Who is Bob Kelly?
Well, I am the incoming Senior Warden (duh!) but I want to tell you a little about myself.
I was born and reared in New Your City just after the end of WWII. My family and I lived in Washington Heights (way before Lin Manuel Miranda). My father was a longshoreman (though he looked like a banker) and my mother was a legal secretary (though she looked to me like a mom). I have a brother six years my junior who lives in Arizona (go figure). I attended Regis High School (Jesuit), Manhattan College (CBA brothers), and Stanford University (sui generis). I received Electrical Engineering degrees from the latter institutions. I joined Bell Laboratories and worked there and at the larger AT&T for 31 years be fore embarking on an encore career teaching and researching at Monmouth University and Stevens Institute of Technology.
As many of you know my beloved wife Annemarie passed away in August 2012. My daughter, Kristen, lives, along with her husband Scott (Kormann), with me (bittersweet). My Shrewsbury home now also has 5 bunnies and 1 cat.
As you can surmise, I was raised a Roman Catholic – altar boy (when you had to pay dues to be one!), etc., etc. After falling away from the RC church, I became an Episcopalian in the mid – 1970s partly to provide my daughter with religious education of a thoughtful, yet traditional, so that she could reject it later on (and read James Joyce and have a chance to understand it).
I joined Christ Church Shrewsbury in 1979 and have been a member since. I served in the choir for 35 years. I became more active in parish affairs beginning with the search committees to find our new, and current Rector. Subsequently, I chaired the committee that selected our new (and current) organist / choirmaster, was senior and junior warden, vestry member, parish historian, Graveyard Commission Chair, grant writer, and project manager of numerous grant projects.
I very much look forward to serving the parish for this term as senior warden and would like to hear from you about your view of the parish and what it does well and what it can improve upon. Please buttonhole me at coffee hour or give me a call or drop me an e – mail. (No texts!)
Robert M. Kelly, Jr.
P.S. The AMDG is a little research opportunity
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I believe that Robert is a member of the Class of 1967.
McEneney, Mike (MC1953)
[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]
Kelly, Robert M. Jr. [MC1967]
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