By Stewart A. Hinckley
ACOP Executive Director
Robert J. Specht
As many of you know, Bob Specht passed away on March 9, following a lengthy illness. Thank you for your many thoughts and prayers for Bob and his family.
Bob worked for the ACOP for 14 years. He served as the ACOP’s Association Manager from 2004 to 2011 when it became apparent that travel was taking a toll on his health. Bob was very grateful when we then created a special position for him to continue serving the College as Senior Administrator, a position that would not require travel. He would be working under the ACOP’s new Association Manager, Kim Battle.
Bob loved coming to work each day. He was always the first one to arrive at the office. Bob made the coffee, cleared off the fax machine and sorted the mail. Bob loved work, in large part, because of all of you. Even though he could no longer travel to meetings, he loved talking with you on the phone, emailing you, and he was incredibly devoted to the ACOP.
Bob had a military background prior to joining Ruggles, having served three tours in Vietnam. Everything was by the book and well organized, and he was classic old school. It wasn’t until maybe two years ago that Bob was willing to give up the typewriter on his credenza. Although he did his work on a laptop, his fellow staff members would occasionally catch Bob typing a label or envelope on that typewriter and, of course, Bob expected to be given a hard time about that typewriter. Then the day came when Bob agreed to put the typewriter in the dumpster.
In conclusion, Bob had three families. He had his relatives in Ohio, he had his Ruggles family, and he definitely had his ACOP family… all of you. Thank you for enriching his life for so long.