Dr. Robert Harper Babcock

Wonsqueak Harbor, Maine

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I was one of the fortunate ones to have been in his Social Studies class all four years at GCHS, and it is difficult to think of any educator at any level who made history come alive as he did. I think my favorite episodes were the segments he did on the Trujillo family from the Dominican Republic. I will miss him greatly. He was a wonderful teacher who deserved to live forever. He will, in my memory.

"Mr. Babcock" was a very special addition to the wonderful faculty at GCHS. I so enjoyed his Social Studies class-- especially the day he brought a Kingston Trio record to class to play "The Lion Sleeps Tonight" to trigger discussion! Also remember the morning he said "I think I'm having morning sickness along with my wife" -- probably their 1st pregnancy!? We loved it! What a guy!
Kathy Nohle Moyer, Class of '61

I too was fortunate to have been a student of Dr. Babcock at Guilderland Central High School and enjoyed my time with him at his visit at our reunion. I will always remember him.

I was one of the fortunate students at Guilderland High School to have had Bob as a teacher. He was one of the most influential teachers I ever had, placing great value on rational thought. I enjoyed seeing and talking to him when he attended one of our class reunions in Guilderland a few years ago. With deepest sympathy

I brings me great sadness to hear of Mr. Babcocks passing. I had him for history at GCHS. He had a forever lasting and important impact on me. I am a history and current events freak and proud of it because of him.

We only just found out that a very important person in our adolescent period has passed to a better place. We were glad to have had him in our lives and that he thought enough of us to come to our Class of 1961 reunion at Guilderland for our 45th. He was unable to attend our 50th and told us why--which saddened us greatly. Our sincerest condolences to his family--he will live on in the lives of those he touched.

Dear Rosemary,
We are so sad to hear of Bob's death. Bob was one of Dave's favorite colleagues at Wells, a lovely, open man whose face lit up when he talked about his subject and family. Dave loved his smile and his laugh and he loved talking history with him. Esther remembers you, Rosemary, at the day care center and elsewhere, what a good mother and teacher you were. And your children, the little we knew of them, seemed lovely. He was a wonderful, lovely man.

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Dear Rosemary,
Bob was such a lovely man; one could always depend on his warm smile. I've missed you both at Sacred Heart. My heart goes out to you.
Barbara Briggs

My condolences to the Babcock family and to all of Bob's friends and colleagues. I worked with Bob for many years on Labour/Le Travail, where he was a valued contributor and editorial board member. Rigorous in his scholarly standards, Bob made an important contribution to the development of working-class and social history in Canada, and to its dissemination in the United States. What most distinguished Bob, in my view, was his fair-mindedness. He did not have to agree with you to know that...


Robert's Obituaries

Dr. Robert Harper Babcock PORTLAND & WONSQUEAK HARBOR -- Dr. Robert Harper Babcock, Emeritus Professor of History at the University of Maine, died on Feb. 12, 2014, at Falmouth By the Sea from the consequences of Parkinson's disease with Lewy-body dementia. Born on Dec. 19, 1931, in...

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