religious experience for him. , Europe, I had him in class again. He brought in some of | "I will miss you Bob, but I also know that you a re at his photographs and German Nazi paraphernalia that he peace. I will still talk to you about the things we love. had gathered and this contributed a great deal to the class. Let's pray to Bob, rather than for him." "Later on as I got to know Bob better, I found that he Sister Carol Ann Voltx I I was a great story teller. I remember his being very Director of Service Learning generous as well. I know seven 1 cases where he actua 1 y 1 paidforstudents' books out of his own pocket I "Mr Munson was a dear friend of mine. He helped "Bob was a wonderful human being who lived, really me through some very difficult times. I am honored to lived his faith. He did a marvelous job when he was here, have known him and to have been hisfriend.I will *«*! it UFill hAurrv difficult for the collet? e to reDlace him. miss him very much." Dr. Phillip Supine MsHlEX Junior Kris ten Locastro Assistant Professor of al Sdence and History



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Munson. Throughout the planning stages of the project, the park has come to include a IS Throughout the school year, the * foot high original water sculpture by California artist Archie plans for the Senior Class of1997 Held, which was donated by Project, which will be named Munson. The sculpture, which is Munson Plaza, hive gone from little more than a dream on paper, entitled "Blessing," will be made of bronze and Will feature three to being reality. The plaza, named squared projections reaching upin honor of the late Mercyhurst ward toward the sky, with water student end administrator, Robflowing from the top piece down ert B. Munson, will lie in what will come to be known as South toward a bronze circular pool at the base of the sculpture. Garvey Park. It is expected to be completed in time, for the colT h e thing that Bob liked about lege's 1997 commencement certhe sculpture was mat it had a emonies hi late May. sense of the mystery of transcenFinancing for die park his been dence. He liked its elegance and through the Senior Class Project simplicity. He also liked the name Committee, which has raised "Blessing" because it is an open $4,000 in pledges, the most ever ended name with a religious over* by any Senior Class. There altone," said Dr. Joseph Gower, Vice ready has been about $2,500 colPresident of Academic Affairs. lectedfromthose pledging money "We are shooting to have the to the project parkfinishedby graduation. The The deadline for paying your sculpture will be done by this sumpledges has been extended to mer. He (Held) said something April 23, and We will be taking like June or July," Gary Bukowsld, other donations until the end of Vice President of Institutional April. Our goal was to raise Advancement, said. $3,500 for the project and we The sculpture for the park was have surpassed that in pledges by originally to be placed outside a wide margin," Vanessa what will be the new entrance to Pappalardo, chair of the Senior the Hammermill Library, but Qass Project, said. Munson agreed that it would be The initial plans for the project llll adequately placed in the park were to be a park in honor of after suggestions by Gower and By Dan Htlflker Senior Wrker

college president Dr. William P. Garvey..: "We think that it will be the best display of public art in Erie. Not only will it have wonderful sights, I but also wonderful sounds with the water running. We hope that it S#*^ will be a wonderful meeting place for all of the students," Gower said. 1 The park also will feature two 4foot high pillars located at the entranee, and a semi-circular wall till taming granite plaques displaying the names of senior* who A donated to the proj ect Those seniors who donate $25 or more will have their names displayed on a plaque, and all those who donate less than $25 wOl have their names posted in the Senior Registry," Pappalardo said. According to Garvey, die roadway through tine area will be blocked off, and a cul-de-sacwill be constructed infrontof Baldwin. Only delivery trucks will be allowed to enter with limited parking spots\available for handicapped access. This will make the Model of Archie Held's sculpture "Blessing." Photo: Gary Cardot area around Zurn and Baldwin a the purpose of aesthetics, but also little safer for students aa they the part of the students. He felt walk between classes, as well as for the creation ofa genial, hospi- very proud to be honored in this enhance the overall appearance of table environment for students. way," he said. the campus, Garvey said. The decision to name the park "Beauty is important not just for after Bob was a grand gesture on

