February 21, 1936 — September 3, 2007


Dr. Bob's Lifelong Dedication to Education

Dr. Robert N. Rue was Founding President and President Emeritus of Mohegan Community College (now Three Rivers Community College) in Norwich, Connecticut; President Emeritus of C.S. Mott Community College in Flint, Michigan; and the Founding Dean of the Urban College of Boston. Rue taught social sciences and humanities at these colleges, and at the University of New Haven and the University of Connecticut, where he coordinated the Center for Academic Programs at the Avery Point campus in Groton, Connecticut.

Dr. Bob's Life of Service to Others

Throughout his career, Rue provided consulting services to many national, state, and regional organizations. He served as President of the National Council for Community Service and Continuing Education in Washington, DC and on the Connecticut State Humanities Council under Governors Grasso and Weicker, among others. In 2002, Governor John G. Rowland appointed Rue to the Connecticut Commission on National and Community Service and served the University of Connecticut as educational consultant in curriculum design and community development.

Dr. Bob's Lasting Contributions

Bob served as Chairman of the Editorial Board of the Catalyst, was Editor of "It Happened in Bangor", and served on the Editorial Board of the Community Educators Journal. He also served as a Consultant/Program Evaluator for the U.S. Department of Education. Between 1977 and 2007, Rue served as keynote speaker at scores of state and national conferences dealing with issues of education and community service. He authored scores of journal articles relating to various issues, including higher education, diversity, older students, and veterans.

Dr. Bob Cherished His Family and Friends

Bob lived in Niantic, Connecticut with his wife, Connie. Their blended family includes six wonderful children and nine terrific grandchildren. A man of many talents and interests, Rue performed over 400 weddings as a Justice of the Peace and ordained Universal Life Minister; served as auctioneer for charity fundraising events; and, with wife Connie, owned and operated a bookstore!

Dr. Bob's Latest Career

In recent years, Bob entered the acting profession as a member of both the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) and the American Federation of Television and Radio Actors (AFTRA). He appeared in major motion pictures like State and Main and Meet Joe Black, independent films, television commercials, stage productions, poetry and story readings, and more. Between 1992 and 2007, Rue performed as a story reader for schools, churches, and libraries in Dr. Bob's Story Time. He also appeared as Santa Claus, Father Christmas, and as Uncle Sam, delighting children of all ages and demonstrating his abilities with diverse audiences of all sizes.

Dr. Bob's Website Wish

Bob's family hopes you find this website enjoyable and informative.

With decades of valuable and unique experience, Dr. Bob was dedicated to his family, community and education. He lived every day to the fullest and will be missed by the many who love him dearly.

Dr. Bob also appeared as Uncle Sam