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April 10, 1926 March 28, 2018
Bob was born April 10, 1926 in the Ridgewood section of Brooklyn, N.Y. to Ida Josephine Schubert and William Sylvester Rauth. He died quietly at his home on Wednesday, March 28, 2018 in the arms of his loving wife Adele.
Bob graduated from Brooklyn Tech in 1944 and earned his Bachelor degree in Electrical Engineering from Manhattan College in 1951; retired from RCA in 1985 and moved to Virginia. He served with the United States Navy during World War II on Adak in the Aleutian Islands.
The event of Vatican Council 11 (1962-65) was a catalyst for Bob and fueled his peace and justice activism for the rest of his life. He was inspired, in 1990 to go to the impoverished country of Haiti, which he always said was a life changing experience. He learned Haitian Kreyol, is today beloved by the people, and because of speaking out, often prophetically, earned the nickname “Advocacy Bob.”
He has been involved in many peace actions throughout the United States and was especially proud of being arrested in 1995 at the Nevada Nuclear Test Site for nonviolent conscientious objection to war and nuclear weapons. By this time, the team of Bob and Adele were known for such adventures. Activism, sparked by love, was the hallmark of their marriage.
Bob was preceded in death by his wife Sally; his son, Ken; and his brother, Ed. Bob is survived by his wife Adele; his daughter, Karyn Teeter; his sister, Trudy Taylor; daughter-in-law, Diana Rauth; five grandchildren; three great-grandchildren and numerous cousins.
Bob’s passion to put those who suffer globally at the top of his priorities was never at the expense of devotion to his family. His practice was to call each family member every single week. He simply embraced the world with his vision for peace. He had a great sense of humor and was deeply loved by many. There will never be another like Bob. Bob was a faithful member of Resurrection Church where he will be remembered for founding the parish Haiti Mission.
A celebration of his life will be held Tuesday, April 3, 2018 at Resurrection Catholic Church, Moneta, Visitation will be at 10 a.m. followed by a Mass presided by Msgr. Joe Lehman at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers checks may be written to Resurrection for the mission supported by Bob in Haiti, SAKALA (www.sakala-haiti.org). Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, (540) 586-7360.
Rauth, Robert [MC1951 RIP]
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Colon, Philip J. (MC1962) added this request to his prayer circle.
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