OBITUARY

Henry Martyn Robert III

June 22, 1920January 6, 2019
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Henry Martyn Robert III, 98, passed away January 6, 2019 at his home in Annapolis, Md. Born June 22nd, 1920, Mr. Robert was the son of Henry M. Robert, Jr., a USNA Mathematics professor and Sarah Corbin Robert, a teacher and President General of the Daughters of the American Revolution. He was the grandson of Army General Henry M. Robert, who had served as the head of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and was the author of Robert’s Rules of Order. Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised remains today as the foremost parliamentary authority in the U.S. and, since its publication in 1876, has been revised eleven times with the 12th edition scheduled for publication in 2020. As the senior member of the authorship team, Mr. Robert oversaw the last six revisions; prior to that he collaborated with his mother, Sarah Robert on previous editions. He is also a co-author of the shorter introductory book, Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised in Brief. Henry was an esteemed member of the National Association of Parliamentarians and in 2015 was named an Honorary President. Far too numerous to mention, Mr. Robert has received scores of awards and accolades for his work as a Professional Parliamentarian since 1983. During his long career, he served for many years as the Parliamentarian for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops as well as the Supreme Council of the Knights of Columbus. His many contributions in regards to parliamentary procedure will long be remembered. A 1941 graduate of St. John’s College in Annapolis, he remained active in the alumni association and always was a lifelong adherent and promoter of liberal arts education. Mr. Robert was also affiliated with the nearby U.S. Naval Academy, annually presenting the Professor Henry M. Robert, Jr. Prize in Mathematics. During World War II, he served in the U.S. Navy, working as a physicist for the Naval Research Laboratory in Washington, D.C. He was awarded the WWII Victory Medal for his efforts. After the war, he studied physics at Laval University in Quebec, Canada, earning a M.S. degree in 1951. A stunning accomplishment, since his coursework was in French! He then went on to further study at the University of Notre Dame. Even throughout his later years he continued to keep abreast of advances in the field by continuing to read peer-reviewed scientific journals. A devout convert to Catholicism during his undergraduate years, Henry served on the staff of St. Mary’s Church in Annapolis and became a Redemptorist Oblate. He resided at the rectory for many years, carrying out a number of diverse duties, such as sacristan and lector, even faithfully serving as crossing guard for the parish school. He is remembered lovingly by many for his diligent and responsible service no matter the task. He remained actively involved in the Knights of Columbus, which he joined in 1960, and was past Grand Knight of the Annapolis Council as well as Faithful Navigator of the Annapolis 4th Degree Assembly. Even though Henry was not survived by any living relatives, he had many friends, colleagues and surrogate family members who mourn his loss and take comfort in remembering his remarkable life. Visitation will be at the John M. Taylor Funeral Home, 147 Duke of Gloucester Street Annapolis, MD 21401 on Friday January 18, 2019 from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 PM. Henry will lie in state in Saint Mary's Catholic Church 109 Duke of Gloucester Street, Annapolis, MD 21401 on Saturday January 19 from 8:30 am to 10:15 am. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in Saint Mary's Catholic Church at 10:30 am. Henry will be interred in The Redemptorist Cemetery in Carroll Gardens (Located on Saint Mary's Catholic Church Grounds) immediately following the Mass, followed by a Celebration of Life at the Charles Carroll House immediately following the interment in which all are welcome (also located on Saint Mary's Catholic Church Grounds). In Lieu of Flowers, tax-deductible donations may be made in Henry’s honor to the Knights of Columbus Annapolis Counci 1384 Charities, Inc., 610 N.Bestgate Rd., Annapolis, Md. 21401; or to the Henry M. Robert III Fund, established in 2016 to support general parliamentary educational programs and services at www.parliamentarians.org

