A Farewell to Bob Kirk
Bob Kirk, a noted historian and author and known to us as a long time World Affairs Council member, leader and good friend, has passed away. For some 20 years Bob served our Council with distinction, brought great experience and wisdom to all of us, and led our Council as President for 4 terms-a time after which he was known as “President for life” for his longtime directing of the Board. As President or as a Director on the Board Bob was always listened to and he always listened to others-the hallmark of a leader.
Bob and his wonderful wife, Barbara, were world travelers. So much so that after dozens of cruises, many of which were to French Polynesia, he assumed the nickname “Bora Bora Bob”. His lectures on these cruises enlightened other travelers to the beauty and history of that area and its peoples. Bob always wanted to share his knowledge and make the world a better place by teaching others.
Always noted for his sense of humor, at a meeting of the Board at my house which he found difficult to get to since it is way out in the country, he dryly asked when searching for the bathroom whether I had indoor plumbing! With his quick wit he had a way of putting a smile on people’s faces and making our jobs more fun.
While Bob is probably setting up shop to teach history and make many new friends in his new place he will be sorely missed at the World Affairs Council and his seat on the Board will be difficult to fill. He will be fondly remembered for a long time.
I and all the members of the Board of Directors and all who make up our World Affairs Council family extend our condolences to Barbara and wish her all the best and great strength in this difficult time. She knows full well what a great man Bob was and what a great life they had together.
A Memorial Service will be held for Bob on October 11 at 2:00 p.m. at the Quail Inn in Oakmont. All are welcome to attend.