Home Theater Forum first-time member, long-term Moderator, everlasting friend.
It is with great sadness that Home Theater Forum announces the passing of one of our own.
Founding member and long-time moderator Dr. Robert A. Fowkes, Jr. died this past Friday at the age of 69 from pancreatic cancer.
RAF was a beloved figure here at HTF: a regular presence at HTF meets and media expos, always on the cutting-edge of home electronics and the latest gadgets.
His wit and friendly nature were pervasive as he reviewed the latest in technological gear, ran numerous member contests for such programs as American Idol and Survivor, and freely offered up his technical expertise to all of us with his posting and in-depth articles.
RAF leaves behind a family of which he often spoke lovingly, and a forum membership which will be lesser in his absence. We will miss him and offer our condolences to his family.
Here is a copy of the official obituary:
Dr. Robert A. Fowkes, Jr., a resident of Ossining, died Friday, September 30, 2011 at his home.
Bob was born in Yonkers on July 20, 1942 and was the son of the late Robert A., Sr. and Angela Vescio Fowkes. He was 69.
Bob received his Bachelor of Science in June of 1964 and a Master of Arts in Education in June of 1965 from NYU. He received his Doctor of Education from Fordham University in 1990. Bob was a well-loved and admired Chemistry teacher at Yonkers High School for over 20 years and later the Coordinator of Computer Technology for the Yonkers Public Schools until his retirement. An early adopter of technology, Bob conducted research at Montana State University on computers beginning in the mid-1970's. He was instrumental in bringing computer technology into the classroom in the Yonkers Public Schools. A lifelong media enthusiast, Bob was most recently a moderator for the Home Theater Forum.
Bob was predeceased by his wife, Therese, and is survived by his children, Elizabeth Santucci (John) and David (Rochelle), five grandchildren, Angela, Robert, and Daniel Fowkes, and Catherine and John Santucci, his longtime companion, Sandra Cuttitto, and his brothers Richard (Floran) and William, four nieces, Jillian and Sloane, and Laura and Julia Fowkes.
Visiting hours will be held on Tuesday from 2-4 and 7-9 pm. Services will be held on Wednesday at 11:30am at Dorsey Funeral Home. The interment will follow at St. Augustine Cemetery, Ossining.
In lieu of flowers, family and friends are making donations in Bob's name to VNA & Hospice Care Foundation of Hudson Valley, 540 White Plains Road, Suite 300, Tarrytown, NY, 10591. Dorsey Duneral Home, Inc.
14 Emwilton Place
Ossining, N Y 10562