I was Bob's roommate at Mass Maritime Academy 1975-77. We were both just 17yrs old.
He was the most likeable person I ever met, indeed a gentle soul even in trying times. I don't remember ever seeing him angry.
Bob was the starting Center on the football team, and DH on the baseball team.
In 1977 he(we) broke his arm - he had a .750 batting ave and 4 hrs in the first 4 games.
The best students could never top his grades in Calculus, and he studied little. He had a easy time pursuing an Electrical Engineering degree.
Bob also led the school in demerits - probably still holds the record. He spent much of his time restricted to the military campus. So, if you never seen him come home from school then, now you know why.
We both had a miserable time and resigned.
We lost touch for almost 40 yrs but continued to search for each other.
Finally about 10 yrs ago we connected, I was able to visit in 2015 and spend hours at his fire pit. By then he was sickly, but it seemed as though we were never apart.
Bob was much more than a good friend, more of a soul mate. I miss him dearly.