YARMOUTHPORT - Robert Spohn died at Cape Cod Hospital on Tuesday morning, January 9, 2018, with his longtime companion Kathy Jansen by his side. He had been a resident of Yarmouthport for the last eighteen years, having retired from Falls Village, CT.
Bob was Professor Emeritus and former chairman of the Business Department at Northwestern Connecticut Community College, where he taught for over thirty years. He had a larger-than-life personality, and was considered one of the most popular professors at the College. He kept in touch with many of his former students, and many visited him at his Cape Cod home after his retirement. Prior to his teaching career, he was a junior executive with Exxon, and then AT&T.
Bob grew up in Wycof, NJ and graduated from Ramsey High School. He received a baseball scholarship to Colgate University, where he majored in economics and also owned a small vending cart, where he sold hamburgers at sporting events to help pay college expenses. He later earned an MBA from University of Connecticut.
He was co-author with Robert Y. Allen of two college marketing textbooks which were adopted in over 100 colleges and universities in the U.S. International editions were adopted in universities in several foreign countries. In 2017, he completed and published an autobiography titled “Seven Webfoot Way.” He also was author of numerous articles on business and art.
Bob had many diverse interests including golf, baseball, and antique collecting. But his passion in more recent years was collecting art. He assembled an outstanding collection of early twentieth century Cape Cod artists. He donated much of this collection to the Cape Cod Museum of Art, where a special Robert Spohn exhibition and reception was held shortly before his death. He also served as a docent at the Cape Museum and at the Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford, CT.
He is survived by his son Michael Spohn (Sandy) of Norwalk, CT, his daughter Kate Spohn of Yonkers, NY, his grandson Aiden Spohn, and his loving companion Kathy Jansen.
Those who wish, may make a donation to the Cape Cod Museum of Art, P.O. Box 2034, Dennis, MA 02638.
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