Bob Lynd, Iota ’67
Brothers of Kappa Delta Rho,
Our Brother Bob Lynd, Iota ’67 passed to Chapter Eternal on July 13, 2015 after a decade-long struggle with cancer. He leaves his wife Janet; his sons Jim, Dave, and Eric; his sister Cathy; a daughter-in-law Lacey; and three grandchildren Jake, Robbie, and Lewis.
Bob’s contributions to Kappa Delta Rho have been extraordinary. While Bob served in leadership roles within his undergraduate chapter at Bucknell (as President, Treasurer and Social Chair), his service to Kappa Delta Rho and the larger fraternal movement had only just begun. He served as a member of our National Board of Directors for 24 years, more than half of them as National President. Extending to serve beyond the boundaries of KDR, Bob also served on the board of the North-American Interfraternity Conference (NIC) for 8 years, also serving as its President. In the last decade, he served his own Iota Chapter as advisor, alumni board member, and leader of its most recent recolonization effort, while also being active as an Emeritus member of the National Board of Directors. He believed strongly in the promise and value of the entire fraternal movement, and his dedication was unwavering. He constantly exhibited a strong heart, a creative mind, and a positive spirit, as we worked together to make KDR a stronger and better Fraternity.
Beyond this long list of achievements, it was Bob’s character, style, integrity, and grace that made the greatest impression on those of us who knew him. As a KDR, Bob greeted every new Brother as if they were life-long friends. He was a coach and mentor to many. He was a friend to most. He was a Brother to all. Through these less formal but far more important roles, Bob contributed to the very heart of the Fraternity. It was in these ways that he deeply touched the lives of so many of us over decades of service and Brotherhood.
Bob’s efforts to give back did not end with the National Fraternity. He was active within his community and was the consummate example of what it meant to be “your Brother’s keeper.” He volunteered for many years with the Arcola Volunteer Fire Department; he didn’t answer calls or fight the fires, but he utilized his administrative acumen to ensure excellent operations of the department, so that they could best serve their community in times of need. In addition, he was very active within the Arcola United Methodist Church and supported numerous ministry initiatives.
Even in death, Bob continues to give back to humanity; Bob had wanted to be an organ donor, but was ineligible because of his disease. Instead, he has contributed his remains to Johns Hopkins Medical Center for research into the cancer that took him from us far too early.
Bob’s memorial service will take place on Saturday, August 1 at the Arcola Methodist Church, 24757 Evergreen Mill Road, Dulles, VA 20166. There will be a visitation at 11:00 am with the memorial service starting at noon. A lunch/reception will follow the service. Please contact his son, Eric Lynd (firstname.lastname@example.org), if you have any questions or need further information.
The family has asked that in lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Robert D. Lynd Memorial Scholarship of KDR (which is open to the entire brotherhood). To donate, please visit www.kdrfoundation.org, click on the “Donate Now” link or send a check to 331 S. Main Street, Greensburg, PA 15601. Gifts should be designated to the “Robert D. Lynd Memorial Scholarship.”
I will miss my friend, my mentor, and my Brother. His passing leaves an enormous hole in the fabric of our Brotherhood, and many of us will need to step forward to replace all that he regularly contributed to our cause.
Eugene L. Spencer, Iota ‘76
President of the National Fraternity of Kappa Delta Rho