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Robert Hooper Swann


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Robert Hooper Swann

1943 - 2015 Robert Hooper Swann, son of John Butler Swann and Mary Potter Swann, was born in Boston in 1943, and raised on Cherry Hill Farm in Stockbridge. He died October 29th, 2015, from cancer, at Berkshire Medical Center. He was 72 years old. Bob attended Berkshire Country Day School in Lenox after he kept leaving the Plain School in Stockbridge at morning recess in 1st grade, walking through the woods to the railroad tracks and waiting until after 3 to reappear at home. He went on to Brooks School and later to Pomfret School in eastern Connecticut, graduating in 1961. He then studied at Le Rosey School in Switzerland where he was notorious for fearless speed on the ski slopes, the London School of Economics, and Columbia School of General Studies in New York. He started a vegetable farming endeavor and over a few years he changed to growing flowers for markets locally and across the state. Some years his fields were so gaudy with colors that airplanes would buzz his gardens at the height of bloom. Bob had an intellectual bent and a rich imagination which optimism carried him through many an endeavor. He prized art but stopped making it at school. He treasured Jane Austen and other 19th-century classical writers. He loved good writing, but stopped after writing a novel, several short stories and a play. He ventured out and quickly retreated. Bob enjoyed playing soccer in the Berkshire league for many years. He also enjoyed frequenting bars, inns and clubs: a way to make acquaintances easily, meet women, and find someone he learned from and valued as a friend. He was famous locally for his skills at "Jeopardy." As a child, Bob invented his own board games, making all the board pieces and persuading people to play the games with him. As an adult, he enjoyed racing sailboats on Lake Mahkeenac and won several trophies; he also won trophies from Felix Mundy's Cerebral Challenge competitions. He was tops in chess playing, finally playing 3 people at the same time blindfolded and winning. He was extremely well-read and retained it all, and did everything with incredible focus and intensity. He read the New York Times and did the crossword puzzle daily for 50 years. In later years, he acquired a computer and worked with his Interests (business information, the fantasy of the computer, the sheer imagination of it.) Bob is survived by two brothers, Mark, of Jacksonville, FL and Nick, of Stockbridge, and 2 sisters, Rosaly Bass of Peterborough, NH, and Clover, of NYC and Stockbridge, and nine nephews and nieces and their husbands, wives and children. The family plans a memorial service on Saturday, December 12th, 2015, location and time to be announced. In lieu of flowers, donations in Bob's memory may be made to the Stockbridge Library. Messages of condolence may be sent care of Dery Funeral Home.
Published in The Berkshire Eagle on Nov. 4, 2015
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