Robert Dwight Bair, 83

Sat, 03/30/2013 - 2:34pm

Robert Dwight Bair, of Old Lyme, Conn. and formerly of Rowayton, Conn., died on March 23, 2013. He was born on Aug. 10, 1930, in York, Penn., the son of Charles Dwight Bair and Mabel Robertson Bair.

Robert graduated from West York High School in 1948 and served as a United States Navy submariner from 1948-1952. He served aboard the USS Sablefish and the USS Atule.

Following his naval service he graduated from Pennsylvania State University, Class of 1956. While at Penn State, he was a member of Delta Upsilon and the track team, where he was a record breaking hammer thrower.

From 1956-1986, he was a senior marketing and advertising executive at Landon Associates in New York City. During his retirement, he worked part-time as inspector for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Robert was a licensed Captain in the United States Coast Guard and was very active with the Power Squadron. He was Past Commander of Rowayton and Old Saybrook Power Squadrons and was a chairman and past Rear Commander of U.S. Power Squadron. He was also past President of the New York Chapter of NASA, past Commodore of the Rowayton Yacht Club, Lifetime Honorary Member and Boatsman of the Year at the Old Greenwich Yacht Club, and a member of the Sons of the American Revolution, the U.S. Submarine Vets and Holland Club.

He is survived by his wife Barbara Ann Blaney Bair, whom he married in 1952; his four sons, Michael Dwight Bair and his wife Britt, of Darien, Conn.; Steven Charles Bair and his wife Lisa of Portola Valley, Calif.; Thomas Jeffery Bair and his wife Dorene of Centerport, N.Y. and John David Bair and his wife Corinne of E. Norwalk, Conn.; his sister Joan Bair Sutton of Wallace, N. C.; and his grandchildren Alexandra, Jack, Annie, Ryan, Lily and Charlie.

A celebration of life will be held at a later date which will be announced. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Robert and Barbara Bair Trustee Scholarship, Kathie Alterio at (814) 865-0594 or please make a check payable to: The Pennsylvania State University, and mail to Kathie Alterio, College of Liberal Arts, 139 Sparks Building, University Park, Penn. 16802. To sign the online guest book, visit: