Stuart Dunbar Robertson

Profile Updated: February 5, 2019
Residing In: West Lafayette, IN USA
Spouse/Partner: Bonnie
Children: Stuart D. Robertson II, born 1970, and Hillary E. Sages, born 1975
Occupation/Career: Lecturer, Hebrew, Purdue University
Military Service: U.S. Army Reserves  
Did you graduate from York or Willowbrook?


What grade school did you attend?

Breeks, Ootacamund, in Nilgiris Mountains, So. India

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Stuart D. Robertson

Name For Guest's Name Tag:

Bonnie E. Robertson

Current Marital Status:



Dominic Michael Sages and Owen Christopher Sages

Favorite High School Memory:

Oh my! Jean Charles Devaud who taught French enthusiastically, getting knocked around in fledgling attempts to play football, a terrific girlfriend, singing in Mr. Robbins choir and in the boys' quartette with John Hall, Rich Jannsen and David Johnson that did real well at state competition, getting acclimated to the United States after growing up in India.

What have you done since leaving high school?

After completing basic education, was Presbyterian pastor for 35 years, retiring May, 2007. Summer trips to (teach in Zambia and Medillin, Colombia, studied in Israel, and taught in Poland. Have taught at Purdue since retiring (Hebrew and ancient history and religion-related courses). Have played lots of tennis. With my wife, Bonnie, of 47 years, reared two children and enjoyed watching their repeating the same pattern with their children as we did with ours.

Current Interests:

Teaching Hebrew and courses on ancient Judaism at Purdue, research and writing on Josephus, the first century Jewish historian, playing tennis and taking long walks, keeping up with our amazing children and grandchildren, with my wife of fifty years tending our vegetable and flower gardens, mowing the lawn!, pulling weeds, traveling . . .

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Most Memorable Experience Since High School:

Hard to pick a MOST memorable experience. Life has been a series of unexpected experiences.

One Thing I Have Done Since High School That Would Surprise My Classmates:

Since I wasn't an extravagantly good high school student, perhaps that I finished graduate work and taught/teach ancient Semitic languages.

Things That I Haven’t Done as of 2011, But Would Still Like To Do. Record when you do them plus comments.

Revisit the land of my birth, India, and hike again as an adult with my son in the Nilgiri and Himalaya mountains.

Other Comments:

I hope to learn how life has unfolded for classmates I remember, and meet other classmates I knew then but have forgotten.

Spent May, 2018 traveling to locations in India where I spent my boyhood, accompanied by my wife, Bonnie, son, Stu II, and his wife, Asta. Realized that in 60 + years India has changed a great deal except in remote places that are not much changed. My middle school years were spent in a remote hill station (Chikalda) which has a massive fort, Gawilgarh Fort that is featured in the novel, Sharpe's Fortress.
My 77th year is just past. I still do all I have done and will continue to do until time does its thing as on all of us.

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Sep 22, 2019 at 5:17 PM

Posted on: Sep 22, 2019 at 8:04 AM

Once again, Dave, congratulations on defying the grim reaper another year, and for making a good go of life. I hope you and those you love are well, and that life is good. I am a few months behind you but will try to follow your good example! stuart

Feb 05, 2019 at 7:07 AM
Feb 02, 2019 at 3:33 AM
Jan 12, 2019 at 7:48 PM

Well, Rich, another year under the belt. We keep on keeping on. I hope year 77 is a good one for you, memorable in joyous ways, with Gladys, your bride of many years, and your children, your ministries, and your play too. Not much basketball, I would gather, but I hope other forms of physical frivolity to help keep good cheer. I hope our paths cross again ==and again, again. Happy Birthday! stuart

Aug 01, 2018 at 7:29 AM
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Jun 07, 2018 at 12:53 PM

Posted on: Jun 07, 2018 at 7:03 AM

Since I know your birthday is in January, which is when most of our new matters appear, because each year is new!, I wondered, but I'm glad to see nothing unwanted is new. I heard from Linda Hanlon recently that her husband, Bill, had joined the ranks of the "great majority," so that she is alone for the first time in many years. This is the bane of this stage of life. One hears too many newly alone accounts. I'm just back from three weeks in India. My wife, son and his wife explored the places of my childhood there. This included a very successful trek through a large game preserve in north India where we saw four tiger, elephant herd, oodles of various kinds of deer, peacock, wild pig, a monkey or 1000, and many kinds of birds. Indian food is yummy, but maybe I was glad to get back to less spicey vittles here. I hope you're both well, and that life goes well for you. stuart

May 25, 2018 at 6:04 AM

Dear Jeanie, I've spent the last three weeks in India trying to sort through my the links between my early life and what followed. What followed was York and Willowbrook and much else. And those with whom I shared some element of each stage is part of my story, as well as having his/her own story. I am glad you are on the cusp of completing another year of life, and hope that the unknown that awaits you will bring you joy. stuart

