Larry Robert (Rob) Ochs
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Larry Robert (Rob) Ochs DIED - Feb. 25, 2015 NORWICH - Larry Robert (Rob) Ochs at age 73 passed away on February 25th 2015. Rob graduated from Ohio State University with a BS in Science Education. He enlisted in the US Navy during the Vietnam War, serving over 20 years in the Supply Corp, retiring from the naval reserve unit as a Commander. Rob had a passion for science, he taught at the Norwich Free Academy (NFA) for 30 years including astronomy, physics, chemistry, biology, and environmental science. In the early 70s while teaching at NFA Rob was the swim team coach, and instructor the NFA student-run television station. In 1985 Rob started the NFA astronomy program. Rob was one of the first K-12 teaches in the U.S. to be named to the education outreach team of the Harvard Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics in 1989. From the year 2004-2011 rob was the web master for the Cathedral of Saint Patrick Cathedral School. Rob is survived by his dog Comet, loving friends, colleagues and former students who are indebted to Rob's commitment to service, education and faith. In Rob's remembrance, his services will be held March 5th 2015 at 5 P.M. at the Cathedral of Saint Patrick, 213 Broadway, Norwich, CT. 06360.

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Published in Norwich Bulletin on Mar. 5, 2015.
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April 16, 2017
Mr Ochs, you have inspired generations of youth and now, in your death, you have left a legacy of love and pride in your church- the people- May God grant eternal rest to you and may all those inspired by your life and generosity learn from you. I wish I had the opportunity to be one of your students. I know that I had several friends who loved you to pieces. God bless your soul.
Kristen Day
April 2, 2015
Ninth grade was a little more bearable thanks to Mr. Ochs' endless supply of bad jokes. His memory will live on every time I give my students an "artist's rendition" at the whiteboard.
Rob Szarka
March 16, 2015
Shane Bartling
March 16, 2015
Rob's friendship was very important to me. Recalling our shared enjoyment of Ohio State football, CT Sun basketball and U-Conn football brings back many happy memories. I will miss Rob's keen sense of humor and his curious spirit, but I am comforted to know Rob was also a man with a deep faith in God. Rest in peace, my friend.
Mike Stryker
March 9, 2015
Will always remember his quick wit and sense of humor during our morning coffee club in Cranston. He was a kind, intelligent and generous man who will be greatly missed. Jackie Sullivan
March 6, 2015
A thoughtful colleague will be missed.
Tom Theve
March 6, 2015
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Joseph De Lucia, Sr.
March 5, 2015
Thank you for teaching me how to read the stars. I will think of you, as I always have, when I look up at night.
March 5, 2015
A dedicated educator who loved astronomy and always had a quirky sense of humor.
Thom Holdgate
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