Robert (Bob) Rule

Fri, 11/18/2022 - 1:15pm

Retired Manhasset, N.Y. educator Robert (Bob) Rule passed away on Nov. 6, 2022 on Block Island. Goaltender and MVP of Cornell’s 1971 NCAA Championship Lacrosse team (13-0), he was an All-America and All-Ivy first-team selection, winning the C. Markland Kelly Trophy as the nation's outstanding goaltender. As both a junior and senior, he led the Ivy League in goaltending and was the Ivy’s second-best goalie as a sophomore. Bob was also a goaltender for Cornell’s 1969-70 NCAA Championship Hockey team, thus becoming the only Cornellian to play on two NCAA championship teams in different sports. He was the starting goaltender for the 1974 USA World Championship team in Australia. Returning to his alma mater, Bob assisted in coaching boys’ lacrosse, helping Manhasset to reach seven state championship games and win four titles, while also racking up several Nassau County and Long Island crowns. As an inventor, he received many U.S. Patents for innovating lacrosse equipment. Bob received numerous Hall of Fame honors including USA National Lacrosse, Long Island Lacrosse Metro Chapter, Cornell Athletics, and Manhasset Lacrosse. He is survived by wife Dorothy (née Conroy), daughter DK, brothers Jack, Dicky, Paul (Kristy), nieces Heather, Samantha, Alexis, Elizabeth, Lindsay, Kristin, Kaly, and nephews Josiah, Jay, the Monahan cousins Thomas, Richard, Michael and Patricia, and cousin Paul Giguere as well as other extended family.

Please consider a memorial donation to Cornell University, CUNY Macaulay Honors College, Block Island Medical Center, Silver Hill Hospital or your preferred educational or mental/health program. Memorial services to be announced. Condolences at and inquiries at The family would like to acknowledge and thank the broader community for the kind and considerate messages of support during this difficult time.