OBITUARY

Robert Preston Hershberger

April 13, 1964May 20, 2018
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Robert Preston Hershberger, Bob to all who knew him, died on May 20 at his home in Greencastle, Indiana. He was 54.

Born in Denver Colorado, Bob loved the outdoors, fishing, travelling, teaching Spanish at DePauw University and leading a myriad of student trips abroad. He adored his children, family and many friends.

His generous spirit and energy were legendary at DePauw. He served as Chair of the Modern Languages for two terms, founded the Servicio en las Américas Program, helped create CTEP (Community Technology Enhancement Program), contributed to the founding of the Hispanic Studies Program and was a long-standing co-author of the Plazas and Rumbos textbook series, which are timely and well-regarded publications in the field.

In Greencastle, he directed the Crown Street Community Center. He gave of his time in the Greencastle Schools, coached for the Putnam County Youth Soccer Association, and freely taught community Spanish at Asbury Towers, the police department, and to his own colleagues at DePauw.

Bob was a loving father, a beloved colleague, friend and teacher, and deeply committed member of his community. He is survived by his wife Natasha Ryadovaya, sons William Sawyer and Matthew Nicholas; his first wife Sarah McAdams, daughters Kate and Annie. He was preceded in death by his father William Sawyer Hershberger and leaves behind his mother Ruth Tasker Hershberger Salter, sister Anne Hershberger Miller (spouse Ken) and nephews Preston and Jake.

Bob graduated from Evergreen High School, received his B.A. from Grinnell College, and earned his Masters from the University of New Mexico and Ph.D. from the University of Kansas.

Memorial services will be held at 6:00 PM on Saturday, May 26, 2018 at Gobin Memorial United Methodist Church.

The family will receive friends from 4:00 pm until time of service on Saturday at the church.

A reception will follow the memorial service at the Inn at DePauw.

In lieu of flowers please give donations to the Crown Street Community Center 605 Crown St. Greencastle, IN. 46135.

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  • Visitation Saturday, May 26, 2018
  • Memorial Service Saturday, May 26, 2018
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Harry Brown

May 25, 2018

Bob isn't pictured here, but I think this might have been his favorite spot in Cuba, a small inlet called Guajimico, near the city of Cienfuegos, on the south coast. We stayed in bungalows nearby and took out a leaky rowboat one evening to fish. Probably my best memory of Bob and Cuba.

Harry Brown

May 25, 2018

Bob with DePauw students and local boys and girls at a community center in Havana in January 2017. We sang songs and talked about our hopes for the future of Cuba and the United States.

Harry Brown

May 25, 2018

Bob on the Malecon in Havana, on a beautiful afternoon of life, during our Winter Term trip there in January 2017.

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