Bob Schaumann

Profile Updated: March 15, 2020
Residing In: Jaffrey, NH USA
Spouse/Partner: Diane
Occupation: Sales Training/Marketing Consultant/University Professor
Children: Kerith Noelle (Kerri), born January 1977
Bethany Roanne (Beth), born September 1981

Two More…Grandchildren -- Aubrey Elizabeth (September 2008)
Brennan Martin (January 2011)
Military Service: United States Navy  
Retired?

Maybe when I am 85...

Elementary School Attended

Lynnewood

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Hi Everyone!

By way of background, I went to Villanova for undergraduate -- MBA several years later. Met a Prendie girl while at Villanova -- Diane Bensing (some may remember her from Hilltop), who graduated from the Villanova School of Nursing. Against her better judgement, she agreed to "walk down the aisle" and meet me at the altar. We were married on Dec 27, 1969, and lived in Willow Grove for three years. Moved up to NH in 1972, during which time I was in sales, sales training, sales management, and marketing management for three different companies. Two girls -- Kerri and Bethany -- and two grandchildren. We have two rescue Brittany spaniels -- Murphy and Shelby -- and live in the small NH town of Jaffrey, following 26 years in Amherst NH.

After thirteen years in the Navy (active duty and active reserve), honorably discharged as a full Commander in 1995. Spent time in the Middle East (it sure was friendlier back then) and my last billet was Executive Officer of a naval combat unit. One Navy Reserve drill weekend, our wardroom had a new officer join us -- I saw the name tag (Foery) on his uniform. He was as surprised to see me as I was surprised to see him -- Nick, who drilled with a sister MIUW unit to mine, was on vacation in New Hampshire and needed to fulfill his monthly reserve drill requirement. Needless to say, we didn't work too hard that weekend -- lots of catching up and reminiscing, as we both were "in love" with Joanne Cave!

[By coincidence, I still keep in touch with Joanne -- she and I were married the exact same day in 1969, but were unable to attend each other's wedding. As a further co-incidence, my best friend growing up on Harrington Road - Mark Tieger (he moved to Abington when 13) - got married the exact same date, too. Diane, when she gets mad at me, suggests that perhaps I should have gone to THOSE weddings...]

Diane and I have been blessed with good health and three communities in NH in which we have both been involved, doing everything from being a firefighter/EMT to elected town moderator (runs the town meeting and elections). It's been a wonderful ride, and I look forward to doing what I have been doing for several years for many more to come, God willing. This also means teaching in the MBA programs at several universities as an adjunct professor, as well as traveling internationally doing consulting work in the area of sales development and communication skills. Retire? Nope! When not doing all the above, I completed two one-year terms as president of our Rotary Club and serve on two other boards of directors. I am slowly driving Diane nuts!

Speaking of which, I've been blessed with a wonderful wife for many years... we celebrated our 50th anniversary in December 2019. Diane says that if she ever had known me in high school that she never would have married me! :) Can't say I would have blamed her!

Life is good -- all are invited to visit if you get up this way! It was wonderful to see everyone at our 55th. For those in our class who wanted to make it to the 55th in September 2018, but - due to unforeseen circumstances were unable to join us - there will be a "'63 turns 75" in September 2020. Stand by for details...

In the meantime, with the coronavirus going around, keep those hands washed. Good health to all!

bob

School Story:

Miss Weiser, after giving me a "5" in 8th grade English in 1958, changed the grade to a "1" in 1990. Drop me a line if you want to know what happened!

I remember the Friday night "hops" - fifty cents to get in; sodas were a dime. Great times. Two small spotlights high in the ceiling meant that there was a lot of "making out" going on, given how 'dark' the gym was. George Sosson (who passed away in 2016) spun the records. Then, one night, a chaperone caught someone sniffing glue in a paper bag. That ended THAT dance that night.

For the next few weeks, the lights were so bright that you could have landed aircraft in the gym. The various HHS clubs that ran the dances and used the monies for fund-raising complained to the administration because attendance was down. The next week, the administration relented, the lights were again lowered... and Fords once again danced and "made out"!!

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Jul 18, 2021 at 11:16 AM

Happy Birthday, Charles -- as a birthday present, may that elusive Duesenberg luxury automobile find its way to your garage!

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Mar 01, 2021 at 9:03 AM

Hi Butch, Happy 75th. I'm sorry to learn of Peg's passing. Hope to come down to Havertown in 2021 once the pandemic makes it reasonably safe to do so -- getting second COVID shot on Wednesday. Anyway, Happy Birthday - hard to believe that I have known you almost 70 years from our days playing on Harrington Road!

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Posted on: Mar 01, 2021 at 8:59 AM

Hi Michael, I can still remember the days at Lynnewood and visitng at your home a short distance away from Lobb's Lumber Yard. Happy 75th Birthday to a young old friend!

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Feb 20, 2021 at 9:44 AM

Hi Sybil, from one up here in New Hampsha', grab your favorite vino and pour yourself a big glass to celebrate your 75th!! Happy Birthday!

