With deep sadness we regretfully announce the passing of Bob Lichter on Saturday March 31, 2018.
Bob and his wife, Diane, have been full-time Alford residents since their move here in 2005. Bob was among the initial volunteers on the Alford Broadband Committee, on which he has served continuously since its inception in 2006. A native Bay Stater, he received his A.B. from Harvard University and his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin Madison, both in chemistry. Before his retirement in 2002, he had a >30-year career in academia, first as a chemistry faculty member for 13 years at New York City’s Hunter College of CUNY, where he was also department chair; then a program officer at Research Corporation for Scientific Advancement, a private science foundation; then a VP at SUNY Stony Brook; and ending as the head of the NY City-based Camille & Henry Dreyfus Foundation, also for 13 years, creating and administering programs that yielded ca. $5 million in grants annually for science education and research. He has served on and chaired a number of not-for-profit boards and committees, including the committee that oversees the half-billion dollar annual budget of the American Chemical Society. Bob has received a number of national awards and honors for his work. He now consults occasionally on science-related proposal and program development, and on science education and policy. Locally, Bob enjoys hiking with the Silver Scramblers, and choral music singing, in which he has been engaged for more than 50 years. Bob is committed to reaching the goal of fiber-based Internet connectivity to every premise in Alford.