Robert A. "Bob" Hoover, 89, died peacefully July 24, 2012, at Gordon Hospice House in Statesville, N.C.
Bob was born April 20, 1923, to the late Anson and Grace Hoover of Theresa, N.Y. He graduated from Theresa High School and worked in civil service before entering the Army Aviation Cadet Program in 1942. He served in World War II as a B-26 bomber pilot, flying 46 missions in Europe. After the war, he was an Air Force Academy Liaison Officer in the AF Reserves and retired at the rank of Major.
Bob attended St. Lawrence University in Canton, N.Y., earning a BS in Psychology and Master's Degree in Education. His 30-year career in education began as a high school math and science teacher in Dexter, N.Y., then North Syracuse, where he was promoted to Vice Principal. He was Principal of the Glens Falls High School and Assistant to the Superintendent of the Warren County BOCES. Bob retired after serving as Principal of Johnstown High School. While living in Johnstown, he was President of the Rotary Club and a founder, crew member, and President of the Johnstown Area Volunteer Ambulance Corps.
Bob and his wife, Allene retired to Statesville, N.C., in 1981. They travelled throughout the United States and visited 25 foreign countries. Bob also worked part time at Compu-Smith and at Mitchell College as a computer professor. He volunteered with the United Way, Red Cross, and Habitat for Humanity and served over 30 years in the AARP Tax Aide program as a preparer, instructor, and District Coordinator. He also volunteered at Davis Hospital accruing nearly 1500 hours of service.
Bob was preceded in death by his wife, Allene Hoover. He is survived by his daughter, Roberta Weathers of Nashua, N.H., and grandson, John Weathers; and by his daughter, Carla Snyder of Gansevoort, N.Y., her husband, David Snyder and grandsons, Aaron and Ethan Snyder.
Memorial services were held on July 27, at Wesley Memorial Methodist Church in Statesville, N.C., and on August 3, at Trinity United Methodist Church in Wilton, N.Y., followed by burial, with military honors, at the Gerald Solomon National Cemetery in Saratoga, N.Y.