John-Robin Munger ’49 died December 1, 2007, in Thornton, Col., after an extended illness.
John-Robin Munger ’49 died December 1, 2007, in Thornton, Col., after an extended illness. He was born in Chicago on June 10, 1926. He prepared for college at Lyons Township High School in LaGrange, Ill.; Northwestern Military & Naval Academy in Lake Geneva, Wis.; and Harvard School for Boys in Chicago. He began flying lessons at age 11, and in 1939, at age 13, became the youngest stockholder in United Airlines. At Bowdoin, he was a member of Alpha Tau Omega fraternity. As a young man, he worked for a year as a crewman on Mississippi River freight barges. He married Barbara Scichowski on February 7, 1959, in Chicago. During his 25-year career at Emery Air Freight, he founded Emery’s Priority Air Freight program. He retired from Emery in 1981, moved his family to Fort Collins, Col., and began a second career when he and his wife founded Red River Transport, a regional delivery service that developed a specialization in radioactive materials used in medical care. He traveled throughout the Rocky Mountain area serving hospitals and businesses until he sold the company in 1992 and retired again. Not one to stop working entirely, he delivered the North Forty News, a community newspaper for Larimer County, to over 500 Fort Collins homes each month. For several years, he served as a volunteer for the Larimer County Republican Party and as an election judge. Later in life, he learned to carve beautifully lifelike birds and to use the Internet. He used his new Internet skills to pinpoint the South Pacific location of the Marine Corps plane crash in which his father had died in World War II. Thanks to his efforts, his brother Edwin was later able to drop a wreath and letter into the water over the crash site in the Vanuatu archipelago. In addition to his wife, he is survived by sons Christopher Munger and Roger Munger; daughters Jennifer Mitchell, Trudie Demus, and Sarah Hay-Arthur; 11 grandchildren; and his brother, Edwin S. “Ned” Munger.