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Robert J. Gillis

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Robert J. Gillis 1926 - 2009 WOLFEBORO, NH Robert J Gillis, age 82, of Wolfeboro, died Sunday, April 19, 2009 at Mt. View Nursing Home, Ossipee, N.H. He was born June 21, 1926 in Bellows Falls, Vt. Robert was the son of Charles and Margaret Gallager Gillis. Robert attended Bellows Falls High School where he was an All-State Football Champion. His interest in sports led him to pursue a career in teaching physical education. He earned a B.S. from Adrian College in 1949 and a M.A. from the University of Michigan in 1950 and a D.P.E. from Springfield College in 1965. He wrote his dissertation on the effect of ingested water volume and temperature on the body weight loss, cardiac cost and body heat storage of football players. Prior to his retirement, Robert was employed at Adrian College in Adrian, Michigan from 1956 to 1986. He was Vice President of Academic Affairs, Academic Dean, Department Chairman and Director of Athletics. His tireless service and dedication to his profession were widely known among his family and friends. It could be said that his most pleasurable moments were spent enjoying the natural beauty of New Hampshire. His family includes his wife of 55 years, J. Zita Gillis, Wolfeboro, N.H., his son Grayden J. Gillis and his wife, Debbie, Sumpter, S.C., and his daughter Janet K. Gillis-Lariviere and her husband, Eric Lariviere, of Wolfeboro, N.H., as well as two granddaughters. FUNERAL NOTICE: There will be no calling hours. Graveside services will be held Friday, April 24, 2009 at 2 p.m. at the Wolfeboro Center Cemetery, Wolfeboro, N.H. LORD FUNERAL HOME, 23 Club Lane, Wolfeboro, NH is in charge of arrangements.
Published in Brattleboro Reformer on Apr. 22, 2009
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