Robert Charles Gould
November 26, 1920 – February 14, 2020
Robert Charles Gould, 99, of Brewster, Massachusetts, died Friday, February 14th after a brief illness.
Bob was born on November 26, 1920 at his home in Yonkers, New York, to Fannie Howe (Atwood) Gould and Glenn Carlos Gould. His parents were both graduates of the University of Vermont, class of 1900. Bob graduated from Gorton High School in Yonkers, and then enrolled in Princeton University, where he earned an A.B. in English in 1943. He enlisted in the US Army Air Corps the day after the attack on Pearl Harbor in December 1941, and graduated early in order to enter the service, where he trained to be a fighter pilot. Following the war, he married Joan Ann Guilfoy of Riverdale, NY in 1949 in Saranac Lake, NY, where the couple had spent their courtship.
Bob continued his education at St. Lawrence University (1951-53), where he earned a Masters in Guidance and Counseling, followed by a Ph. D in Administration of Higher Education from Boston College (1967).
His career was spent in higher education, first as an Instructor in the English Department at the University of Maine, next as a college administrator at Worcester Junior and Quinsigamond Community colleges, then as a Dean at Babson College in Wellesley, MA for nine years, and finally as Vice President for Academic Affairs at Saint Leo University in Florida. When Bob retired in 1985, he and Joan moved Brewster, MA where they spent 34 happy years. During his retirement, Bob also worked part-time for the Brewster Council on Aging.
Bob and Joan lived and raised their family in Saranac Lake, NY, Orono and Bangor ME, Denver, CO, Walpole, North Brookfield, and Sudbury MA, Saddlebrook, FL and finally Brewster.
Bob was a deeply caring person who devoted his life to helping others through education. His native honesty and strong ethical framework set a lifelong example for his children and grandchildren. He had a deep love of the outdoors, especially Cape Cod and the Adirondacks. He was an accomplished wordsmith, known for his love of crossword puzzles, and was a champion at Scrabble. Bob was also a much sought-after partner for tennis, ping pong, and paddle tennis. Along with his wife, children, grandchildren and friends, he enjoyed hiking, canoeing, cross-country skiing, and walking in the woods with his beloved dog. When his advanced years made those activities no longer possible, he was not only content, but truly fortunate to spend time with his wife Joan—the great love of his life.
He is survived by his wife of 71 years, Joan, presently of Brewster MA, a daughter, Alison, of S. Yarmouth, MA, (born 1955) a son, Christopher, of Knysna, Western Cape, South Africa (born 1952), four grand-daughters: Olivia Gould of Brooklyn, NY, Louisa Gould of Marblehead, MA, and Alodie and Larissa Gould-Wagenaar of Knysna, South Africa, and two daughters-in-law: Bonnie MacDonald of Marblehead, and Lize Wagenaar of Knysna. He was predeceased by two sons, Mark (1953-1978) and Robert (1960-2002).
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