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Robert London
May 10, 1946 - March 19, 2020

"A perfect combination of intelligence,
friendliness and sincerity"


From his son Daniel DeForest London (reprinted with permission):

When Bob London was 19 years old and in a deep depression, he had a powerful experience in which he saw divine light beaming in a single blade of grass and then saturating everything around him with an explosion of life and meaning. He then began a lifelong journey, searching for the source of this overwhelming experience of brimming, abundant life. Throughout his journey, he became an English teacher, a chemist, a yoga instructor, a rock climber, an owner of an outdoor supply store, a retail manager at the Harvard Coop bookstore, an Education Specialist for the US Department of Defense, a Silicon Valley CTO, an Allagash adventurer, a Stanford PhD alum, a Doctor of Education and Computer Science, a follower of Sri Chinmoy, an admirer of Mary Baker Eddy, and then ultimately a Jewish disciple of Jesus Christ. He was a proud son, brother, friend, uncle, a true mensch, and so much more.

I am in grief because he died early this morning, but I find immense comfort in knowing that he discovered the source of that divine light; and he let it shine through him most purely and powerfully as a husband and as a father.

I feel it is only appropriate that he passed away on this feast day of St. Joseph, the patron saint of fathers; because it was in being a husband and a father that he found his deepest joy and fulfillment.

The last time I saw him in person, I knelt at his feet and asked for a blessing. He proudly placed his hands on my brother and me and said, while beaming, “The LORD bless you and keep you. The LORD make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you. The LORD turn his countenance upon you and give you peace.” And with that divine light, my father and his blessings will, no doubt, continue to shine forever.

יִתְגַּדַּל וְיִתְקַדַּשׁ שְׁמֵהּ רַבָּא Yitgadal v’yitkadash sh’mei raba. Amen.


Published by Thomas E. Burger Funeral Home, Ithaca, NY:

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Remembered by Burt Sussman:

Was just informed of Bob's passing from cancer, a sad day indeed. He was a friend and one of great intelligence. Knowing he’s gone diminishes many great memories.


Remembered by Nicki Luca Creatore:

I first knew Bob in first grade at PS 83 in the Bronx, he lived around the corner from me and we would walk home together after school. We reconnected at Davis Elementary in New Rochelle, and then through high school. We last met up at our 50th high school reunion.


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