As the current president and director of Fred Hutch, I personally will be forever grateful to Bob for taking me under his wing when I started here three years ago. He was a wonderful friend and mentor to so many of us, and his passing is mourned by all.
He struggled with cancer for many years, but one would never have known it to see him in action. He was such an inspiration in this, as in all things, showing extraordinary strength and courage that matched his wisdom.
Among his many accomplishments as a public health researcher and cancer center leader, one in particular stands out for all of us at the Hutch. Our center’s campus was brought into being under his leadership. Moving Fred Hutch from its original location in Seattle’s First Hill neighborhood to our current home at the south end of Lake Union was one of the most important and momentous decisions in the history of the Hutch.