Robert Edwin Montz III

July 13, 1948March 23, 2020

Robert Edwin Montz was born on July 13, 1948 and passed away on March 23, 2020.


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Robert Edwin Montz III

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Katarina Vukasinovic

April 7, 2020

My favorite memory of Robert is probably all the times we sat in the office talking about his students. Robert wasn't much of a talker, and he usually carried himself in a very self-composed and succinct manner, but when he would talk about his students, he would turn into a completely different person. His eyes would get brighter and he could always find a different word to describe each and every one of his students. My most favorite memory is the day when Robert asked me if he could send postcards to his students. It was a holiday season, and there were a few in his class he hadn't heard from and who were not answering his calls. So, he decided to send his whole class holiday postcards and invite them back to class in the new year. It was such a loving and original way to reach out that I definitely could not say no to. Hope this wall serves as a postcard of what he meant to the team.

Melanie Fisk

April 7, 2020

I vividly remember my first experience meeting Robert. We were at a team building event and he was just sitting back watching, but not participating. I was new to the team, so went over to see if there was anything wrong. For the next 20 minutes he went from a frown to a smile as he talked about his students. His passion for teaching and for helping his students radiated in his shining eyes. That time with him never left my heart. You could count on Robert to tell you exactly how he felt about a something, especially if he didn’t approve! You could also count on him to show up for his students, every time. I consider myself lucky to have been gifted Robert’s grin more than a time or two. He will be missed by many!

Maria Torres

April 4, 2020

Saddened to hear the news of Mr. Montz passing. A sharp man that devoted his time to teaching and when least expected would do small actions that never went unnoticed.

My condolences to his family.

Elizabeth Jasso

April 4, 2020

Mr. Montz was an exceptional human being, he was our Executive Director at Kaplan College in Brownsville, Texas. When I interviewed with him I was awed by his style of professionalism. I am honored to have worked with Mr. Montz he was a great mentor and someone that always inspired me to be my best. He will truly be missed.

Angelica Hernandez

April 3, 2020

Mr. Robert was very kind. A gentleman. I loved the way his humor was, acidly funny.
In the occasions when he covered my class when I was absent, my students used to tell me that they were so scared, because he was very strict with them. I always told them that he was a very good person, but needed to be strict otherwise they could not learn.
It was so sad for me when I heard the news of his passing, but I know he is making somebody else smile in another better place, with his unique sense of humor.


April 3, 2020

From: Mark Gillum

I WILL MISS Mr. Robert Montz who always shared his wisdom!!!
He never called me Mark but the term BUDDY!!!

Jennifer Bell

April 3, 2020

I will miss Robert greatly. Most of us know that he was deeply committed to his students; what might be less obvious is how deeply he cared for Adult Ed staff.

For me, he felt like a grandfather. He passed down his wisdom and experience. He was always the one to remind me to "not work too hard." He surprised us with tokens of appreciation when we least expected it. I liked that he was direct and said what he thought. He had strong convictions about his role as a teacher, but he would be the first to apologize if he thought he'd been too stubborn.

He was an excellent teacher and a wonderful man. I will truly miss him. Rest in peace, Robert.

Maxine Stefano

April 3, 2020

I will miss Robert's wry sense of humor and sharp wit, but most of all, I think of him as supremely dedicated to empowering his students. Remembering his quiet and unwavering commitment makes me a better teacher, and I'm grateful for the lessons.

BakerRipley AdultEd

April 3, 2020

The BakerRipley Adult Education family and our community was saddened to learn of the illness and death of Robert Montz. Robert was devoted to teaching English as a Second Language. He often expressed his admiration for the neighbors he taught and what an honor it was to have their trust. Robert impacted so many lives, yet teaching simply brought him joy.
It seems especially difficult to experience this loss apart from one another, but we are grateful to celebrate the life of our wonderful colleague with you all here.