Feb 18, 2018 at 7:33 AM

I wish it were possible to read such a personal description of each person that is entered into this memorial list.  In high school we all wondered what we would become, or what would become of us.  To the end there are no doubt many that wonder, "What have I become?"  or "What has become of me?"  Till the end, I have discovered, not a few people wonder, "What shall I do in life?"  Some wonder this even after having settled into a profession or a career and  have given their life to this line of work.  It takes someone that watched this person develop over the years to be able to assess what they became--through the impact his/her friend made on others.  What David has here written about Michael is such a thing.  If Michael had been able to know of this, perhaps if he wondered till the end what he should do/be in life, he would understand a little of what he became, through the lens of someone that knew him well.

If we in the class of 1960 could reflect on the character of any that we knew well that have passed on into the "great majority," it would be a gift to the rest of us.  I'm so glad David wrote this.  I'm also glad Michael lived this.  stuart robertson


Feb 03, 2018 at 11:51 AM

Getting old(er) is an adventure, that if we granted it, should be as interesting as the early days of wondering what we'll do with our lives. Enjoy it, as we can.

Feb 02, 2018 at 3:33 AM
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May 06, 2017 at 8:30 AM

Posted on: May 06, 2017 at 8:29 AM

I always watch to see how of those I rubbed shoulders with and still remember or knew well during high school are doing in their odyssey of life. The image I still have of you, Tom, is holding an "L" with arms verticle on the rings. I wish you well in this new year, and in those yet to come. stuart robertson

Feb 02, 2017 at 3:33 AM
May 25, 2016 at 8:59 AM

Welcome to the 74-year-old camp. I suspect you find it as astonishing as I do that you have lived that long. I hope it is for you as it is for me that 74 is largely an irrelevant number because life seems to still have the pace it always did. I am asked by tennis friends of our age when I plan to retire. I reply, "I think when I get old enough." But it is puzzling when one's children are as actually as old as they are, which is older than I feel. Still teaching at Purdue, playing tennis, keeping a productive vegetable garden, trying to be of some benefit to our church choir, etc. I hope all is well with you and yours. stuart

Feb 04, 2016 at 10:54 AM

Thanks, Dave, for remembering that I have joined the 74 club with you. I'm still at it full time, for which I'm so happy. I hope you are enjoying the afterlife of retirement. I didn't go to the high school reunion this time as it was a big anniversary of another graduation that I went to. Far too many old people at all these reunions. I hope all is well with you. stuart

Feb 02, 2016 at 3:33 AM
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Sep 29, 2015 at 5:10 PM

Posted on: Sep 29, 2015 at 7:26 AM

Dear Dave, I wish you a healthful and happy next year of life; come to think of it, beyond that! stuart

Feb 02, 2015 at 3:33 AM
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Jan 27, 2019 at 11:17 AM

Posted on: Jan 23, 2015 at 7:11 AM

Oct 27, 2014 at 6:21 AM

Oh, I just realized to scroll down to get a view of what you've done over the years. Quite a trip! stuart

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May 25, 2014 at 9:44 PM

Posted on: May 25, 2014 at 10:19 AM

Dear Geanie, Welcome to the club of the 72nd. I write from Seattle where we are, i.e., Bonnie, my wife of 45 years, and our first child, re-doing a trip of twenty years ago when we celebrated our silver anniversary with him with us, stationed in Seattle in the Coast Guard. Now he is a super-geek in Chicago and I a bloke who can't figure out what retirement means if it means anything but doing what you really like to do, which is, in my case, teaching kiddies at Purdue and writing the crazy thoughts that have incubated over many years about Josephus and Philo. I am in a motel, and would look up from my reading every now and then to watch people come to get breakfast. I ponder of the young, you will be like I am if you are fortunate to keep living and keeping on being healthy. I ponder of the old, they once were young and the ladies were curvaceous and the men lean and muscular--maybe, unless they didn't keep fit and ate too much. I am not succumbing to the outlook that to grow older is to grow old, but merely to keep on with the adventure of living and loving, so that I play lots of tennis, translate lots of the Hebrew and Greek ancient texts, read like crazy, tend my garden, take long walks, care for my wife--who is sometimes ill and more customarily doing better than that--and doting on my kiddies at Purdue, and singing int he great choir of St. John's Episcopal Church, and, and, and. And I hope your life is similarly full. I see your picture before me, when you were in high school, and wonder how you have translated into like loveliness but with the development that comes with time. To be inwardly lovely often affects the outward semblance, maybe you have noticed as I have.

I see you live in Wenatchee, Washington. I am thus now in the same state with you; welcome.

I wish you a happy birthday and a benevolent year to come and the years after that. Go graciously towards the years that await you. Every blessing. stuart

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