Robert Joseph Fahey (1932 - 2013)


Robert "Bob" Joseph Fahey, 81, died April 20, 2013, after a short illness.

He was born Jan. 31, 1932, in Belmont , Mass., the fifth of six children to parents Michael Patrick Fahey and Dorothy Sughrue Fahey, according to Graham Funeral Home, which handled his funeral arrangements and published his obituary.

He graduated from Belmont High School and earned his bachelor of science degree from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1953, and from Harvard 's Advanced Management Program. He married Mary Elizabeth Brine in 1957 in Newton, Mass., settling shortly after marriage in Belmont , where they had five children.

Fahey served two years as an intelligence officer in the Air Force before beginning his career at Arthur D. Little and Co., working with a diverse group of clients including Spanish Rail, Aer Lingus , American Airlines , Eastern Airlines, the National Football League Players Union, the Society of Jesuits, Exxon, General Motors and the U.S. Congress .

He published two books: " Congress Needs Help" in 1966, a study of congressional reform originally prepared for television broadcast by David Brinkley and NBC, and "Computer Science and Management Dynamics" in 1969. For a number of years, he vacationed on Prouts Neck, Maine , exploring Maine 's coastal cruising areas in his Tartan 30.

In 1978, he accepted a position with The Penn Central Corp. and moved his family from Belmont to Rye. Later, he worked for Sea-Land Corp. before becoming president and chairman of the board of Stuart-Dean Co. Shortly after moving to Rye, he joined the American Yacht Club, where he continued to engage in his love of sailing with his catboat, Magnanimity, becoming familiar with the waters of Long Island Sound .

As a lifelong Roman Catholic, he devoted a considerable amount of his time in seminary renewal, both at Mundelien College in Chicago -- in long-term planning for the ordinary of the archdiocese there -- and at Weston Jesuit School of Theology in Cambridge, Mass., where he served as chairman of the board of trustees.

He also had been a trustee of the Boston Theological Institute, an ecumenical consortium of schools including St. John's, Weston Jesuit, Episcopal School of Divinity, the Divinity School of Harvard University , Andover-Newton Theological School, Boston College Department of Theology and others. He was inducted into the Knights of Malta in January 1993 and made several pilgrimages to Lourdes, France, to assist the maladies.

Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Mary Elizabeth Brine Fahey; five children and their spouses, Michelle Fahey Ganon and Bill Ganon of La Jolla, Calif., Christopher Robert Fahey and Marybeth Wallace Fahey of Wyckoff, N.J., Timothy William Fahey and Eileen Gillespie Fahey of Guilford, Conn., Matthew Brine Fahey and Missie Kostel Fahey of Rye and Constance Fahey Dingle and Christopher Dingle of Toronto; a sister, Elizabeth Cahill of Belmont; and 12 grandchildren, Meredith, Carolyn and Robert Benjamin Ganon, Michael and Brendan Fahey, George Fahey, Quinn, Peter and Harry Fahey, and Cordelia, Conrad and Charles Dingle.

He was preceded in death by a sister, Barbara Kelley, and three brothers, Laurie, Don and Dick.

A Mass of Christian burial was celebrated April 24 at the Church of the Resurrection in Rye.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association (

Published in Newsday Westchester on Apr. 25, 2013
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