Robert Hilaire Audette, Sr. CONCORD - Robert Hilaire Audette, Sr. of Concord passed away in his home on Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014, at the age of 76 after a two year battle with cancer. He was a wonderful father who loved his family deeply and expressed his love often. He will be missed dearly by many. He was an educator and professor who taught in the College of Education at UNC Charlotte from 1989 until May of 2013. As a teacher of teachers his influence, inspiration and love touched the lives of many and made lasting positive impacts on the lives of many children. Robert was born in Montpelier, Vermont on Nov. 16, 1937 and graduated with a PhD from George Peabody College for Teachers at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee in 1972. Other notable career highlights before moving to Charlotte include several years teaching at Syracuse University and his previous position as Associate Commissioner of Special Education for The State of Massachusetts. One of his most profound and far reaching accomplishments included spear-heading the passage of Massachusetts state law chapter 766 in support of equal educational opportunity for handicapped children. He is survived by his sons Robert H. Audette, Jr. of East Aurora, N.Y., Joseph Audette of Concord, Frank Audette of Charlotte and Kenneth Audette of Auburn, N.Y. and also by six grandchildren. He is also survived by his brother David Audette of Portland, Conn., his sister Jeannine Como of Hubbardston, Mass., his brother Paul Audette of Rutland, Mass., and his sister Denise O'Kula of Londonderry, N.H.
Published in Charlotte Observer on Feb. 23, 2014