Robert W. Vose ’55 died on November 17, 2021, in Asheville, North Carolina
(The following was provided by the Hartford Courant on November 21, 2021)
Robert Whiting Vose, 87, of Asheville, NC, died November 17 after a brief illness. He was born January 8, 1934 (one year before Elvis) in Bangor, ME, to Helen Yates Vose and John Peters Vose. He graduated from Bangor High School in 1951 and Bowdoin College in 1955. Bob joined Connecticut General Life Insurance Company in Hartford in 1955 and continued through its iterations as CIGNA and Lincoln Financial to retire as associate actuary in 1998 after forty-three years, including a two-year leave of absence to serve in the US Army Signal Corps (Army Security Agency in Washington, D.C.). He lived sequentially in Hartford, Bloomfield, Windsor, and West Hartford before moving to Asheville, NC, in 2011. He is survived by his cherished wife of thirty years, Mary Lou Mayer of Asheville, his children Susanna Mary Lombardi of Wallingford, CT, (and her former husband, Philippe Yves Lombardi of New Haven), Jonathan Peters Vose of Las Vegas, NV, his step-children Mason Edward McKibben III (and wife, Sandra Jean Tellier McKibben) of Fieldbrook, CA, Mary Catherine “Kelly” McKibben of Asheville, and Melinda Jeanne McKibben Pedersen (and husband, Dirk Thomas Pedersen) of Fieldbrook, CA, and grandchildren Joseph Robert Lombardi, Isabella Yvette Lombardi, Livinia Mae McKibben and Beck Trager Pedersen. He was predeceased by his sister ,Ann Charlotte Vose Holiday (2011), his former wife, Shirley Ann Compas (2016), and his step-grandson, Adin Sykes Pederson (January 2003 – April 2003). Bob enjoyed gardening, reading, and researching a vast array of topics on the internet. In Hartford he was a member of Kehilat Chaverim and Asylum Hill Congregational Church. Bob was an avid fan of UConn women’s basketball team, the St. Louis Cardinals, and the Boston Red Sox. During his retirement he especially enjoyed helping care for Livinia in her preschool years in the Hartford area. After he moved to Deerfield Episcopal Retirement Community in 2011, he served on the Finance Committee and founded Readers’ Talk, a men’s book group.