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Robert R. Couture

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MENANDS, N.Y. -- Professor Robert Ronald Couture, 69, of Park Lane East Apartments, died suddenly Monday, March 27, 2006, at his residence.

Born in Gardner, Mass., he was the son of the late Ovila Couture and Dora (Reniere) Couture and husband of Marlyn Dunlap Couture of Arlington, Vt.

He was educated at Holy Rosary School, Gardner High School class of 1955, and Assumption College in Boston. He earned a master’s degree from Northeastern University. Bob moved to the Capital Region after college and pursued doctoral studies at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Bob was employed as a professor of English and theater at Hudson Valley Community College for 30 years. He also taught English at Maria College.

He had a passion for theater. Bob founded the Roustabout Players, a community theater troupe, and directed the first 25 productions at the First United Presbyterian Church in Troy. He acted and directed with other theatrical groups, including the Circle Theatre Players and Riverview Productions, and reviewed plays for the Schenectady Gazette, WAMC, and the Bennington Banner. He was active in the First United Presbyterian Church, was an elder, deacon, trustee and member of the choir. Bob also attended services at the First Unitarian Universalist Society of Albany; was a member of the Chorale in Bennington, Vt.; and was a past president of Troy Chromatics Concerts.

Survivors, in addition to his wife, include two daughters, Denise Zieske and her husband, John, of Altamont and Kim Couture and her fiancé, Marty Rist, of Ballston Spa; two grandchildren, Renee and Derek Zieske; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by a sister, Lorraine Babineau.

The funeral service will be held Tuesday at 10 a.m. at the First United Presbyterian Church, 1915 Fifth Ave., Troy, with the Rev. Alexandra Lusak, pastor, officiating.

Relatives and friends may call at the Bryce Funeral Home Inc., 276 Pawling Avenue, Troy, Monday from 4 to 8 p.m.

Donations may be made in memory of Robert Couture to the Bob Couture Memorial Theater Fund, c/o Key Bank, P.O. Box 664, Altamont, NY 12009 or at any Key Bank branch.

For a private family guest book and service directions, visit www.brycefh.com.
Published in Bennington Banner on Mar. 31, 2006
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