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Tradition of Civic & Church Involvement
Bob is now President of Ashford Park Neighbors, and their SuperNeighborhood 17 rep.

Bob has a long tradition of public service, from a family tradition of Anglican priests going back to missionary times in his home country of New Zealand, with several family members educated by Dilworth Trust School where he served as Housemaster for 2 years. This was after a decade in Houston where he was Junior Warden at Church of Redeemer and a Board member of Eastwood Civic Ass'n. Bob served as a Yardley, PA Planning Commissioner while at Mobil R&D in Princeton, and was a founding board member of his mother's Simply Reading literacy trust in NZ.

After relocating to Mobil's HQ in Washington DC metro area, he served four years as President and seven years as the webmaster of the Foxhall Community Citizens Association, with personal board portfolios of traffic issues, universities and schools. For three years he wrote a weekly column in the "Georgetown Current" on civic  issues: e.g. education, recreation, traffic, crime, campus plans, zoning. After tragic events of 9/11/2001 he did Website designs for non-profits, civic organizations, and small firms. Summer 2002 he was the Logistics manager for Casey Trees inventory of 100,000+ street trees in 10 weeks resulting in an interactive map.

As a Board member of Federation of Citizens Ass'ns and Transportation committee rep. on the Committee of 100, Bob provided detailed peer review of the DC Atlas. He facilitated meetings with senior DC land use attorneys to get their firms' records - better than DC's at that time - into updating records needed to create DC's first electronic zoning map. Pro-bono, as a senior private industry member of DC's GIS community, he advised DCRA on business processes to get all DC's historic land parcel info in electronic form, with one qualified firm doing digitizing, and a separate equally-qualified firm for QA/QC.

Bob used his master-planning, transportation and land use knowledge as an oil industry facilities engineer to submit detailed EIS testimony and comment on a major Canal Rd traffic entrance into Georgetown University; also testimony and comment on a land transfer with National Park Service for a mayoral residence. He represented FCCA on 10-year Campus Plan negotiations with three universities, and with Board of Zoning Adjustment processes to allow/expand private schools in that neighborhood: relocated Rock Creek International School and Field School, plus expanded Georgetown Day, Lab School and St. Patrick's school.

Bob was active 2005-2006 on Planning & Development and Public Works in Whatcom County, WA. He worked with Birch Bay Steering Committee on Design Guidelines and Standards, with Sudden Valley Community Association, and Western Washington U. in Communications and  University Relations plus GIS/Planning/Emergency Mgmt.


Projects at Church of the Redeemer, Houston


Chronological Highlights of Bob's Civic Roles

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