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Robert B. Hutchinson ’74

December 10, 2021, in Hanover, Illinois, from cancer.

Robert was born in Los Angeles. His family moved to New Zealand for several years before returning to live first in New Jersey and then in New York City. He graduated from high school in Manhattan, attended Reed, and then graduated from Columbia University with a master’s in geology.

Robert’s true passion was the outdoors, and he was never without hiking boots, running shoes, kayaking paddles, and his beloved bicycles. He participated in several triathlons in New York State and Illinois. While working for BrownTrout Publishers in California, he wrote several books, including a children’s book and a geological guide through the Grand Canyon. In Connecticut, he worked as an acquisitions editor for Praeger Publishing until his retirement in 2016.

Robert and his wife, Ruth, moved to Hanover, Illinois, from Newton, Connecticut, in 2014. Ruth survives him, as do his son, Blaed; mother, Joyce; and sister, Pam.

Appeared in Reed magazine: June 2022

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