Minute for Robert A. Wilson
Robert A. Wilson, member of
Swarthmore Monthly Meeting since 1938, died peacefully on March 15, 2008, after
a short illness. He was born in
, December 29, 1915, to Alfred C. Wilson and Anne Wilson, nee Ferris.
Robert was their only child, raised as a Quaker at Swarthmore Meeting,
and graduated in 1936 from
. He joined the Civilian
Conservation Corps and attended the
. In 1935 he was awarded the
National Amateur Rowing Championship Medal for 145-pound quadruple sculls.
Robert enlisted in the U. S. Army
as a conscientious objector and served as an Army Medic seeing combat in
winning the Bronze Star. He married
widowed Virginia C. Bauer, with six-year-old son, Chuck.
He was an honest, loving, romantic, and caring husband; and a wonderful
father to Chuck, giving him many good things to follow in life and setting the
best examples. Later he re-joined the Army and served in the Korean War and
. He was one of only 36 people chosen to begin the Army’s first polygraph
program; this program was a good fit with his values of honesty. He also
believed things should be done right for the best security of the country.
In 1953 he and his family moved to
. After he was honorably discharged in 1970, he worked at Guardsmark, Inc,
, as a polygraph examiner. He
retired from Guardsmark in 1986. In 1998 he and Virginia moved to
, where they richly enjoyed the most modest pleasures of life. He is survived by
his wife of 55 years, Virginia C. Wilson, his step-son, Chuck Bauer; and other
April 13, 2009, by Swarthmore Monthly Meeting
Care and Counsel Committee
in consultation with Virginia C. Wilson