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Robert Algot Bub

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BENNINGTON -- Robert Algot Bub, 83, of 233 School Street, Bennington, and formerly of Rockland, Maine, and Pittsburgh, Pa., died at the Bennington Centers for Living and Rehabilitation on Feb. 7, 2004, five weeks after the death of his wife of 58 years, Ruth Rhodes Bub.

Bob was born in Swissvale, Pa., on Jan. 26, 1921, the eldest son of Frank and Ellen Peterson Bub. Bob was the first in his family to attend college at the Carnegie Institute of Technology, where he earned a mechanical engineering degree in 1942. Sports-related injuries kept him out of the Navy, so he spent the war working for United Aircraft in Connecticut. There he met Ruth Rhodes, and they married in 1945. Bob and Ruth have three children, Frank, Ray and Mary.

In 1946, the family moved to Penn Hills, Pa., where Bob started a 36-year career with Mine Safety Appliances Company. He was a recognized authority on air filtration, earning over 120 patents, and was sought throughout the world as an expert. He was proud that his filter systems were used on the first Boeing 707 jet aircraft, on the Navy’s nuclear submarines, and made it to the moon in the lunar lander module. He enjoyed new product development and problem solving. He wrote a book, two technical reference book chapters, and numerous articles on air cleaning and filtration and was an active member of many technical societies. A high point of his professional career was serving as plant manager for the 800-employee MSA manufacturing facility in Evans City, Pa.

Throughout his life, Bob was active in the service of his church and community. He was instrumental in the building of a new sanctuary at Zion Lutheran Church in Penn Hills and served on many committees and men’s groups. He and Ruth spent years volunteering with Pittsburgh Contact, an organization that manned phones for crisis intervention. They encouraged and supported their children in Boy and Girl Scouts, YMCA swimming, church, school, and many sports teams.

In Evans City, Bob joined Rotary International and was a perfect attendee for the next 26 years, belonging also to the Rockland, Maine and Bennington, Vt. clubs. He served as club president more than once and was twice honored as a Paul Harris Fellow. He was an active Mason and Shriner. Bob and Ruth were Red Cross and Meals-On-Wheels volunteers and provided hospice support for people in need while living in Maine.

In 1983, Bob retired and he and Ruth moved to a cottage with 17 acres in Union, Maine, near where she grew up. He filled his time with service activities, church, and friendships. An avid golfer, he played courses all over Maine and was proud of his two holes-in-one at the Union Country Club. He tended a large home garden amidst black flies and scavenging deer, and a favorite quote was “There’s nothing like a home-grown tomato from the garden.”

He and Ruth enjoyed traveling south during Maine winters and visiting their children throughout the United States and around the world. A family trip on the canals of central England is fondly remembered. Their activity in Elder Hostel programs took them to classes and seminars from Canada to Florida. In 2000, Ruth was moved to a nursing home in Bennington, where Bob lovingly tended her as her health slowly declined with Alzheimer’s disease.

He joined the Rotary Club and attended the Second Congregational Church in Bennington, while they remained members of Aldersgate United Methodist Church of Rockland, Maine.

Bob is survived by his son, Frank Bub and his wife, Susan, of Diamondhead, Miss.; son Ray Bub and his wife, Susan Nykiel, of Pownal; and daughter Mary Meier and her husband Alan of Bloomington, Ill. He has five granddaughters: Kristen Bub, Meghan Meier Ross, Alison Meier, Kelsey Nykiel-Bub and Linley Nykiel-Bub. He is also survived by a sister, Dolores Reynolds of North Warren, Pa.; a brother, Larry Bub of Kouts, Ind.; and several in-laws, nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a sister, Jean Duncan, and brother-in-law, Bob Reynolds. Ruth and Bob will be missed at the semi-annual Bub family reunion this summer, a gathering that has been held since 1963.

There will be no calling hours. After cremation, a service of remembrance will be held in Rockland, Maine, over the Memorial Day weekend.

Contributions may be made to the Aldersgate United Methodist Church or Kno-Wal-Lin Mid-Coast Family Hospice, both of Rockland, Maine, or Carnegie-Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pa., in care of the Hanson-Walbridge Funeral Home, P.O. Box 957, Bennington, VT 05201.
Published in Bennington Banner from Feb. 9 to Feb. 14, 2004
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