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April 04, 2016
Today I am remembering Bob on what would have been his 62nd birthday - 4th April 2016. My thoughts are with his wife Sue, his daughters Beth and Emily and his mother Aunt Edna. God Bless. Mrs Liz Gibbon, Banstead, Surrey, UK, SM7 1NG
February 26, 2016
Tomorrow, 27th February 2016, will be the fourth anniversary of Bob's passing. My thoughts at this time are with his family -his wife Sue, his daughters Beth and Emily and his mother Edna (my mother Dorothy's lifelong friend.) He is remembered fondly and with great respect. Elizabeth Gibbon, Banstead, Surrey, England.
February 27, 2015
Today, 27th February 2015, will be the third anniversary of Robert's (Bob's) passing. My thoughts and prayers today are with Sue, Beth, Emily and Aunt Edna (Bob's mother and good school friend of my mother, Dorothy Dent.) With fond memories and respect. Elizabeth Gibbon (nee Dent) of Banstead, Surrey, UK. (Formerly of Preston, Lancashire, UK.)
August 27, 2014
He was a terrific teacher and human being.

He was very generous and kept in touch even after my graduation from Pitt Law.

My condolences to his family, friends, students and all who have lost this great soul.
August 27, 2014
He was a terrific teacher and human being. His was one of my favorite classes at UPitt.

I'm saddened to learn of his death and send my condolences to his friends and family.
February 27, 2014
I am thinking of Bob and his family today on the second anniversary of his passing. May God keep him in his love and care. Elizabeth Gibbon, Banstead, UK
June 17, 2013
Sue, we just recently learned about Bob's passing. We are truly sorry to hear about this. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the girls. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you need anything.
February 25, 2013
In two days' time, it will be a year since Bob's passing. Time cannot extinguish our memories of Bob or what he meant to each of us who knew him. God Speed and keep you in His care. Elizabeth Gibbon (nee Dent), Banstead, Surrey, England.
February 24, 2013
Dear Sue and Family,
I just stumbled upon Bob's obituary today - almost a year after his passing. I am so shocked and saddened to hear this news. As you know well, Bob was one of my closest friends in our youth in Bergenfield, and I really cherish the times we all had together. Please accept my deepest sympathies and best wishes.
February 15, 2013
Bob will be missed. God's blessings to his family and to all who knew him.
June 06, 2012
Dear Sue,

I just learned of Bob's untimely death in the Duke Magazine and could hardly believe my eyes. Bob and I served on the Duke Alumni Association Board of Directors for several years ,and he was a delight -- always the most congenial and friendly person and just a joy to work with. Randy and I are so sorry for your loss and will be thinking of you. Laurie May
May 24, 2012
To the Harper Family: I just learned of Bob's death. Of all the lawyers I worked with through the years, my fondest were working with Bob. I loved Bob and always enjoyed being around his wit, charm and humor. He taught me so much and I will miss him. Philip Goldblum
April 22, 2012
Dear Aunt Edna, Sue, Beth and Emily,

I only found this website today so forgive the tardiness of my entry. I would like to reiterate my sympathy and sincere condolences on the sad and untimely loss of Bob, a beloved son, husband and father.
Aunt Edna and my mother, Dorothy, were close school friends many years ago here in England and, as a result, our families extended that friendship and visited each other when possible. That is many years ago now but I recall when we came to Bergenfield, NJ in 1973 Bob gave up his room for my use during our July visit. That was typical of his character. Bob was always generous and thoughtful and I will remember him with fondness and respect.

My love across the miles,

Elizabeth Gibbon (nee Dent)
Banstead, Surrey, UK.
April 04, 2012
Dear Sue,

I recently heard of Bob's passing. I was deeply shocked, but also profoundly moved by the many tributes to his life and character posted on this and other sites. Bob was a great friend in our younger days, and I always admired his energy, leadership, and competitive spirit, among his many fine qualities.

I recall that today is his birthday--I've somehow never forgotten this--and I didn't want it to pass without expressing my sadness, as well as my thoughts and prayers for you and your family.
March 18, 2012
Dear Mrs. Harper, Beth, and Emily,

I am so sorry to hear of Mr. Harper's passing. I will remember his humor, energy, and enthusiasm for life. We are praying for your family.

