Blog of Talmage 10.2.2004

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Robert F. Newton

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 Boy Scout. 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 staff of 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 Phil Giltner, we led the Albany county area district of Nimat Lodge 181 of the Order of the Arrow. Our friend Peter Wayner 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.

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