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Robert W. Mayer

AGE: 86 • Newark

Dr. Robert W. Mayer, age 86, passed away on February 21 at Christiana Hospital. He was born in Lancaster, PA, son of Loyd and Anna Mayer. He graduated from the college prep program at McCaskey High School in Lancaster and earned his bachelors degree from Millersville State Teachers College followed by a Masters degree in Psychology from the University of Delaware. He obtained a doctorate in Education from Temple University, Phi Delta Kappa. He graduated with distinction in all his academic pursuits.

Immediately after graduation from college, Bob enlisted in the army and was accepted into the Counter Intelligence Corps where upon he studied Japanese and German. As a special agent, he served on the border between Germany and Russia during the cold war. Of his many lifetime contributions, this assignment held special significance for him.

Upon his return from Germany in 1954, Bob was hired sight unseen by the Newark Special School District as a teacher. Shortly thereafter, he became district psychologist specializing in testing and Assistant Superintendent while also teaching at the University of Delaware as an adjunct professor. At the University, he was first employed by the department of Urban Affairs and then became Director of Admissions, Records and Financial Aid. He was Vice President for Facilities and Management Services until his retirement. He was proud to be a member of the faculty throughout his administrative career and taught Statistics in the Dept. of Education at the graduate level.

After his retirement in 1990, Bob served as President of the Friends of Bombay Hook, conducting many tours and designed and wrote numerous publications including the "History of Bombay Hook" and the "History of the CCC at Bombay Hook." He was awarded the Jefferson Award for Public Service for outstanding community service at the completion of one thousand service hours.

He was an active and devout member of Immanuel Church on the Green, New Castle and served as a member of the vestry and Senior Warden. He researched and wrote a comprehensive history of Immanuel, the oldest continuously operating Anglican parish in the country.

While exceptional in his academic and professional careers, Bob pursued sports and hobbies with the same determination and enthusiasm, from sports car rallies in his early years to Commodore of the Georgetown Yacht Club. He loved sailing his boat, Orion, and entertaining friends and family for day sails up and down the Sassafras River and Chesapeake Bay. A lifelong learner, he enjoyed birding and studying flora and fauna throughout his retirement and he was an accomplished bird carver. He and Mary were regulars for the many performing arts venues at the University as well as die-hard football fans. Bob was a compassionate individual and helped and directed scores of people throughout his lifetime. His devotion to family and friends, sharp mind and true zest for life will be sorely missed by all that knew him.

Bob is survived by his wife of 63 years, Mary Elizabeth and daughter, Elizabeth M Carlisle and her husband, Alexander and their sons, Peter and Samuel of Williamstown, MA. A memorial service will be held at Immanuel Episcopal Church on the Green at a later date.

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Published in The News Journal from Feb. 27 to Mar. 1, 2015
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