Anne (Carper), Andy, and Leah Smith
March 18, 2012
Sue, Beth, and Emily,
We just found out of Bob's passing and we are deeply saddened. Please accept our deepest condolences and know we will keep you in our prayers.
Jeff and Lisa
March 09, 2012
This is a very sad moment for me personally and professionally. Over the years Bob taught me much about how one should conduct oneself and he did that with subtlety and humor.
March 07, 2012
Dear Emily and Family,
Please accept our deepest sympathy for your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Don and Lyndi Uranker
March 05, 2012
I am so sorry to hear of your loss. My prayers are with you during this challenging time. I enjoyed waiting on Robert at the bank, especially when he brought his mother along.
March 05, 2012
A very sad moment this morning upon discovery of Robert's passing. He was one of the greatest men I have had the privilege of knowing - kind, compassionate, generous, helpful, positive, and as genuine as they come. Your family is in my thoughts - may the many great memories of Bob's presence and love help sustain you through this difficult time.
March 05, 2012
I was sorry to learn of Robert's passing and extend my condolences to his family. He was a Duke Law classmate and I enjoyed our intellectual discussions. He will be missed.
March 03, 2012
My thoughts and prayers with your whole family in this time of loss. Hope you are all well
March 02, 2012
All of your Duke friends are saddened by Bob's passing. Sue, I am glad Tom was able to be there today to let you know we are thinking about you and the girls. I wish I could be with him. Bob was so generous with his time and talent, and he was always fun to work with. Our thoughts are with you at this sad time. - Susan
March 02, 2012
Dear Sue, Beth and Emily,
I tried to get in to pay my respects tonight at about 5:30 but the line was all the way down the hall. I am sorry but I had another commitment for tonight and could not stay. Please accept our deepest sympathy for your loss. Bob was always the consummate professional.
-Harvey & Ginny Schoenman
March 02, 2012
Dear Sue and Daughters,
Jane and I are in AZ and will not be back until mid-week. I cannot begin to express how much I love and respect Bob as our Clerk,a man and as a friend. Please accept our deepest sympathy. All three of you are in our prayers.
Rae and Jane Burton
March 02, 2012

Mike and I extend our deepest sympathy to you and the girls. We
will keep all of you in our prayers.
Mike and Carol Fisher
March 02, 2012
Dear Harper Family, As a member of Westminster Presbyterian Church, my deepest sympathies go out to you. My most vivid memories are not from the last couple of years, but rather the man of faith he seemed to be. His professionalism was evident when he lead the congregation as Clerk of Session. His smile and enthusiasm always accompanied the mornings I would see him greet at the 11:00 service. My warmest regards to you all.
Leslie Engelmeier
March 02, 2012
My deepest and sincere sympathy go out to the Harper family. Bob was a bright teacher, thoughtful mentor, and one heck of a leader. He helped shape me as a professional and I will personally miss working with him.
March 02, 2012
I am very sad to hear this news. Bob was a great lawyer and a great peron. I enjoyed very much working with him for several years. He will be missed by his firends and peers. My deepest condolences to his family.
March 02, 2012
I am deeply saddened by the loss of such a great man. I was privileged to know Mr. Harper as an associate for Klett Rooney Lieber & Schorling and fortunate to have occupied an office around the corner from his. He was a skilled lawyer, a good teacher and most of all a great man. I hope that you will find joy and comfort in your memories of his life during this time of loss.

Warmest regards and deepest sympathies,

Todd A. Fuller
March 02, 2012
Sue - My deepest condolances to you and your family on your loss. Bob will be truely missed.

