Robert Paul Madrulli

September 15, 1929December 15, 2012

Robert Paul Madrulli was born in Boston, MA on September 15, 1929, the first of two children to Angiolo and Italia Madrulli. Bob was a friendly, energetic man with an inquisitive mind. He had a wide variety of interests and enjoyed a profound appreciation of nature. His favorite hobbies involved a variety of outdoor activities. He instilled a love for the beauty of nature in his children and grandchildren who often participated with him in his outdoor adventures. Bob’s parents emigrated from Italy in the 1920’s and were employed at Elmwood, a large pre-revolutionary estate in Cambridge, MA. He spent his boyhood years there, eventually graduating from Rindge Tech, earning a scholarship to MIT where he received a B.S. degree in chemical engineering in 1951. Upon graduation he started his 42 year long career with DuPont. On June 2, 1952 Bob married his lifelong dancing partner, Trudy Galvin, starting a family soon after settling in Wilmington, Delaware. Their family eventually included six children, Kathy Rogers, Peter Madrulli (Cindy), Kenneth Madrulli (Barbara), Nancy McNeish (Jerry), Liz Scruggs (Faron), and Susan Goodgion (Tim). Bob and Trudy have 12 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren. While living in Wilmington, Bob became interested in collecting minerals from abandoned quarries on the east coast. He always included his children on these treks. We enjoyed many hours tramping through the wilderness climbing over rocks in search of interesting specimens for his collection. In 1968 Bob moved the family to Beaumont, Texas where he worked until retirement in 1993. While living in southeast Texas, Bob got involved with the Sierra Club and Audubon Society and was soon tramping around the Big Thicket on bird counts and hiking in the Grand Canyon. He always brought back a collection of beautiful slides from his journeys which he shared with friends and family. His love of the natural world eventually found its way into his professional life as several of his final projects for DuPont earned awards for cleaning up the environment. Upon retirement in 1993 Bob and Trudy moved to Austin where they joined the folk dancing community TIFD. When not puttering around in his beautiful backyard, Bob could be found pursuing his interest in wood working. He, hand built many pieces of furniture in his home and eventually completed a piece of furniture for each of his six children. He volunteered his time at Pioneer Farms. and the George Washington Carver Museum where his skills as a craftsman were used repairing various historic objects from their displays. After their children had grown and left home Bob and Trudy turned their affections to a boxer named Barney who could soon became a loyal walking partner of Bob’s , always to be found at his side. Big Mac and Lily, all equally loyal and loved by Bob, followed Barney in time. In the last years of his life Bob enjoyed many Alzheimer’s respite programs including Circle of Friends at Beth-Israel, The Gathering at WHPC, and the Senior Retreat at Town Lake YMCA. A celebration of his life will be held at his home on Wednesday the 19th of December from 6 o’clock to 8 o’clock in the evening, with a graveside service to be held at a later date at Mount Auburn Cemetery in Boston. Condolences may be sent to


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January 7, 2013

reading your dad's obit, I didn't know we had so much in common. My mom was born in Cambridge 3 months after your dad and our family plot is in Mt Auburn, what abeautiful cemetery.
We so enjoyed having you and your father at the Gathering, you both always were smiling and so positive.
Our condolences to you and your family.
Karen Larson

Ingrid Huskey

December 24, 2012

Everything I want to say about Bob has already been said. In addition to folk dancing, I enjoyed going on Audubon bird-watching trips with Bob and occasionally he would lead such a trip for the Audubon Society. He not only knew his dances, he also knew his birds. He was a very nice, interesting and knowledgeable person.

Linda Gober

December 23, 2012

I knew Bob through the Sierra Club in Beaumont, Texas--he was a lovely person, bright, friendly and helpful to others--he was on the first Grand Canyon backpack I did, and I appreciated his experience and help. Blessings to you and your family, Trudy--

Cindy Meyers

December 22, 2012

Dear Trudy, Lana Hildabridle and I were in folk dance with you and Bob in Beaumont. In addition, I had the pleasure of working with Bob at DuPont for many years. He was kind, caring, patient, extremely intelligent, and a true gentleman. The world lost a very honorable man with Bob's passing; God gained a wonderful soul in heaven. My deepest sympathy to you and your entire family.

May God bless you and your family,

Janet Densmore

December 21, 2012

Dear Trudy, I have fond memories of Bob as a folk dancer. When I was a new dancer, he was always willing to dance with me and teach me the steps. He was endlessly patient, kind, and good-humored. I have always thought of him with fondness. Please accept my condolences on your loss. You were so fortunate to have him in your life for so long.

Paige, Joey & Kristin (Richard) Breaux

December 20, 2012

We are so sorry for your loss. I only remember seeing Mr. Madrulli a few times when Uncle Pete and Aunt Cindy brought us over. I was little, but do remember the smile he always greeted us with. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family and may God Bless You All.

Daniel Goldman

December 20, 2012

I used to know Bob a long time ago when I folk danced in Austin. I'm sad to hear he's gone. I really liked him. I won't forget his good and friendly nature.

Carolyn Abney

December 20, 2012

So sorry to hear of Bob's passing. My prayers and thoughts are with all of you in your time of sorrow.

During my early years at DuPont I had the privilege of working for Bob in R&D. He was a very nice person and always enjoyed working for him.

Stan Killian

December 20, 2012

Dear Trudy and Family, I just heard yesterday of Bob's passing. I worked with Bob for over 25 years at the Beaumont Works and always found him friendly, generous and extremely helpful. He was a very smart man, with good ideas and a very positive attitude. He was definitely "one of the good guys". I'm sure he will be sorely missed. Please accept my heartfelt condolences.

Sue & Harold Steward

December 20, 2012

Trudy, Harold and I enjoyed square dancing with you and Bob on Friday evenings. We were saddened to learn of his death. We have missed you since your move to Austin. I pray you will feel God's peace in this difficult time. Sue & Harold Steward