Death of Frater Bob Kirkhuff, former Chapter Adviser

(From the AJC with other sources) Bob Kirkhuff passed away after a brief illness on April 12th.

Frater Kirkhuff

Frater Charles Robert “Bob” Kirkhuff was born in Scranton, PA on January 8, 1921. His parents were Charles and Donzella Kirkhuff. Bob attended University of Rhode Island before being drafted. He served three years in the Eighth Army Air Corp with 2 1/2 years in England in the First Air Division, Intelligence Section. He returned stateside in 1945 and married Luise Gartner. He then attended Brown University in Rhode Island, when a position became available at Grinnell Corp. in Atlanta as a metallurgist to open a lab. When Grinnell closed the plant in 1974, Bob became an optician for Ballard where he worked for 12 years before retiring.

Bob loved his family, friends, church and country. He served as a Senior Warden, Junior Warden and many committees in the Episcopal Church. His hobbies were photography, wood-working, traveling and gardening. He held many posts in his local neighborhood association.

He was a chapter adviser for Beta Pi Chapter of TKE at Georgia Tech for over 25 years. Bob and Luise arrived in Atlanta in the early 1950s at a crucial time in the chapter’s history when the organization was losing its original founders and leadership was passing to the  members the founders had recruited. Together Bob and Luise were a benevolent and stabilizing influence, guiding the young chapter through numerous existential and property-related crises. With their help the chapter became a large, stable organization providing a residential experience in its own property.

For Bob’s lifelong contribution to the character and success of the chapter, he was honored as the first member of the its Order of Beta-Pi.  

Bob and Luise were married for over 66 years. Surviving are sons Mark and Paul, daughter Donna Smith and her husband James and granddaughter Lauren.

Service will be held at The Episcopal Church of the Epiphany. Benno Pattison officiating, located at 2089 Ponce de Leon Avenue NE, Atlanta GA 30307 on Thursday, April 19th at 2pm.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations in his memory to the music department at Epiphany or the DeKalb Symphony Orchestra. A.S. Turner & Sons Funeral Home and Crematory.

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