Riverside Memorial Chapel

180 West 76Th Street, New York, NY


Robert TUFTS

November 2, 1955October 4, 2019

Robert Malcolm Tufts (“Bob”), 63, passed away peacefully on Friday October 4, 2019 due to complications related to treatment of Multiple Myeloma with his beloved wife and daughter by his side. He was born Nov. 2, 1955 in Medford, MA to William Tufts, Jr. and Barbara Bommer. He was a graduate of Lynnfield High School ‘73, Princeton University ‘77 and Columbia Business School ‘86 with an MBA in finance.

Bob was a relief pitcher for the San Francisco Giants (1981) and Kansas City Royals (1982-1983), a Wall Street executive, and for the last decade, a professor of business strategy, entrepreneurship and sports management at several New York universities (including NYU, Manhattanville and, most recently, the Sy Syms School of Business at Yeshiva University where he was honored with the Lilian F. and William L. Silber Professor of the Year Award for 2017-2018).

Bob was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma in 2009, and co-founded ‘My Life is Worth It’, a not-for-profit organization that advocates for patient and doctor access and choice in medical treatments and innovation. He became a well-known advocate writing for such publications as the Huffington Post, Washington Enquirer, The Hill and the Journal of the American Medical Association He was the author of a chapter for an ESPN book "Fathers and Daughters and Sports". in addition to numerous major American newspaper. Recently he was a lco-author of an academic study titled “Cost vs. Value and the Price of Innovation in Cancer Care: Oral Anticancer Drugs in Multiple Myeloma, as a Case Study,” which was published by the Goldwater Institute in May 2018. He was the author of a chapter for an ESPN book "Fathers and Daughters and Sports". in addition to numerous major American newspapers. A descendant if Elizabeth Morse, one of the first women in the colonies unjustly convicted of witchcraft, he always championed the underdog.

He is survived by his wife, Suzanne; daughter, Abigail; mother, Barbara siblings William III and Sandra Tufts Fullerton and many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins, teammates, students and friends.

Family, friends, and others whose lives Bob touched are invited to the funeral, which will be held on Thursday, Oct. 10 at Noon, at The Riverside 76th Street at Amsterdam Ave New York, NY,


  • Funeral Service Thursday, October 10, 2019
  • Committal Service Thursday, October 10, 2019

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