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Feb 14, 2021 at 1:16 PM

Posted on: Feb 12, 2021 at 9:03 AM

Hi Jane, time to celebrate ANOTHER one. Happy Birthday!!

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Feb 12, 2021 at 7:45 PM

Posted on: Feb 12, 2021 at 8:58 AM

Donna, it's been sixty years since Linda McBride's parties! Happy Birthday to you (although I don't think those parties coincided with your turning Sweet 16). Anyway, eat lots of cake!

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Dec 23, 2020 at 10:15 AM

As 2020 comes to a close (thank goodness!!), I took it upon myself to reflect on those who were part of our HHS journey via visiting several classmates in the "In Memory" area of our HHS63 website..  Coming upon Jerry Teres "In Memory" posting, I thought I had posted something earlier, but apparently hadn't.

Jerry was on the quiet side while we were in school; nonetheless, I remember him as a thoughtful person, one who never had a bad word to say about anyone.  We rekindled our relationship at recent reunions, as Diane and I sat with Jerry and his wife, Sharon.  While Jerry and I reminisced about the "old times," Diane and Sharon got to know each other, charring up a storm. 

Interesting how 50 years later, the memory was jogged as we shared stories -- things about which I had long forgotten came roaring back.  Thanks, Jerry, for the "memory nudges."  RIP, my friend.

bob

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Dec 21, 2020 at 11:14 AM

Hi Everyone,

Leafing through my well-worn 1963 Greystones yearbook, I realized how many in class I never knew or with whom I never interfaced.  I knew Eugene Byers by face, but we did not "know" each other, i.e., "Hi Gene, Hi Bob" hallway greetings.  Anyone who served their country rates goodie points in my book (having served in the Navy, I am "biased," of course!!!).  Gene was an Air Force veteran - thank you, Eugene.  R.I.P.

What makes the reunion gatherings special (and the informal gatherings over lunch that occur between reunions) is the opportunity to meet and get to know BETTER those whom I knew at HHS... or get to know "new" classmates who were not part of my HHS journey back then. 

I am sure that if Eugene and I had connected at some point, we would have traded "war stories" - veterans do those sorts of things.  I did not know Gene was a firefighter, too -- another commonality that we both shared.  We would had a great time together.  

If only...

Sadly, we are losing our classmates - we are in our mid-seventies.  Who woulda' thunk THAT in 1963?  The whole world was ahead of us.  Looking into the rearview mirror of my life, I am thankful for what I have experienced, the friends that I have from HHS63, and a wife who - after 51 years on December 27th - still puts up with me (even though she says that had she known me when I was in high school, she never would have married me!)  :)

What is positive and to what I look forward in 2021 is the opportunity to read news and perspectives of classmates in the Forum.  So many thank you plaudits are owed to Dick Rubinstein for keeping our website active and alive, and for being one of a spirited group of Reunion Committee members over the years that work hard to bring us all together. 

As 2020 comes to a creaking close, I wish you all well, as we - thankfully - head into a New Year.  Let's all get together and make damn sure the old one leaves!! 

To Auld Lang Syne...

bob 

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Dec 16, 2020 at 9:35 AM

Posted on: Dec 15, 2020 at 8:18 PM

Hi Jim, understand that you've added another year notch to your belt... that's "49," right? Happy Birthday to a fellow Villanova grad! Merry Christmas, too!

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Posted on: Dec 08, 2020 at 8:40 AM

Hi Arlene, rumor has it that you might be AGAIN celebrating your "39th"... and (shudder), it follows that "40" will come next year! I am sure that you and John will party hearty to celebrate this monumental milestone. Best wishes from snowy New Hampshire. Happy Birthday!!!

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Oct 15, 2020 at 7:41 PM

Cheryl, another year of celebrating a "39th" birthday, but let's hope your next one is pandemic-free. Happy Birthday!!

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Sep 27, 2020 at 7:34 PM

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Janice, joining us for the class Zoom call that is taking place RIGHT NOW??

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Jun 13, 2020 at 9:09 PM

Jean, a Happy Birthday to a fellow escapee from the Class if 1963. Since you live in Abington, why not plan to come to the "'63 turns 75" celebration in October?!?!

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May 22, 2020 at 10:39 AM

Hi Dave, Diane and I are going to be in Durango Aug 19-21. Get together for a cold one?

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Posted on: May 22, 2020 at 10:37 AM

Hi Bink, Happy Birthday to a fellow VU guy!

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Posted on: Mar 29, 2020 at 9:09 AM

Ed, always good to wish a Happy Birthday to a fellow veteran. You and Lucy Prager share the distinction of being two of our younger classmates, as most of us hit 75 this year. A good day to you -- and a hello to Ellen (she won't remember me, but I remember her from HHS).

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Mar 29, 2020 at 9:06 AM

Lucy, nice pictures that you posted a few years ago. Where's one of you, now that you are "thirty" years older? At 74, you're one of the younger ones in our class -- lucky you. Happy Birthday!

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Mar 29, 2020 at 9:04 AM

Hi Donna, Happy 75th... with more to come. Hope to see you in September!

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