Services

18 January

Visitation

2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

John M. Taylor Funeral Home

147 DUKE OF GLOUCESTER ST
ANNAPOLIS, MD 21401

18 January

Visitation

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

John M. Taylor Funeral Home

147 DUKE OF GLOUCESTER ST
ANNAPOLIS, MD 21401

18 January

The Rosary will be recited

7:15 pm

John M. Taylor Funeral Home

147 Duke Of Gloucester St
Annapolis, Maryland 21401

19 January

Visitation

8:30 am - 10:15 am

Saint Mary's Catholic Church

109 Duke of Gloucester Street
Annapolis, MD 21401

19 January

Mass of Christian Burial

10:30 am - 11:30 am

Saint Mary's Catholic Church

109 Duke of Gloucester Street
Annapolis, MD 21401

19 January

Graveside Service

11:30 am - 11:45 am

The Redemptorist Cemetery in Carroll Gardens

109 Duke of Gloucester Street
Annapolis, MD 21401

REMEMBERING

Henry Martyn Robert III

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Susie Alexander

January 14, 2019

Our family has been so blessed over all these years to have had Henry as such a treasured part of all our holidays & special occasions. Dear Henry was always graced with such dignity, wisdom and gentle kindness and he truly loved our family as we loved him.
May he celebrate many spectacular holidays with our very dear beloved family members in heaven welcoming him with open arms & Cheers forever.

Mary Ann Keicher

January 13, 2019

Henry M. Robert III became a “member” of our family long before I or my siblings were born, when he met my uncle, Gerard Alexander, as a freshman at St. John’s College in 1937. An only child from a prestigious, historied family, Henry must have been overwhelmed as well as intrigued at being welcomed in the somewhat boisterous, but warm atmosphere of the Alexander family. Henry was an important part of our life at “Port Alexander” on Weems Creek, attending all our family get-togethers up to, and including, this last Christmas celebration.
Henry was Godfather to my sister, Sharon, and my siblings and I all regarded him proudly as another uncle. We were often amazed at his stories about our family and felt he had a deeper knowledge of our family history than any of us. Clearly his retention of events and reminiscences relayed by my grandfather “stuck” in that powerful brain – much to our delight! For example, only a few years ago, Henry amused us with an anecdote about my great-grandfather, Isadore, an engineer on the Trans- Siberian Railroad and his interaction with the Czar.
Henry’s erudition extended far beyond simple family stories, as evidenced by his many other accomplishments as a foremost Parliamentarian, church historian and Grand Knight of Columbus. Henry also held a Masters of Science degree in Physics, and what makes that remarkable to me is that he earned it at Laval University in Quebec, where he studied the subject in French!
Although Henry always displayed a “proper”, dignified air, he also was quite gentle and loving with the many generations of children and family dogs over the years – even allowing the dogs to jump all over him upon arrival!

We will all miss Henry, but are thankful for the times we had with him and that he chose to be an integral part of our lives!

Mary Ann Hufnagel Keicher


Anna Keicher- Valenova

January 13, 2019

I grew up with Henry being a big part of our family. He was at every holiday and special occasion that we had. Henry was a surrogate great uncle to me and he will be missed deeply.

Anna Keicher-Valenova

January 13, 2019

I grew up with Henry being a big part of our family. He was at every holiday and special occasion that we had. Henry was a surrogate great uncle to me and he will be missed deeply.

Susan Goodson

January 10, 2019

As a "young" member of the NAP, seeing Mr. Robert for the first time was like viewing a STAR. That did not change over the many annual meetings attended. He was always the gentleman, an educator, patient, and kind. He will be with us in spirit when next NAP meets and will be missed by throngs of devoted "fans".

Lyle KlemN

January 10, 2019

It was not a little ironic that Henry was one of my "students" when renewing his PRP. I, of course, should have been one of his students, as also should have been the case with my co-instructor at the time, Michael Wagner-Diggs. But we found Henry to be easy-going personally and yet very particular about procedural matters as well as correct verbiage. It was a fun Professional Renewal class, as it turned out; both Michael and I looked forward to it and were not disappointed!

Thanks, Henry, and know that indeed we will miss you.

Kirk Overbey

January 10, 2019

Henry was a man of intelligence and deep faith. He rarely missed daily mass and he always laughed at a good joke.

I will never forget when Dennis Clark, Burke Balch and I took Henry to see the U.S.S. Texas battleship near Houston. Henry was about 90 at the time. It was a hot, muggy day in June, but Henry wore his coat and tie throughout. After touring the main deck, he wanted to see the engine room, three decks below. This caused a flurry of activity among his assistants to protect him on the steep naval ladders. When we returned to the main deck, Henry looked up and said "Is that the bridge?" Up the ladders we went! He saw the whole ship--top to bottom. I think Henry enjoyed having the young entourage dote upon him as much as he enjoyed seeing the ship.

Dorothea Oliff

January 9, 2019

Henry taught me how to properly set up for Mass. I loved seeing him in church. He was a devoted soul of Saint Marys. I will miss him as so many other people will. He is with his savior now. God rest his soul.

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY

Landgrave Thomas Smith