Kindest Regards,
George Bond
March 02, 2012
I knew Bob 25 years ago when he ran the summer associate program at what was then the Berkman firm. We lost touch after that time, but I have fond memories of Bob's wonderful sense of humor and passion for training young lawyers. My most sincere condolences to all who loved him.
March 02, 2012
Debby and I were very sorry to hear about Bob's passing. I know the past few years have been very difficult for your family and I wanted to know that you are in our prayers.
Debby & Jeff Underwood
March 01, 2012
Sue, Emily and Beth,
Our sympathy and prayers go out to you.
March 01, 2012
Dear Harper Family,
Please accept our heartfelt sympathy. We will always remember his smile and joy at being with his family. The memory of Bob playing the trumpet on the porch of the girls apartment in Gettysburg will always, always bring a smile to my face. Out prayers are with you. Beth, Frank and Julie Boyer
March 01, 2012
Our deepest sympathy to all of you. We loved the time we spent with Bob on many weekends at multiple soccer fields and enjoyed his humor and color commentary. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.
March 01, 2012
Please accept my condolences. - Jeff Pollock, Esq., Sq. Hill
March 01, 2012
Anyone who knew Bob was grateful for the opportunity. We all have suffered a loss,none greater than Susan, Beth, Emily and Mrs. Harper Sr. He is at peace and will be remembered fondly. Pat and Henry Knaust, Branchville, N.J.
February 29, 2012
Sue, Emily, Beth & Mrs. Harper,
Michele and I were shocked and deeply saddened to learn of Bob's passing. We will always remember him as a down-to-earth person, a devoted family man, and a friend to one and all. May you all find the strength to endure during these trying times.
February 29, 2012
To the Harper Family and Friends,
I am so sorry for your loss. Losing a loved one is very hard. But God is aware of your pain and promises at Isaiah 61:2
"to comfort all the mourning ones."
So HE WILL help you to get through this distressing time.
February 29, 2012
God gives us the gift of meeting many people in our lifetime. Some for a brief moment and others for an eternity. While Bob and I were friends for many years, I was fortunate enough to spend a wonderful year with him coaching our daughters' soccer team. We spent many hours developing strategies and trying to figure out the intricacies of coaching soon-to-be teenage girls. I cannot say that our coaching skills won any awards, but our time together was an endearing part of my life. Bob had a unique sense of wit and humor, a high degree of intelligence and knowledge, but most of all a warm and kind heart. Thank you Harper family for sharing Bob with me.
February 29, 2012
I knew Bob as one of Duke's DAA leaders. Duke, and many others, has lost a truly great leader and great man. My heartfelt condelences.
February 29, 2012
My condolences to Bob's family. He was a highly respected colleague in the Pittsburgh legal community and at Pitt Law School and he will be deeply missed by all of us who knew and worked with him.
February 29, 2012
Ned and I continue to pray for you all-the family, Sue, Beth, Emily and Edna. Bob Harper is a special model for us all.
Laughter and energy are two qualities which come to mind but there are many more.
Peace to you,
Sue and Ned
February 29, 2012
My heart goes out to you all during this difficult time. Bob was very special to me and someone that I considered to be not only one of my patients, but a friend. He will be greatly missed. I feel fortunate to have been a part of his journey.

Paula Smith
February 29, 2012
Dear Sue, Beth, Emily & Edna,
Our deepest sympathy in the loss of such a special man, husband, and father. Our thoughts are with you all in this time of sorrow, but time of celebration of a wonderful man too. He will be missed by so many, but he is in eternal peace now with no more suffering and loving, watching over, and guiding you all. I will forever see and remember his infectious smile and laugh and have such wonderful memories of all of our times together. Love and Peace to all of you..Erin, Doug, Spencer, Ethan, & Molly Brooks
February 29, 2012
To the Harper Family,
My deepest regrets. Your husband and father was one of the kindest and giving men that I've known. He will be missed.

Pat Vereb and family
February 29, 2012
I was terribly sad to hear the news of Mr. Harper's death. My family and I remember his energy, his animated spirit, and his wide interests - especially F. Scott Fitzgerald's work and Duke University. We are praying for Mr. Harper and for Mrs. Harper, Beth, and Emily.
February 29, 2012
Harper Family So sorry for your loss.Mr Harper was a wonderful man.I am honored to say I knew him.If there is anything you need please don't hesitate to call.May he rest in eternal peace.
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