Robert Adams Bastille of Weston, Massachusetts, formerly of Wellesley, died on August 28th in Wayland. He was 91 years old. He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Ruth Miller Bastille, his sons Robert Bastille, David Bastille and Ned Bastille, his grandchildren Sarah Bastille, Katie DeFrank, James Bastille, Anne Bastille and Peter Bastille, and his great-grandchildren Chloe DeFrank and Benjamin DeFrank. Born to Dorothy Quincy Jackson and John Ernest Bastille, Bob spent his youth in Peterborough, N.H. and Concord, Massachusetts. He attended the Fenn School in Concord and Phillips Exeter Academy, where his lifelong interest in the fine arts blossomed. Bob continued his studies at Harvard College, joining the Army in 1943. He served with the 320th Combat Engineers in Europe and was awarded a Bronze Star for meritorious service during the 95th Division's drive through Metz. It was during basic training near Pittsburgh that he first met Ruth Miller; after their first date he remarked to a friend, "I just had dinner with my future wife." They married in 1945 and eventually settled in the Boston area. After the war, Bob earned a Bachelor and Masters in Architecture from the Harvard Graduate School of Design, where professors Walter Gropius and Josef Albers left a distinct impression. After gaining professional experience with the firm of Perry, Shaw & Hepburn, he established Bastille-Halsey Associates in 1953 and Bastille/Neiley Architects in 1963, designing a variety of public and private buildings in the Boston area. Bob held a number of committee posts with the Boston Society of Architects. He was a Town Meeting Member in Wellesley for 26 years. He served on the Advisory Committee, Zoning Board of Appeals, and Library Trustees, and was a member of the Wellesley Club. He enjoyed traveling, mostly autumn trips to his beloved New Hampshire and to Nantucket and Maine's Penobscot region, but also to Florida, California, England, France, and Venezuela. He was an avid fan of all Boston-based pro sports teams. Throughout his life, he was an enthusiastic supporter of the Boston Symphony Orchestra with a particular fondness for the works of Johannes Brahms and Jean Sibelius. Bob impressed all who met him with his charm, wit, practical knowledge, storytelling, love of birds and birdwatching, the sea and seashells, his appreciation of the lessons of history, and his sharp intellect, which remained intact to the end. He was a kind and gentle man who was loved dearly and is, and will always be, greatly missed. A memorial mass will be celebrated on Saturday, September 28th at 10:00 am at St. Paul's Church in Wellesley. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, Donations may be made in Bob's memory to the Friends of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, 301 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston, MA 02115. Online guestbook and directions at www.gfdoherty.com.
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Published in The Wellesley Townsman from Sept. 5 to Sept. 12, 2013