The Marching Hundred Alumni Band has lost a good friend. Bob Watt, 60-Year-Man and faithful Homecoming attendee, died in Bloomington on Thursday, December 21, 2006, at the age of 79. Bob was a trumpeter who started with the Marching Hundred in 1946, receiving his degree from IU in 1950, and was awarded the 60-Year-Man award at this year’s Homecoming. Bob was also the 1989 recipient of the Newell Long Award and Historian of the Marching Hundred Alumni Council Board. He will be missed at those meetings of the Board, but most keenly at football Homecoming weekends, where he attended regularly until this year.
If any of you have anecodotes or comments about Bob Watt, please email them to me (Paul Addison) at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will be putting together a page in the Hundred Heritage section of this website, and we would like to use your comments and stories. Thanks!
The following obituary is used by permission of The Herald-Times, Bloomington.
It appeared in the December 24, 2006 issue.
Robert D. Watt, 79
March 21, 1927-Dec. 21 2006
BLOOMINGTON – Robert D. Watt, 79, died Thursday at his residence. Born March 21, 1927, in Monroe County, he was the son of Robert Earl and Martha Gladys Watt. A life-time resident of Bloomington, well-known insurance agent since 1950, and small business owner, he worked at First Insurance Group of Bloomington until his death.
He was among a unique group of Bloomington high school seniors who enlisted for service in the Pacific during World War II and received their diplomas from University High School when they returned in 1946. He returned to Bloomington following his military service, and attended Indiana University, earning a B.S. in Business Administration. His U.S. Navy service continued in the Naval Reserves, and he retired as a Lieutenant Commander in 1971.
Bob was a Christian and life-long member of United Presbyterian Church of Bloomington. He held many administrative posts at the church, most recently Clerk of the Session, and was a long-time choir member. Family members, friends and acquaintances could always rely on Bob for spiritual guidance, advice, and prayer, which he always unselfishly offered.
Bob was a member of many organizations, including the Lions Club of Bloomington, Retired Naval Officers Association, Bloomington Community Band, and the I.U. Marching Hundred Alumni Band. He enjoyed many hobbies, including woodworking, reading, fishing and Civil War history.
A dedicated family man, he is survived by his loving wife of 41 years, Phyllis Hillerman Watt, of Bloomington; his daughter, Judith Watt of Joliet, Ill.; his son, Major Carl Watt, USMC; his beloved grandchildren Natalie and Cara; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents and one son, David R. Watt.
Private funeral services will be held with a public memorial service planned for a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to the Robert Watt Memorial Fund, c/o United Presbyterian Church, 1701 E. Second Street, Bloomington, Indiana 47401. Please contact the church (812-332-1850) for questions regarding the memorial service.
Church and Community Funeral Services is handling the arrangements.