Robert G. Kellam
1947 - 2016
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Robert George Kellam

August 4, 1947 – August 5, 2016


Robert (Bob) George Kellam of Raleigh died on August 5, 2016 at Transitions LifeCare after a courageous battle with cancer. He was born in Durham and was the only child of Leewan and Emily Richardson Kellam. Leewan died when Bob was only three, and Bob's grandfather, George D. Richardson, became an important father figure. When Bob was in college, Emily married James Babcock, stepfather to Bob.

Surviving Bob are his wife, Susan R. Wyatt; Leewyn Kellam, his daughter from a previous marriage to Evelyn Hill; his son-in-law Brian Hatch; and several close cousins.

Bob graduated from Culver Military Academy in Indiana, where his Grandfather Kellam had been the Dean of Admissions. From there he went to Yale University where he graduated in 1970 with a B.S., and to Duke University (evening program) where he graduated in 1978 with an MBA.

For over 30 years Bob was employed at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Office of Air Quality and Standards (OAQPS) in RTP. He held a variety of management positions, retiring at the end of 2003 as the Associate Director of the Information Transfer and Program Integration Division. He also represented EPA as a co-chair for an Expert Group in air emissions during the development of guidance for an international treaty for Persistent Organic Pollutants. Together with his friend and colleague John Bachmann, he lifted employee morale through productions created in conjunction with OAQPS Holiday parties.

Actually Bob did not retire in 2003; he just switched jobs. He continued to focus on environmental protection, but redirected his attention to sustainable agriculture. Grandparents Richardson, with whom he spent many hours gardening, left him a 60-acre farm (Kellam-Wyatt Farm) in east Raleigh. He had always gardened, but now he used the farm to raise a variety of 40 organically grown fruits and vegetables for sell to a CSA, Midtown

Farmers' Market, and Irregardless Café.

Farming is a 24/7 job, but this was not enough for Bob. He wanted to promote public education through the N.C. Cooperative Extension Service and the Extension Master Gardener Volunteer (EMGV) program. Thus, he volunteered as a leader in the Wake County and State EMGV programs, the NC EMGV endowment, the Wake County Extension Advisory Council, and the NC Cooperative Extension Agricultural Programs Foundation.

Kellam-Wyatt Farm includes not only fields for raising fruits and vegetables, but woods and lakes for conserving nature and wildlife. In December 2013, Bob and Susan partnered with the City of Oaks Foundation to place a Conservation Easement on the Farm, with the idea of protecting wildlife habitat and providing for public education on farming and nature. Bob also served as a Board member for the City of Oaks Foundation.

Bob had many skills and passions. In addition to advocating for the environment and farming, he produced books, videos, musicals and newsletters; designed and constructed houses, offices and chicken egg-mobiles; ran marathons; hiked, camped and sailed; and partnered with his cousins to operate a kennel. He was well known for his catalytic initiative and leadership, creativity, sense of humor, kindness, mentoring, generosity, and for laboring endless hours to ensure excellence. In addition, no one could ask for a more caring father, husband or friend.

In lieu of flowers, the family prefers donations to the City of Oaks Foundation, for the Kellam-Wyatt Nature and Farm Education Public Park Project, Address: City of Oaks Foundation; 222 W. Hargett Street, Suite 608, Raleigh, N.C. 27601.

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August 21, 2016
August 21, 2016

