R. Bob Robbins ’48 died on September 16, 2006, in Scranton, Pennsylvania.
Born on December 21, 1926, in Orlando, FL, he prepared for college at Bar Harbor High School and entered Bowdoin in 1944, becoming a member of Delta Kappa Epsilon Fraternity. In June of 1945 he entered the Maine Maritime Academy in Castine, from which he graduated in 1947. He returned to Bowdoin in 1948 and in 1950 graduated as a member of the Class of 1948. During the Korean conflict he served first with the merchant marine and then with the U.S. Navy as a lieutenant junior grade. In 1954 he became an agent with the NewYork Life Insurance Company in Maine. He became an assistant manager in 1955 and in 1958 became a management assistant with that company in New York. In 1959 he became general manager of NewYork Life inWestern Massachusetts and from 1966 until his retirement in 1985 he was New York Life’s general manager in Scranton, PA. He was a member of the Scranton Chamber of Commerce and of the Life Underwriters Association, as well as Our Lady of the Snows Church in Clarks Summit, PA, and its Men’s Club. He was a member of the Country Club of Scranton and was chairman of the building project of St. Benedict’s Church in Newton Township. He was married in 1952 to Mary Janis Cough, who died in 2005. He is survived by three sons, Mark Robbins of Las Vegas, NV, Jay Robbins of Dublin, OH, and Dean Robbins of Bedford, NH; three daughters, Terri Viviano of Clarks Summit, Katy Robbins of Chandler, NC, and Barbara Kazmierczak of Clarks Summit; a brother, Aldene Robbins of Bar Harbor; and six grandchildren.