Robert Stephen Bell ’67 died on January 23, 2006, in Falls Church, VA.
Robert Stephen Bell ’67 died on January 23, 2006, in Falls Church, VA. Born on May 17, 1945, in Pasadena, CA, he prepared for college at Milwaukee University School in Wisconsin and became a member of Alpha Delta Phi Fraternity at Bowdoin. Following his graduation in 1967, he did graduate work at Columbia University in New York and received a master of business administration degree in 1969. In 1983, he received a doctor of philosophy degree in economics from the University of California at Berkeley. From 1969 to 1972, he served as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army Quartermaster Corps and, from 1972 until 1983, he was a professor of economics at the University of California at Berkeley. In that year, he became a civilian testing specialist with the Center for Naval Analyses, evaluating various weapons systems and other projects. From 1992 until his death, he was a science adviser to the Marine Corps Operational Test and Evaluation Activity at the Quantico Marine Base, supervising the testing and evaluation of hundreds of new forms of weaponry and vehicles for the Marine Corps, including the recently developed Expeditionary Fighting Vehicle. He wrote many professional articles and represented the Marine testing and evaluation unit at various technical forums. Surviving are his wife, Candace Bell, whom he married in 1974; a son, Christopher Bell of Springfield, VA; a daughter, Catherine Bell, also of Springfield, VA; a stepson, Michael Smith of Mount Airy, MD; his mother, Gretchen Riesen Bell Schoenhofen of Fox Point, WI; two sisters; two brothers; and two grandchildren.