Family

I was born in Poughkeepsie, NY. I grew up in New York state, England, and North Carolina, the middle of five children in a middle-class household. My parents were the first generation born in the US, and my dad was the first in his family to attend some college.

My wife Lorrie and I met at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

We married in 1984 in Paraguay while serving together in the US Peace Corps. We lived in a rural village where we spoke Guaraní everyday. I worked for clean water and improved sanitation, and Lorrie worked as a health educator.

Bob, Dylan, Elise, and Lorrie

After 40 years and raising two wonderful children, we’re still best friends! 

Our daughter Elise is a reporter for the Albuquerque Journal, and our son Dylan supplies fresh produce for Washington, DC-area restaurants. Both have chosen excellent partners.

A Few More Things About Me

I’m an avid cyclist: I’ve logged over 100,000 miles on the road, and I’m learning to ride on gravel to explore the forest roads of the Ashland watershed. My trusty blue fixed gear bike is the main way I get around town.

I love learning languages. I’m fluent in Spanish and Portuguese. I can get by with poor French and Italian, and I still remember some Guaraní, the indigenous language of Paraguay.

Last but not least, I have endless curiosity. I love getting to know people, hearing about their lives, and what’s important to them.

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