JOBIT: Otten, Robert P. ‘Bob’ [MC1955 RIP] 2019-Aug-30


Good Morning All,

This Morning, Marianne Reilly shared the very sad news of the death of Bob Otten. Marianne heard from Rebecca, Bob’s Wife, earlier today. Bob was called home peacefully last night, August 30, 2019.

As I said a few weeks ago, when with Bob, I knew I was in the presence of a good man. It was a feeling shared by many others. Bob was a man great of love, compassion, giving, stature and accomplishment. A proud Jasper and Friend of the College. Bob did what he did in helping others and he did it quietly without fanfare and surely not expecting accolades. Bob will be missed by so many. He was a friend to many of us.

Per Bob’s request, there will be no visiting hours or Service. Interment will be at a later date in Camden, Maine where Bob and Rebecca met and Married. We pray for the repose of the soul of this good man, we pray for Rebecca, their Children Barbara, Christine, Robert, Derek, Justin and their Family and Friends as they mourn the loss of their loved one. Thank you Marianne.

Thank you all. God Bless.

Colon, Philip J. (MC1962)

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Dear Phil,

Thanks for sending. Your description of him is right on. Just a few weeks ago when Bob called to say goodbye, he conveyed the fact that he knew his life on this earth was near but that he had no regrets and did not fear death. A truly great and generous man who will be missed by many.

May He Rest In Peace!


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

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Otten, Robert P. ‘Bob’ [MC1955 RIP]

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Robert P. Otten
Worked at Reader’s Digest
August 31, 2019

MIDDLEBURY – Robert (Bob) Peter Otten Sr., 85, passed away Aug. 30, 2019, after long illnesses.

He was born Sept. 4, 1933, in Glendale, Queens, N.Y., to Albert and Barbara (Greenfelder) Otten. Bob was a graduate of Lasalle Academy in New York City, and Manhattan College in Bronx, N.Y., in 1955 majoring in math/physics. He was a recipient of a basketball scholarship when Manhattan’s home court was Madison Square Garden. He was elected to Manhattan College’s Athletic Hall of Fame in 2002.

After graduation, a position at Remington Rand and Consolidated Edison allowed Bob to be one of the first employees to work with the original UNIVAC computers, the world’s first totally electronic computer.

Returning to the New York area from Boston, he was employed at Reader’s Digest in Pleasantville for 27 years in various executive positions in computers, and as vice president of corporate distribution working with the United States Postal Commission. Bob traveled extensively for the Digest. He retired in 1986, but continued as a consultant. He spent his retirement years with basketball, coaching, golf (including a coveted hole-in-one) and sailing. Bob lived in South Salem and Katonah, N.Y., for 47 years, before moving to Middlebury in 2006.
Robert P. Otten

On Sept. 3, 1955, Bob married Loisclaire Scofield of Katonah, N.Y. She predeceased him on Sept. 29, 1979. Also predeceasing him were his parents, a brother, Albert and his wife, Frances, and their son, Albert Jr., and a sister-in-law, Sherryl Waterman.

On Oct. 10, 1981, Bob married Rebecca Rich Waterman in Camden, Maine. She survives him as do daughters Barbara of New York City, and Christine (Allan) of Tampa, Fla.; sons Robert P. Jr. of Windham, N.Y., Derek of Binghamton, N.Y., and Justin (Danielle) of Lansing, Mich; and 12 grandchildren, Kelcey, Hannah, Quinn, Charlotte, Connor, Olivia, Jordan, Mallory, Emma, Sadie, Ella and Maddalyn. He is also survived by three nieces, seven nephews, a brother-in-law, Robert Waterman, and a sister-in-law, Sarah (John) Crockett.

There will be no services. Burial will be in Camden, Maine, at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to: Bob Otten Scholarship Fund, c/o Manhattan College, 4513 Manhattan College Parkway, Riverdale, NY 10471; or a charity of your choice.

To leave an online condolence, please visit

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