The Passing of Robert Kove

To the Williams community,

I write with the sad news that retired museum monitor Robert “Bob” Kove passed away peacefully in his sleep on Monday, January 27. He was 85.

An Albany native, he graduated from Siena College with a degree in chemistry, and then served in the U.S. Marine Corps Air Station El Toro, until being honorably discharged as a first lieutenant. He worked as a process engineer at Sprague Electric in North Adams but soon found his true calling as a teacher. He went back to school, earning a master’s degree in education from North Adams State College (now MCLA), and taught math for 32 years at Drury High School in North Adams.

Following his retirement from teaching, Bob began working at the Williams College Museum of Art in 1993. Known for his big heart, his dependability, and his rapport with students, he served as a museum monitor until his retirement in 2008.

He is predeceased by his parents, Theodore and Dorothy, and his sister Anita. He is survived by his wife Paula; daughters Jennifer Rose and Pamela Maher; brother Tim; sister Cynthia Humphrey; and several grandchildren, nieces, and nephews.

A Liturgy of Christian Burial for Robert Kove will be celebrated on Friday, February 7, at 11 a.m. at St. Elizabeth of Hungary Church in North Adams. Burial with military honors will follow in Southview Cemetery. Calling hours are Thursday, February 6, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Flynn and Dagnoli-Montagna Home for Funerals West Chapels, 521 West Main St. in North Adams. In lieu of flowers, the family welcomes memorial donations to the AYJ Fund.

Our thoughts are with Bob’s family and friends.


Maud S. Mandel
Professor of History; Program in Jewish Studies