|Birth: ||Jul. 18, 1924|
|Death: ||Nov. 4, 2002|
OBITUARY - Plain Dealer, Wabash (IN) - Wednesday, November 6, 2002
FORT WAYNE--Robert D. "Bob" McPherson, 78, Wabash, died at 7:50 a.m. Monday, Nov. 4, 2002, at Parkview Hospital.
He was born on July 18, 1924, in Syracuse, to D.A. and Frances (Craft) McPherson.
Upon graduation from high school, Robert attended Butler University, the University of Wisconsin, and graduated from DePauw University with an A.B. in Romance Languages. He taught French and Spanish mainly in private schools in Wisconsin, Missouri, Pennsylvania, and Massachusetts. Interspersed with teaching was a year of working as "au Consulat General de France de Chicago"; a travel consultant for the Public Service Travel Division of the Chicago Tribune, a year as secretary to a durum salesman who covered Latin America; and a year a the William Findlay Gallery in the Sheraton Hotel. While in Chicago, he affiliated with the Uptown Players, a sub-professional group that gave a monthly play at the eleventh Street Theatre (just off south Michigan Avenue); along with club-date performances for special organizations in various cities of northern Illinois. This experience led to a stint in summer stock with the Broadway Players Company in McLean, Virginia, in the summer of 1950. Having always wished to live in New York City, he went the the Big Apple where he started working as a coder of subscription labels. Two months in that job and on to an order department job of six months followed by another six months of cost accounting with the same company. Then he found his most interesting position as executive assistant to Lois Kenyon Shaw, the Founder-President of "Portraits, Inc." This gallery commissioned 200 of the foremost portrait painters - American, British, and French - for their clientele. He spent nearly eight years in that position. After the demise of Mrs. Shaw, Robert attended a summer quarter at Stanford University, where he took refresher courses in French and Spanish. Then he returned to Indiana where he taught in Logansport and Marion. For three summers, he continued graduate study in French and Spanish at the University of Texas in Austin. During this period, he did genealogical research for himself in the Texas State Archives. This eventually led to his position at the Wabash County Historical Museum and his membership in six heredity lineage societies: Sons of the American Revolution, Society of Indiana Pioneers, Descendants of Washington's Army at Valley Forge, Descendants of Founders of New Jersey, Sons of Colonial New England, and The International Society of the Descendants of Charlemagne. He was a member of the Wabash County Historical Society.
The body will be cremated and #internment will be at a later date at Falls Cemetery. There is no visitation. Preferred memorials to the Wabash County Historical Museum. The Grandstaff-Hentgen Funeral Service is in charge of arrangements.
Frances Sarah Craft McPherson (1897 - 1985)
Plot: Sec D, lot 67, sp 2
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