Farewell to Bob Quakenbush

I never thought this day would happen…

Our good friend Bob Quakenbush ’76, is leaving “home” to move to the “Carolina Blue” skies to join his wife and daughter.  Bob’s wife took a job at the Duke University Hospital last August.
Bob has given Notre Dame much more than he has taken — his knowledge, passion and love for his alma mater will never be forgotten.  I know I speak for our entire team — it will be a sad day when Bob walks out the door on August 15th.
We wish Bob nothing but great thoughts.  He’s a prolific writer, who will be difficult to replace.  Please be sure to stop by and wish Bob well — he’s been a great teammate to everyone.
Bob, thanks for everything you’ve done — you are, and always will be, a Notre Dame Man!
Jim Small

19 thoughts on “Farewell to Bob Quakenbush

  1. Bob.. I am so happy you get to be closer to your wife and daughter! Best of luck to you and your new adventures.. I have enjoyed your friendship!

  2. Bob.. I am so happy you get to be closer to your wife and daughter! Best of luck to you and your new adventures.. I have enjoyed your friendship!

  3. I wrote you a poem:

    From my first campus tour,
    To borrowing your red pen,
    You have always been,
    A great colleague and friend.

    I bid thee adieu,
    My friend Bobby Q.

    – Brandon

  4. Bob –

    I hope the broken golf cart didn’t scare you away! Wishing you much happiness in your new ventures! Thank you for being such a great person to work with, and knowledgeable tour guide!


  5. To the voice on the other side of my wall…

    It’s just not going to be the same without you!

    From the voice on the other side of your wall.

  6. Bob – if I knew where you were sitting now, I’d surely come over and wish you a fond farewell. hopefully they haven’t moved you again for you last few days 🙂

    Take Good Care.

  7. Bob, it has been so nice seeing your face every day as you walk by my “office”. You gave me my tour of campus and I remember thinking how lucky our department was to have you. You will be missed! Best of luck to you and your family!

  8. Have a fantastic time on the East Coast! I will miss seeing your fantastic Avengers mug. 🙂 Best wishes for a wonderful time!

  9. Bob,
    You and your family are going to love it in NC. I will always remember your tour of the campus, the history, the back stories and your stories of the campus. We will miss you!!

  10. Bob, you will be sorely missed here — best of luck to you and your family.

    Take care!


  11. BQ, you will be missed. May the Gipper’s Ghost follow you to the Carolina Coast and watch over you always.

  12. BQ I will miss you! Who will listen to my complaints about poorly (and incorrectly placed commas) and the myriad of grammar faux pas that drive me insane…could you give me you cell number so I can text you my ramblings????

    Sincerely, thank you for all you taught me upon my arrival and best wishes for you always!

  13. Bob – you’ve been a lifesaver, to say the least. Thanks for all your help with my website changes, and (of course) with Notre Dame Day. I’ll always treasure my Fr. Corby army men. Best of luck to you and your family!

  14. Bob, thanks for the many “parent” conversations we shared. It was good therapy! Best of luck in this new life journey.


  15. Bob!

    I knew this day would eventually come-so sad for us but happy for you. Best of luck-I will miss you!!!!

  16. Bob:

    I’m sorry to hear you are leaving and I will miss you and the talks we used to have when you sat by stewardship. I know you bring a piece of Notre Dame with you wherever you go and nothing will ever change that. I wish you, your wife and daughter nothing but the best. God bless you and your family and Go Irish!!!!!!!


  17. Bob,

    Many blessings to you on your new journey. You will be missed!

    All the best!

  18. Bob,
    You’ve been a great colleague and friend going back to our days at Culver and here at Notre Dame. We will definitely miss your warm personality, great sense of humor, and incredible writing and artistic talent. You did an awesome job on the tour guide gig, too! Good Luck, Bob (from Brett also)!

  19. There will never be another Bob Q….

    Though he might be moving out of the snow
    His friends here are so sorry to see him go

    About campus he knew the scoop
    And for every story – he was in the loop

    His class of 76 will live in the lore
    Of the legends he’ll tell for evermore

    Always a smile, always a kind word
    His kind of talent cannot be procured

    And so farewell from your ND friends
    Please you will be missed until the end