I loved the visual anthopology course I took with Bob. What he brought out of me stays with me til this day. He was a strong and insightful teacher.
I had been in touch with my Uncle Bob
last month. We had tentative plans to meet
and have a meal and catch up. We got
a nice card with wishes for the holidays. Last
visit was before Aunt Marcia passed away.
He was happy I came by for a visit but I knew
his only concern was taking care of Aunt Marcia. When we were
growing up my Mom would force him to tell stories about his work
and travels,always fun and entertaining. We
all looked forward to his return trip and would hear
about them through letters he and Mom wrote. Uncle Bob and Aunt Marcia were loved. They both have touched
so many lives through their individual and collective
works. I was always so proud to tell people
about them. My family will miss you and
only wish we could have spent more time together.
I must believe they are together now in peace
which is how they lived.
I will always remember my Uncle Bob's huge smile, wild hair, and booming laugh. My mother's favorite story about her brother was, when he was a child, a teacher told him that the only thing he would be good for is selling apples on Delancey St. He certainly proved that person wrong. My mother was very proud of all his achievements and the wonderful man he was. His brilliant mind, love for Aunt Marcia, all his accomplishments, and the lives he touched, will not be forgotten.
Many memories of long ago times. Saddened by your loss in many ways. Rest well.
Rest well, Bob. You will be sorely missed. There are no longer such genuine and committed voices and souls as yours in academia.
Bob Asher was an original thinker who possessed far-reaching creativity combined with deep reflective thought. I was privileged that he was on my Ph.D. committee at Cornell and to have done an independent study project with him. Bob understood the educational process that results in transformative thought and action and the way he interacted with students was to guide them along the process to develop insights and diverse ways of thinking. He also appreciated and honored the intelligence of traditional cultures as evident in their artistic and scientific expressions. Bob was an extremely ethical man who lived his values with great conviction and courage as I witnessed first hand over many years. To me, he is the epitome of the ideal professor and human being.
A brilliant man and a great human being
Bob was not only a mentor for me during my grad school days, he was a friend as well. And later, a colleague in an unrelated field. Bob not only provided support and encouragement, he amused my family with tales of his exploits. There was the New Year's Eve at our farm when he and Marcia entertained us all with the saga of an evening long ago in Monte Carlo. Then there was the story about his dissertation, which he enjoyed sharing, and I enjoyed hearing, but was really meant to be a lesson for me. He was proud, and deserved to be so, about his academic accomplishments. But he was also, maybe more so, proud of his socio-political contributions, of which there were many. Rest well, my dear friend...
A true and deep and unconstrained thinker. It is my privilege to have been his student and friend
Bob was one of my most important mentors during my graduate work at Cornell in the 1960s, and unquestionably one of the most inspiring and innovative teachers I have ever known. He was incredibly generous with his time and energy and support, and made a profound difference not only in my career, but in my sense of style, direction and purpose. He was funny, eccentric and yet also very centered; and during the period of great upheaval on the Cornell campus during 1968-1969, was a model of calm and conscientious reflection for many of us. His work in the fields of archaeology and the arts, and his collaborative projects with Marcia, were models of creativity and science. Bob not only "marched" to a different drummer -- he also danced, laughed and sang to a rhythm all his own. Those of us who knew him, and had the privilege of being taught by him, will carry that example with us for the rest of our lives.