Robert Louis Lichter, age 76, died of prostate cancer on March 31, 2018, at his home in Alford, MA. Bob was a scientist and educator; loving husband, father and grandfather; and active member of his community.
He met his wife, Diane Scott, in 1988. In 27 years of marriage, they lived in Brooklyn, Atlanta, Philadelphia, Boston, and the Berkshires, and traveled around the world. In addition to his wife, he is survived by his sister Nancy Seebert and her husband Bill; his son Derek and daughter-in-law Jude Shabry; his daughter Allison and son-in-law Greg Joseph and his three grandchildren Julian, Liliana, and Nina. His first wife, Ani Grosser, lives in Lenox.
Before retiring in 2002, Bob had a 30-year career in academia. His research area was in C-13 and N-15 nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy. His later work focused on programs directed to broadening the participation of women, underrepresented minorities, and persons with disabilities in STEM fields.
Bob was an avid hiker, climbing mountains across the U.S. and Europe, as well as in Peru, Japan, New Zealand, and on Cape Verde. He enjoyed active hikes closer to home with the Berkshire Silver Scramblers.
He was passionate about choral music, and sang with many groups including the Berkshire Bach Society, and Berkshire Lyric. One of his joys later in life was working with a volunteer team of residents that is implementing the Alford Broadband Initiative to bring high-speed internet to the town known as AlfordLink.
Published in The Berkshire Eagle on Apr. 19, 2018