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Dr. Robert (Bob) Fairweather


Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Grantham, N.H. — Dr. Robert (Bob) Fairweather, 74, left this world Friday, Oct. 21, 2016, on his own terms.

Bob was born in Philadelphia, Pa. on Dec. 5 1941. He was the son of Wallace and Madeline Fairweather.

After graduating with a BS in Chemistry from Lehigh University in 1963 he went onto earn his PhD in chemistry from Columbia University in 1967 and finished a research fellowship at Perdu in 1968. Bob taught organic chemistry at the University of Connecticut where he was a tenured professor. In 1979 at the age of 38 Bob entered medical school and from there finished a very successful career as a clinical pathologist at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center. At the same time Bob and his wife, Gretchen owned the Half Penny Inn in West Hartford, Vt. He retired from Dartmouth in 2006.

In his younger years Bob was an avid soccer player and continued to follow international soccer. In retirement he was able to pursue his true passions of golf and skiing. Always willing to help his community he volunteered with a number of organizations; AARP tax trainer and preparer, Commissioner for the Village District of Eastman and most recently an escort at DHMC.

He was an active member in the arts singing with the Handel Society, Thetford Chamber Singers, Eastmanaires and the Kearsarge Chorale; he also served on the Opera North Board of Directors. During a sabbatical at the Cambridge University in England, besides doing research he took classical guitar lessons which became a life-long pursuit.

Bob leaves behind his Beloved wife of 52 years, Gretchen Fairweather; two daughters, Christine Cecchetti, and Rebecca Fairweather Fors; his sons-in-law, Rick Cecchetti, and Chris Fors; as well as his much loved grandchildren, Andrew and Sophia Fors.

There will be a celebration of Bob’s life on Nov. 6, 2016, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Center at Eastman. In Lieu of flowers the family would appreciate donations made to The Haven or the Good Neighbor Health Clinic/Red Logan dental clinic. An online guest book is available to leave a message of condolence for Bob’s family by visiting www.rickerfuneralhome.com.