Regretfully , I cannot attend Bob's memorial service, but do wish to extend my sincere sympathy and condolences to Susan and other family members. Dating back to my starting to work with US EPA in the 1970's, it was my good fortune and privilege to witness Bob's excellent professional work performance and his kind interactions with many others. It was also great that Bob carried on, upon his retirement, work to benefit the environment via organic farming, and he is to be lauded for donation of inherited farm land to foster future ecological benefits. May God bless Bob as a fine example for all of us to emulate !
Dr. Les Grant
August 21, 2016
Susan, I am so sorry to hear of Bob's passing. He was always the kindest, most pleasant person at the market, willing to share and encourage all who came. I know he will be missed by the many people who knew him.
Norma Burns
August 20, 2016
I was lucky to see Bob push boundaries on what is possible in a better world, all the while making it seem easy, making it playful, being smart, curious, generous, humble, and getting it done. A beautiful legacy. Our prayers and thoughts are with you all.
Jeff Cohen
August 19, 2016
I knew Bob in college where he made our little band of housemates a "family". Bob uplifted everything he was a part of--always a helping hand, a kind word, a thoughtful insight and a great sense of fun. A gifted writer, he wrote a very entertaining memoir of his time at Culver. Blessed are we who spent time with Bob. We all learned from him, how he handled things, with his quiet dignity. Bob knew what love is. God broke the mold.
Diana Sherman Shachory
August 18, 2016
Susan and Family, We are so sorry about Bob's death. He will be missed by so many. He made such an impressive contribution to the local and state EMG organizations. I was blessed to have had him as a 2004 EMG trainee classmate. What a void he leaves behind!! There will never be another Bob Kellum. Condolences to all of you. I regret that I cannot attend the memorial service on the 21st because I will be out of state. Faye Shirley
August 16, 2016
Bob did so much for so many and he was so dedicated to the causes and people he believed in. He will be missed so much. He believed in education and was a brilliant person. He got involved in Master Gardeners and really guided the State Association to do bigger and better things. I am deeply touched by Bob's death. He lived life to its fullest. Thank you Bob for all that you have done. You touched so many.
Brenda Carter
August 15, 2016
I am deeply saddened by the news of Bob's death. He was a renaissance man with many talents. I am honored to have served on his staff at the Pollutant Assessment Branch at EPA. He set a high bar for the work environment. We were like a family.

- Vasu Kilaru
Vasu Kilaru
August 13, 2016
I am greatly saddened to learn of Bob's death. His dedication to nature and farming are inspirational still. Fortunate are those who knew him.
Adryon Clay
August 12, 2016
Bob was a friend and mentor to me at EPA. While I have not worked at EPA for many years, the lessons I learned from Bob have helped me through my career and my life. Bob was the quintessential nice guy. A friend to everyone, he led by example. He was a gentle, kind and good man who contributed to the people around him and made the world better. What a great life!
Tim Mohin
August 11, 2016
I am very sorry for your loss. Mr. Kellam use to deliver his wonderful fresh produce to my home. I always enjoyed talking to him. Once, I had to pick up my food. My husband and I were in awe of the beauty of this farm. Mr. Kellam gave us a lesson on his chickens! May you find peace in his wonderful memories.
Paula Holley
August 11, 2016
I will always cherish my time with Bob at EPA. He was given to us to make our lives and our world better. Love you Bob. Kellbach rocked.
Bill Lamason
August 11, 2016
Our deepest sympathy. We will remember Bob for his great sense of humor, his willingness to help others, his many talents, and his passion for protecting public health and the environment.
Harvey and Becky Richmond
Harvey Richmond
August 11, 2016
GOD needed him again, and he has served well here. Be comfort in knowing his journey was great with you.
susan gardner
August 11, 2016
I am sorry for your loss.
Take care
Bill Neuffer
August 10, 2016
Susan, so sorry for your loss. Bob was extremely creative and accomplished so much.
Gil Wood
August 10, 2016
Bob had an extraordinary enthusiasm for life and a determination to make things better for everyone. He used his knowledge and communication skills to inspire those who knew him to follow his lead. Most of all, he was devoted to his family - wife, Susan Wyatt, daughter, Leewyn and her husband, Brian. He will be sincerely missed by everyone who knew him in his many endeavors. But his greatest legacy will be the City of Oaks Parks which will benefit generations.
Dick & Dee Hatch
August 10, 2016
Beautifully written life story, Leewyn...and great to see that familiar smile that lives on in you. Bob counted for much in his lifetime. A good man.
Bob Inskeep
August 9, 2016
I was privileged to work with Bob for many years on the NCEMGVA board, where his passion, drive, leadership and energy set a high bar for the rest of us. He was a truly good guy. My heartfelt condolences on your loss.
Sheilah Lombardo
August 9, 2016
Prayers go out to your family for this loss. Bob was respected and loved by so many. He was truly a good human being.
Mary Conroy, Forsyth County MGV
August 8, 2016
Very sorry for your loss, Susan. Bob will be remembered.
Rick and Lori Colyer
Rick Colyer
August 7, 2016
Thoughts with you. His contributions will always be remembered.
Edna Gaston, President, NCMEGVA
August 7, 2016
So sorry for your loss. He was a very generous and kind man who will be missed by many. I am very grateful for time I got to spend working on his farm. May God bless you all.
Mark Larimer
August 7, 2016
Very sorry for your loss. A better person would be hard to find.

Gail and Peter Westlin
Gail and Peter Westlin
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