Robert Dwight Bair

August 10, 1930March 23, 2013

Robert Dwight Bair, of Old Lyme, CT and formerly of Rowayton, CT, died on March 23, 2013.

He was born on August 10, 1930, in York, PA, the son of Charles Dwight Bair and Mabel Robertson Bair.

Mr. Bair graduated from West York High School in 1948 and served as a United States Navy Submariner from 1948-1952. He served aboard the USS Sablefish, and the USS Atule.

Following his naval service he graduated from Pennsylvania State University, Class of 1956. While at Penn State, he was a member of Delta Upsilon, and the track team where he was a record breaking hammer thrower.

From 1956-1986, he was a senior marketing and advertising executive at Landon Associates in New York City. During his retirement, he worked part time as inspector for the US Army Corps of Engineers.

Mr. Bair was a licensed USCG Captain and was very active with the Power Squadron. He was Past Commander of Rowayton and Old Saybrook Power Squadrons and was a chairman and Past Rear Commander of US Power Squadron. He was also Past President of the New York Chapter of NASA, Past Commodore of the Rowayton Yacht Club, Lifetime Honorary Member and Boatsman of the Year at the Old Greenwich Yacht Club, and a member of the Sons of the American Revolution, the US Submarine Vets and Holland Club.

He is survived by his wife Barbara Ann Blaney Bair, who he married in 1952; his four sons, Michael Dwight Bair and his wife Britt of Darien, CT; Steven Charles Bair and his wife Lisa of Portola Valley, CA; Thomas Jeffery Bair and his wife Dorene of Centerport, NY and John David Bair and his wife Corinne of E. Norwalk, CT; his sister Joan Bair Sutton of Wallace, NC; and his grandchildren Alexandra, Jack, Annie, Ryan, Lily and Charlie.

A celebration of life will be held at a later date which will be announced. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions in his memory may be made to the Robert and Barbara Bair Trustee Scholarship, Kathie Alterio at 814-865-0594 or they can make a check payable to "The Pennsylvania State University", and mail to Kathie Alterio, College of Liberal Arts, 139 Sparks Building, University Park, PA 16802. To sign the on line guest book visit


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John Bair

April 24, 2015

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Tom Phillips

March 5, 2014

I just learned of Bob's death today and am very sorry that I never kept in touch with Bob after my days at Landon Associates. He gave me my first job at Landon as a favor to my Dad and was just a wonderful person to work with and for. I have spent the last 30 years working for the Philadelphia Inquirer and could not have even gotten the job here without Bob's guidance and help in my first job. He was a wonderful person.

I will remember him at Mass on a weekly basis and pray for you and your family.

Cathi Desmarais

April 13, 2013

Dear Barbara, John, and Corinne, please accept my deepest sympathy. I am so very sorry to hear of Bob's passing.
With warmest regards from your cousin and family,

April 4, 2013

Dear Barbara,

Thank you for speaking with me today about Bob, and for your kind words during this time of intense grief. I want to say once again how much I enjoyed all of my visits with Bob, to thank you for our friendship, and to wish for lessening of your grief as soon as time and memory will permit. Knowing the two of you I can readily imagine the love and support of your friends and family, but if you can think of anything I can help with I'm a phone call away. And remember 6 PM sharp!

Dr. Doug Smith

April 2, 2013

Barbara, please accept my sympathy on your loss. My thoughts are with you at this sad time. Fondly Julia

Richard Porter

April 1, 2013

Dear Barbara and Family,

It's been many years since we were all neighbors on Westgate Drive, but I have fond memories or those times. I recall Bob as a warm and humorous man who enjoyed his friends and neighbors. My late parents and brother would have wanted to extend their condolences along with mine.

Anne and Arnie Lisio

March 31, 2013

Dear Barbara, Mike,Steve,Tom and John and all your families,
Arnie and I, Philip and Mary send you love and sympathy on your loss. Bob and all the Bairs were an important part of our lives in Rowayton. He was so proud of his family. You will miss him so much. We are thinking of you. Anne and Arnie Lisio and family

March 30, 2013

To Michael and his family and from all of us at GENALYTIX, we send our prayers at this difficult time of loss with our heartfelt thanks to a father and husband we did not know who served his family and country and certainly left a legacy of memories and pride that will be celebrated as the years progress. We leave the following sentiments and again our condolences.

"Do not stand at my memorial and weep, I am not there, I do not sleep. I am a thousand winds that blow, I am the softly falling snow. I am the gentle showers of rain, I am the fields of ripening grain. I am in the morning hush, I am in the graceful rush of far-off birds in circling flight. I am the star shine of the night.
I am in every flower that blooms, I am in still and empty rooms. I am the child that yearns to sing, I am in every lovely thing. Do not stand at my memorial and cry, I am not there - I did not die. Attributed to Mary Elizabeth Frye (1905-2004) The GENALYTIX Family.

Steven Garcia

March 29, 2013

Hi Steve, I didn't know your dad but he sounds like he was a great father, husband, and friend. Please keep his memories in your heart. Use whatever he taught you to life to keep his memory alive. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Please try and find comfort in knowing he was a great man.

March 29, 2013

We are sorry to hear of your loss Barbara, Georgine, & family. Our prayers & love go with you, Judy & Henry La Rose & family.