AMERSON €'' Robert C., 80, died at his Brewster home on Saturday, February 25 after a very brief illness. He was the loving husband of Nancy Amerson for 53 years. Born and raised on a farm in South Dakota, he was part of the Great Generation that created and represented the best of American ideals in the past century. He served in WWII and graduated from Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota in 1950 through the GI Bill. His talents in languages led him into the field of public relations, first for General Mills, and then, in 1955, for a newly minted branch of our country's representation abroad, the United States Information Service. During his 23 year diplomatic career, he served in Caracas, Venezuela; Milan, Bologna, and Rome, Italy; Bogota, Colombia; Washington, DC and Madrid, Spain. He completed graduate studies at the John's Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. He concluded his foreign service career as the Edward R. Murrow Fellow at the Fletcher School at Tufts University in Boston. He continued to foster international relations upon his retirement in 1978 as an active member of WorldBoston and as the Executive Director of the International Business Center of New England. Upon moving to Brewster in 1987, he devoted his time to the expression of ideas through language, music and art. He wrote extensively (publishing two books and numerous articles and writing several novels, short stories and essays) and pursued a wide range of creative interests including music, photography, and painting. Through his 80th year, he was an avid tennis player, and he spent a decade as a volunteer driver for Road to Recovery. He was an incisive analyst and a gifted wordsmith who delighted in encouraging the creativity in others. Above all, he was a wonderful husband and father. In addition to his wife, he leaves behind his daughters, Jane Kelly Amerson (Ray) Lopez of Albany, NY and Susan Robb Amerson (Michael) Hartnett of Winchester, MA and his three grandchildren Sam, Connor and Victoria. He was predeceased by his father, Clarence and his mother, Bernice and is survived by his siblings Marie Hawley and Clarice Goodroad of South Dakota; Elaine Lewis , Mavis Voigt, Jean Brookins and Richard Amerson of Minnesota; two aunts, Zena Steffenhagen and Ruby Casjens of California and many nieces and nephews and dear friends across the country and around the globe. Graveside services will be private. A gathering for family and friends will be held on Friday, March 3 at 2:30 followed by a memorial service at 3:00, both at the Nickerson Funeral Home, 77 Eldredge Parkway, Orleans, 255-0259. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Joslin Diabetes Center, One Joslin Place, Boston, MA 02215.
Published in Cape Cod Times on Mar. 1, 2006.