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Drury University remembers former director of the center for gifted education

For Immediate Release: May 27

Mary Potthoff
Director of the Center for Gifted Education
(417) 873-7386

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., May 27, 2010 – Family, friends and co-workers gathered on Thursday afternoon to celebrate the life of Bob Roach, the former director of Drury’s Center for Gifted Education, who died last week at the age of 75.

The celebration took place in the Stone Chapel Lounge, and offered friends and family the opportunity to share stories and laughter in honor of Roach.

“When my husband needed medical tests, Bob gave us airline miles to use to fly to the Mayo Clinic,” said Mary Potthoff, current director of the Center for Gifted Education at Drury University. “Over the years Bob gave my husband and me several gifts, but none are more meaningful than his friendship, leadership, kindness and great stories.”

Roach began his educational career in 1960, and joined the Drury family in 1992. He worked at Drury for almost 15 years, during which time he coordinated pre-college programs and worked to provide training for teachers working with gifted students. Roach spent much of his life advocating for gifted students.

As a tribute to his work, the Bob Roach Scholarship in Gifted master’s will be awarded to one student each year in his honor. In addition, Roach will receive recognition in the Lay Hall Wall of Fame.

To make a donation to the scholarship fund, contact the School of Education and Child Development at (417) 873-7271.


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