Deceased December 6, 2022
Writing in our 25th reunion book, Bob Strong described himself at Amherst as someone “more intent on getting where we were going than on the times.” He then added, “Am I the only one who feels this way?” He surely wasn’t, but in any case, classmates remember Bob not for particular college anecdotes or political attitudes but for his focus as a pre-med student. A member of Chi Phi, at mealtimes in Valentine he was likely to ignore the cluster-seating favored by fraternities, sitting instead where he could converse with his fellow future doctors. He was also a swimmer, a tennis and squash player and, back home on Long Island, a competitive sailor.
Bob went to med school at the University of Virginia, where he met Susan Majors Brown while playing tennis, and they were married in 1970. After a stint in the Navy, they settled on a horse farm in idyllic Franklin County, Va., where Bob spent 44 years in family practice. They had a son, Peter, who was lost in childhood to trisomy 13, and then another son, Bryan.
Bob was active on church community boards and medical boards in Roanoke and served for 12 years as president of the board of directors for the Phoebe Needles Center, a camp and conference center in the Episcopal Diocese of Southwestern Virginia. The website describes the center as offering “programs that nurture and challenge in a setting that is safe spiritually, emotionally, and physically.” Bob was at home in such an environment.
Bob continued to enjoy riding, playing tennis with Susan and tending to the farm until the family moved to The Glebe Retirement Community in Daleville, Va. He died of Alzheimer’s disease on Dec. 6, 2022, survived by Susan and Bryan.
John Stifler ’68