Robert Lincoln McNeil|
April 4, 1916 ~ January 18, 2014
Robert Lincoln McNeil passed away Saturday, January 18, at home surrounded by his daughter-in-law Debbie McNeil and his devoted caregivers Nancy Hewitt and Connie Lunde. He was 97.
Bob's degree in forestry from the University of Washington led to a long career with the US Forest Service and the Bureau of Outdoor Recreation. His work took the family all over Washington and Oregon, with many adventures along the way.
Upon retirement, he volunteered at the Fort Vancouver National Historical Site, Oregon Health Sciences, and Virginia Mason Hospital.
Bob was a life long reader, and was especially fond of American history and politics. He loved music, and was a great raconteur with a fine sense of humor.
After the deaths of his wife Dorothy and son Tim, Bob turned his attention to philanthropic work. He supported libraries, scholarships, and numerous programs to help young people in his South Park neighborhood.
Bob's approach to giving was to find local programs that he knew were making a difference, and giving them his support. He was the founder of the Plumb, Level and Square Fund, supporting local programs for children and young adults, especially those learning the building trades. He believed that was how to change lives.
He is survived by daughter-in-law Debbie McNeil, nephew Tom McNeil, nieces Margaret Benecke and Sue Henry and their families.
Published in The Seattle Times from Jan. 23 to Jan. 25, 2014