In Memory

Rob Malmi

Rob Malmi

Rob Malmi passed away on August 25, 2015, at age 64. He lived in Red Bank, New Jersey. Rob is survived by his wife Sue and two sons Eric and Nicholas. He is also survived by his sister Carol Malmi. Rob went to Ashburton ES, and North Bethesda Jr. High before Walter Johnson.  He played varsity football in high school.  After WJ, Rob attended Miami University of Ohio, Northwestern University, and served on the faculty at SUNY Binghamton. Rob worked as a Systems Engineer at AT&T for 28 years in Middletown, New Jersey. According to his obituary, Rob had passions for both reading and photography.

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04/23/19 11:49 AM #1    

Tom Snyder

As many have noted, it is always sad to see news of another classmate who passed.  In the case of Bob, I was particularly moved to read that sad news.  Bob and I shared an incredibly number of hilarious moments in high school.  To this day, I think of Bob as one of the funniest, wittiest people I have ever known.  Though we did not keep up contact long after graduation, he will forever have a warm spot in my memory.  Rest in peace my brother.

04/24/19 10:33 AM #2    

Richard Tipton (Lear)

I remember Rob as a knowing  individual. Someone who had already taken a peek at the next scene. He had a delightfully dry sense of humor, which he variously punctuated with that wry smile. Rob was the human version of a cheshire cat.  He was also an athlete. He played a mean third base summers of '61 and '62 at Ashburton recreation center. I remember Rob as a noble being - a welcomed guest of our chaotic planet.  I hope he comes back soon. 

04/25/19 12:02 AM #3    

Robert Kunzendorf

I am saddened to learn of Rob's death.  He was a very close friend and a very good friend.  As neighbors in the Ashburton area, we played a lot of pick-up basketball together during junior and senior high school, and we came to know each other's parents reasonably well.  At WJ, we played on the football team together.  During our colleges' summer vacations, we worked construction together.  In our respective grad schools, we both earned doctoral degrees in experimental psychology, and we always made a point of getting together whenever we returned to Maryland at the same time.  Before Rob and I started our academic jobs, Liz and I went to Rob and Sue's wedding in Chicago.  And after Rob left academia and came to Boston to work for Sprint, we got together for lunch once a month.  But after Rob and Sue moved to New Jersey for Rob's job at Bell Labs, both of us had kids, and our communications were limited to holiday cards and a few phone calls. 

Rob's view of life was rather sardonic and, throughout our friendship, he never shied away from countering my more optimistic view.  Indeed, Rob was the one friend on whom I could always rely to keep me grounded, especially when we talked about philosophy and religion and the future.  To my surprise, the last time I called Rob, it seemed that our views on life had come full circle, and he had become the religious optimist, I the atheistic realist.  I wish that we had conversed in depth about our changes in outlook, but neither a telephone call nor a holiday card was the right medium for such a conversation.  For a time, we continued to exchange cards, which left too much unsaid; then, we fell out of touch.

Rob was a unique friend and an important friend, who left his imprint on my life.  I am truly saddened to learn of his death.

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