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"Bob la our most distinguished and amazing graduBob was one of those guys who never grows old. He {- "I feel that students should emulate many of the qualities \h at Bob possessed: enthusiasm, optimism, dedication and interest in othate of the Adult College, We would go up to the Mercy was the kind of person who refused to be defeated or ers. He was wonderful to talk with and wonderful to work with. Center on Aging and do a presentation to senior depressed. In talking with people who knew Bob 50 Many students are still here at Mercyhurst because of Bob citizens about coming ba ck to school. Bob would talk years ago, I've found that he had the same outgoing about his experiences as an older student His vitality personality and zest for life back then as well. ' j Munson, and there's not another person I know who would be such was a huge inspiration. We have a number of older p During his years in the classroom, Bob was the quint- a great liaison between students and the college." \ Nancy Eichekdoifer students coming here as a result of his ' telling his essential Mercyhurst student Later aa a counselor, be Assistant Professor of Com puter Systems story. continued to display the kind of people skills and deep "Bob was very generous with his time and talents. concern for others that we prize at Mercyhurst record 80% retention rate last year, "Munson," cont'd from p. 1. He was good at gardening and he once helped to do the As a very competent, caring and classy man, Bob in part due to Bob's success as 'Bob had a new job. yardwork when he heard I needed some help. exemplified everything the college is all about He made That challenge soon solved, they Mb Help. "I've really missed seeing Bob in the halls. I find a big difference at die college, and everybody will miss By caringforthose kids who sat my self using the word "excellent" all the time now as his energy, enthusiasm and positive 'can-do spirit9 We threw him another. Director of in his office, and sharing his wisResidence Life Dr.Gary Brown a result of him." _ need more people like him." dom on the importance of attiMmyhnrATnMmt had come up with the concept of Mary Ellen Dahlkeraper tude, Bob saw a lot ofkids through Dr. William P. Garvey "Mr. Help," a resource person to Director. Adult College when they felt like quitting. That "Bob was one of the friendliest people I've ever met ! help students workout their probcaring came back to him tenfold a>II i was someone who was so full of energy all the He was always in a cheerful, good mood, and he j lems so they could stay in school. as he battled cancer. He was overtime, from the moment he turned the corner in the Bob was a natural for the job of seemed to have a lust for life. . whelmed at the care and concern morning singing "Good Morning, Good Morning" "Bob became more of afriendthan a colleague. He retention counselor—- he'd been his "kids" expressed for him in down the hall. He certainly wasn't a quiet person. helping people solve probl ems for knew I hung around with Dr. Redman and Dr. Trout in j their cards, and visits and prayers, "Bob was always eager to learn more. When you'd the faculty dining room and he said that he wanted to yean. Maybe it was because he and he waa deeply appreciative. tell him something unbelievable! Instead of saying was older and wiser, or because be in our "clique," so of course we let him in. Despite the devastation of his "you're kidding," Bob would exclaim "get out of the When he was in the hospital last yearforintestinal j he had gray h a ir, but forwhatever illness, Bob kept his sense of huvillage!" I'm going to miss the way his laughter problems, my wife and I went in to see him several j reason, the kids who came into mor right up till the end. Among always carried down the hallfromhis office. times because he was the one who needed picking up his office poured out their hearts his last visitors were the people The students loved Bob. He had a sensitive side and for once. Later, we visited him when he was receiving to him as they would to a trusted he worked with and "his kids" he empathized with their concerns. He'd go down chemo treatments. It was amazing to me how com- relative or a familyfriend.Many from Mercyhurst for whom*he during lunch time to "schmooze the tables" as he posed he was through the whole ordeal. of these students affectionately had served as a mentor and inspicalled it and talk with the students. \ "Even in those last few days, Bob was still an dubbed Urn "Uncle Bob." rational role model. Bob passed "Bob was the crisis person. Whether it was a perunbelievably unselfish person. He touched so many j Bob listened. He cared. And he from this life last Thursda y night, sonal or academic problem he was there to help. Bob lives and made the college community and the Erie hook the time to help them find but his words live on;" Attitude was known for his ability to get it done now. The community at large a much better place because of his jways to deal with their issues, ... it's the one thing in lift yon can phone would ling, he'd write down the problem and [whether they were academic, sacrifices." control.* Words to live by. rush off to solve it immediately." Elaine Ruggiero J 1 V Michael Federkl A I ove-related,financialor a family Thanks, Uncle Bob! Ad 101 Counselor' Assistant Professor of Political Science •crisis. Mercyhurst boasted a
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