Bob grew up as the 10th generation on his family farm, located 12 miles from Philadelphia, PA in Voorhees, NJ. The eldest of four children (two brothers and a sister), Bob attended George Washington University and Delaware Valley College of Science, where he earned a B.S. degree.
He and his husband, Jack Morrison, lived in a lakefront home in Voorhees, NJ for 19 years. The couple met through a mutual friend, over 20 years ago, at a happy hour at Woody’s in Philadelphia.
Along with their dog, Katie, they moved to their new home in Rehoboth Beach a year and a half ago. Bob is now the Chief Administrative Officer at Currier, Dobbs & Griswold, LLC, and enjoys perfecting an English Perennial Garden at their home, cooking, and entertaining friends. He also recently began oil painting.
When did you start volunteering at CAMP Rehoboth and what events/activities have you been involved with since?
I began volunteering at CAMP Rehoboth shortly after moving here full time in 2013. During a Volunteer Orientation session, Steve Elkins asked the group if anyone had experience with flowers and decorating. I don’t know why I raised my hand, but I ended up arranging the large floral arrangements for Sundance in 2013 and 2014. I’ve also volunteered for the Well-Strung concert and Women’s FEST.
What’s your best memory volunteering here?
I’ve been impressed with the professionalism and various skills of the many volunteers, board, and staff of CAMP Rehoboth. I have fond memories of the hard work and fun associated with setting up for Sundance.
Of the many events held by CAMP Rehoboth in our 25 years, which is your favorite and why?
I’d have to say that Sundance is a favorite event since it brings together such a large group of both men and women, young and not-so-young, locals and visitors, and local businesses, coming together for a common goal of supporting CAMP Rehoboth in a fun venue.
Celebrating a quarter century as a local LGBT non-profit, please tell us about a special anniversary you’ve celebrated over the last 25 years.
Beyond 25 years, I recently retired from a career of 35 years. I was Director of a successful Conservation District in New Jersey that oversaw development, reviewed and certified site plans for 21 municipalities, and provided environmental education outreach to youth and the public. Through that position, I also served on various public and private Boards, including President of the Association of NJ Environmental Commissions, President of the National Association of Conservation District Professionals, President of the Voorhees Environmental, Cultural and Education Foundation, South Jersey Resource Conservation and Development Council, Camden County Open Space Trust Fund Board, and Camden County Farmland Preservation Board. I presently serve on the tri-state Partnership for the Delaware Estuary. I’m currently providing consulting services to non-profit and professional organizations.
Favorite season here at the beach and why?
I like them all, but I would say that spring is a favorite time to enjoy the flowering trees, shrubs and flowers—and enjoy the free parking and uncrowded beaches, restaurants, and shops before the hordes of summer visitors arrive.\
Name a childhood mentor or someone who influenced you while growing up.
My dad probably had the most influence on me growing up. He instilled a work ethic, a sense of giving back and volunteering, and life lessons on preparing for the future.
If you had an extra hour in the day, what would you do?
Read a good book.
Favorite U.S. city and why?
My current favorite U.S. city is Fort Lauderdale. We are fortunate to have a condominium on the waterfront with a fabulous view. In addition to the great weather, we have a large group of friends from Rehoboth Beach and the Philadelphia area to socialize with there.
Night owl or early riser and why?
Early riser! I don’t want to miss a day filled with purpose and pleasure.
Best year of your life and why?
2015…I have good health, days filled with work and pleasure, and great people around me.
Favorite holiday and why?
Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. It is the least commercial holiday on the calendar. It’s an opportunity to relax, watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade and football games, eat lots of my favorite food, and spend time with family and friends.
The LGBT community has made significant progress in the fight for equality over recent years. Did you expect to see this in your lifetime and why or why not?
I never expected to see the progress in LGBT acceptance, especially in the area of Marriage Equality, in my lifetime. Thankfully, the public’s leading the way in swaying legislative and court decisions.
Name the biggest change you’ve seen in Rehoboth and how long have you been coming here?
The biggest change I’ve seen in Rehoboth since coming here for over 20 years is the influx of year-round residents and gay retirees. It’s a good thing.
Name three events that have shaped your life to where it is today.
Meeting Jack, adopting Katie, and moving to Rehoboth have resulted in a pleasant, stress-free, and appealing life.
Describe an ideal date night.
Dinner at a fine restaurant, good wine, and dancing.
Yet another long political Presidential primary season lies ahead. Who do you expect to be nominated by each of the main parties?
I expect Hillary Clinton to be nominated by the Democratic Party and Marco Rubio to be nominated by the Republican Party.
What are you most thankful for?
My health, Jack, and Katie.
I remember very well our excitement when you agreed to do the flowers for Sundance in 2013. You did a fantastic job and we’re so grateful for the contributions both you and Jack have made at CAMP Rehoboth ever since. On behalf of the Board and staff, we extend our sincere thanks!