My friend Bob Newton died 10 years ago today.
He was a smart man, valedictorian or salutatorian of the class of 1980 at
Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk High School,
1984 graduate of
the U. S. Naval Academy,
and a professional
Bob was a musican, too. He played the clarinet.
I met Bob when we were in high school. We must have met while on the
Stratton Mountain Scout Reservation,
a summer camp of the
Governor Clinton Council, which served the Scouts of Albany, Schenectady, and Troy, NY.
Later, along with our friend
we led the Albany county area district of Nimat Lodge 181 of the
Order of the Arrow.
was part of our cabal, too, I seem to recall. We were all camp staff in those days.
One of the things I remember about Bob from our camp staff days is
that every Sunday he would buy
The New York Times.
He would spend the
rest of the week reading every article. He was probably the best
informed member of the camp staff.
There is a memorial fund for Bob. It's the Uline-Newton
Memorial Fund and it's administered by Twin Rivers Council. The
"Uline" in the name is Jeff Uline, another deceased Scout.