September 19, 2014
I didn't know Bob Merriam very well as a student at Deerfield. Never had him as a teacher or a coach. But looking back, I realize that he had a profound effect on me, helping to mold my character by teaching and reinforcing in all of us the importance of discipline and respect for the rule of order. I got to know him in a very different, and much more human(e) way at our 25th reunion in 1992. My wife, Philomene and I, enjoyed a wonderful Sunday afternoon with Bob and Mary, and with their RPCV (Returned Peace Corps Volunteer) son, Rob, and his African wife and newborn baby on their family farm not far from Deerfield. I came away from that encounter with the sense that I had gotten to know Bob in a much fuller, multi-dimensional way than I had as a student. I will cherish the memories of that day always. Thank you, Bob, for all that you contributed to the lives of so many of us.
Rob Walbridge -- Abidjan, Ivory Coast
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