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Prayer Gathering for ASPEC Members Bob Shepherd and Blackie and Al Sparzani

posted on 11/08/2012

Message from Chaplain Doug McMahon and Associate Chaplain Libby Shannon '05
Sent November 8, 2012, 10:56 a.m.
Contact: chaplains@eckerd.edu, 727-864-7522

Dear Community:

It is with great sadness that we write to inform you of the death of ASPEC member Robert "Bob" Earl Shepherd, who was killed in a car accident after exiting Eckerd's campus last night. In the car with Bob were Frances "Blackie" and Al Sparzani, also ASPEC members. Blackie is improving but remains in critical condition at Bayfront Medical Center, and Al, who had minor injuries, also remains hospitalized. 

"Bob Shepherd was smart, funny, tough-minded and a very sweet man," said President Donald R. Eastman III. "A bon vivant and elegant raconteur, and a Rhodes Scholar, he was an ideal ASPEC member: a contributor to the College in every way, including as a superb assistant coach for our extraordinarily successful Ethics Bowl team. He was a strong supporter of our international relations program and selected and presented the annual student poetry prize. Students, faculty and staff loved him for his breezy style and his fine sense of humor—and for his gentle and thoughtful manner. We will miss him tremendously."

Members of the Academy of Senior Professionals and the Eckerd community will join together in prayer at Lewis House today (Thursday, Nov. 8) at 4 p.m. to share their love and support for one another. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Bob's wife, Nena, and to Blackie and Al.


Rev. Doug McMahon
Chaplain and Director of Campus Ministries

Rev. Libby Shannon '05
Associate Chaplain

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