Preparing Boys for Life

Robert M. Hewes IV '71

Robert M. Hewes IV of Chestertown, Maryland passed away on February 5, 2021 at the age of 67. The son of Robert M. Hewes III and Janet Johnson Hewes, Bob grew up in Gladwyne, Pennsylvania, and was a “lifer” at the Haverford School. Summers were spent on Maryland’s Eastern Shore sailing, horseback riding, gardening and enjoying wildlife with his three siblings, Laren (Kurland), Dana (Duffield), and Donald. An avid hiker and outdoorsperson, Bob attended camp at Keeywaydin Dunmore in Vermont as a young boy. He graduated from Knox College in 1975 with a degree in biology and a lifelong interest in the environment. Bob and his wife, Nancy, returned to Quaker Neck in 1983, where they raised their three children, Blair, Pierce and Taylor. A man of unwavering faith, Bob was a founder, elder and active participant in the Thursday night discussion group of the Presbyterian Church of Chestertown. Diagnosed with myotonic dystrophy at age fifty, Bob inspired many as he focused on his abilities, varied interests, and family. Bob was a constant, supportive presence at his children’s school events, regattas, and concerts. Family travels included memorable hikes to the Cape of Good Hope in South Africa and the Acropolis in Athens, the latter assisted by his sons. Vacationing at Rockywold Deephaven Camp in New Hampshire, Bob could be seen jumping off the dock into Squam Lake, reading on the porch, and worshipping on Church Island. For many years, “Mr. Bob” volunteered as a reading tutor at Garnett Elementary in Chestertown where he shared his patient listening skills, love of reading and perseverance through disability with second grade students. Bob will be remembered for his intelligence, his gentle and humble personality and his devotion to his children, granddaughter and extended family. The Hewes family is thankful to Bob’s many caregivers, especially John Anthony Hurley (Tony), who enabled travel, family holidays, nature excursions, church attendance and gatherings with friends. Due to pandemic precautions, immediate services will be private and a celebration of Bob’s life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Bob’s name to the Chesapeake Bay Foundation ( or the Myotonic Dystrophy Foundation (


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Published in Main Line Media News from Feb. 16 to Feb. 21, 2021.