Robert Henshaw Knott

Winston Salem, North Carolina


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Robert Knott passed away in Winston Salem, North Carolina. The obituary was featured in Winston-Salem Journal on February 19, 2010.

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The Boston branch of the Knott fans just heard the sad news last night. Needless to say we are all in shock and numb and still don't believe we have lost this gentle soul. We will miss the fiddle music and the stories, and most of all that beautiful intelligent face, fixed to ours, listening to every word.

My semester with Bob and Elen at the Worrell House in London was the high point of my undergraduate career and a turning point in my future direction as an academic. As a model of a generous, open, and unpretentious scholar I will always hold up Professor Knott as a model. My thoughts are with the whole family.

Dr. Knott was easily one of the most influential professors I had at Wake. He was my advisor, and the director of my study abroad program at Casa Artom. I still remember his fantastic stories, and how he truly took in all that life had to offer. I still re-tell some of his stories, and I hope to live with even a small fraction of his enthusiasm. I can't even imagine how many others he has helped and inspired over the years, but I am so very grateful to be one of them. My sincerest...

I was at the Wake Forest Convocation when President Hatch announced the sad news of Bob's death. I send your family my sympathy and warmest love. I hope, Sara, to hear that you are well and happy. I remember our talks together, as well as the visits with Bob and Elen.
Jane Crosthwaite

Dr. Knott, you were an inspiration to me as a student during the early years and it was an honor to introduce my son (WFU '11) to you several years ago. You will be missed. God bless.

Thinking of you Sara and the girls in your time of celebrating Dr. Knott's life and your time of sorrow. I loved having him at Wake Forest and I love having Sara's family as our friends. Would love to be there today, but with a bad cough and fever,I'll see you soon after I get well. Respectfully, Billy

I am thinking of a dear teacher and friend who I studied with at the Worrell House in 1980. God bless you, Bob Knott.

We are thinking of Elen and the daughters at this moment. Bob will be remembered forever at Wake Forest, for his intelligence, his individuality, his talents, and especially his humorous grace. He made of all of us a better university and people.

We also think of Bob and Elen as we continue this spring in the path of their great stewardship of Worrell House, which has lost a devoted friend.


Tom Phillips & Janine Tillett