Eulogy for
Roberts F. Brock

Presented by Jim Bodenmiller
Given at Rotary Club June 9, 2009

Roberts F. Brock, 85, passed away on May 21, 2009, at Regency Place. Bob was born in Clark Co, and graduated from Silver Creek High School in Sellersburg. He attended IU for two years before serving in the 2nd Armored Division of the Army in WW II, receiving five battle stars, the Unit Presidential Citation and the Belgian Fourragere. After serving his country, he received a master's degree in biochemistry from IU.

Bob had a 40 year career in marketing with E.R.Squibb & Sons where he received several Gogetter Awrds, and was a member of Squibb's Hakeem Honor Society. As a successful entrepeneur he was the owner of the Pack Rat Antique Shop in downtown Lafayette for 25 years while still working at Squibb and after retiring.

Bob was a true community servant and a leader as demonstrated by the number of organizations he served and the numerous leadership position he held. I first met Bob when I served on the selection committee for the C of C Marquis de Lafayette Awards and was impressed by how organized he was. He always listened carefully to ideas from all participants and there was no doubt he was a man of action. Highly motivated Bob was ready to identify challenges and pursue the solutions to a successful conclusion.

He was an active member of the Tippecanoe Co Antique Assn, where he was president; President of the YMCA during the time it moved form downtown to the S 18th st Location; president of the Optimist club, past commissioner of the Boy Scouts; a member of the Salvation Army Board; president of Lafayette City Health Board, a life member and board member of the Tippecanoe Co Historical Ass; president and organizer of American Field Service Foreign Student program at Jeff HS; a member and VP of Friendship House Board from its inception to 2005; president of the Laf Symphony Foundation Board and a member of the LSO Board; a member of the Long Center for the Performing Arts Board and the Laf Parks Commission; Member of the Rotary board of directors; a life member of the BPO Elks Club, LCC, American Legion And Indiana Alumni Club, a 30year member of the John Purdue Club, and a member Of the C of C and Trustee of Federated Church of West Lafayette.

Bob among his many other accomplishments wrote a column for the J&C called Antique Connections and spoke to groups on the subject as well as attending national seminars and continuing education. He was instrumental in securing the Camp Treece property and developing it into Camp Straight Arrow. Brock Lake and Brock Lane carry his name in recognition of his contribution to the organization. He also served as a trustee and member of that Foundation Board. Bob also served as president of the Stars and Stripes annual event celebrating the 4th of July at Slayter Center. Special awards received by Bob included the Sagamore of the Wabash, Marquis de Lafayette award in 2000 and the Grand Marquis de Lafayette for a life time Achievement of community service.

Bob's failing health and the inability to physically handle the active life he was used to was a challenge for him; however, with his many accomplishments through the years he leaves a legacy to be admired and an inspiration for us all.

Bob is survived by his wife, Valerie Jean, and four children, Thomas (wife Jan) of Onalaska,Wis; Peggy- Brock Santos (husband,Ed) of Hayden Id,; Robert, Bob ( wife, Amy) of Austin, Tx; and Jane Brock-Wilson of Wellesley, Mass; two step children, Sean McAllster (wife, Shelley) of Columbus,IN; and Scott McAllster (wife, Lisa) of Schererville.

Please observe with me a few moments of silence in memory of our friend and fellow Rotarian - Roberts Brock

Jim Bodenmiller