LACONIA – Robert W. Caswell, 81, passed away peacefully Friday, March 5, 2014, at his daughter's home in Troy, N.Y.
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Robert was born April 3, 1932, to the late Richard W. Caswell and Doris (Gravenhorst) Caswell in Hackensack, N.J., and was the beloved husband of the late Mary Lamont Caswell, who died in June 1996.
Robert was a civil engineer, graduating from the University of Rhode Island in 1954 and was a member of the Tau Beta Pi engineering honorary society. Subsequent to receiving an ROTC commission, Robert entered the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, serving two years active duty. Licensed as a professional engineer in 13 states, Mr. Caswell was employed as a civil engineer, environmental engineer, project manager and executive for several consulting engineering firms in the United States and abroad. Accompanied by family, he lived in Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Southeast Asia for over 12 years, working on major water supply, wastewater, power plant and building projects. Robert was a member of several professional organizations including the American Society of Civil Engineers, the American Water Works Association and the New England Water Works Association.
Bob enjoyed skiing, photography, sailing and traveling. In his early 70s, to his family's surprise, he developed a passion for dancing, took lessons and enjoyed dance showcases and ballroom dance theme cruises.
Survivors include his son, Eric A. Caswell (Lauren) of Northfield, Vt.; his daughter, Jennifer L. Nixon (William) of Troy, N.Y.; grandsons, Elliot and Beckham Caswell of Northfield, Vt.; granddaughters, Kathryn Nixon of Rochester, N.Y., and Victoria Nixon of Troy, N.Y.; sister, Susan P. Caswell of Wood River Junction, R.I.; brother, Jonathan H. Caswell (Pearl) of Laconia; niece, Becca; and nephews, Brad, Chris, Alan and Caleb.
A Memorial dance will be held in Bob's honor April 26, 2014, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Let's Dance Studio, 5 N. Main St., Concord, 03301.
Arrangements by the McLoughlin & Mason Funeral Home, corner of 109th St. and Third Ave., Lansingburgh.
Contributions in Robert's memory may be made to the LRGH Community Wellness Center, 80 Highland St., Laconia, N.H., 03246 or the National Foundation for Cancer Research, 4600 East West Highway, Suite 525, Bethesda, MD 20814.
To light a candle and send condolences, please visit mcloughlinmason.com.
Published in The Concord Monitor on Mar. 30, 2014