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Robert R. Bonn

Obituary for Robert R. Bonn

April 22, 1952 - June 26, 2020
Kenosha, Wisconsin | Age 68


Robert R. Bonn, 68, of Kenosha, WI, formerly of Rockland, MA passed away unexpectedly on Friday, June 26, 2020 at Freodtert South Pleasant Prairie.

Bob was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia on April 22, 1952 and was the son of Irene (Conrad) Bonn and the late Roy Bonn. He was married to the love of his life, Michele (Yung) Bonn in 1974. In addition to his wife Michele and mother Irene he is survived by his sons Ryan (Christine) Bonn and Steven (Meaghan) Bonn; grandchildren Alec and Bradyn, brother Gary (Mary Catherine) Bonn and sister Karen Bonn (Michael Lotti), as well as many aunts, uncles, cousins, nephews and nieces.

Robert was a proud graduate of Rockland High School ('70), and pursued a stellar athletic career at the University of Connecticut ('74). He obtained his Masters Degree from Springfield College ('75) and a Ph.D. in sport psychology and sociology from Boston University ('83). He began his teaching career at Westwood High School (MA) and was the head coach of the boys' basketball team. He went on to coach at the collegiate level at Western New Mexico University, Framingham State College and Pacific University, where he was head men's basketball coach, athletics director and chair of the department of physical education. In 1992 Bob became the athletic director and department chair for exercise and sport science at Carthage College, Kenosha, WI, until he retired in 2018.

Under Bob's leadership Carthage College raised 117 banners signifying a conference championship or top-eight national finish, and added nine NCAA sports (five for women). In addition, Bob spearheaded more than$50 million in facility renovations and built a $3 million endowment.

In 2019 Robert was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Association of Athletic Development Directors (NAADD) and was admitted to the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) Hall of Fame. In 2005 Bob was inducted into the Rockland High School Athletic Hall of Fame, and in 2007 was honored as the Division III West Region Athletic Director of the Year by GeneralSports TURF systems.

Bob's greatest joy was spending time with family and golfing as much as his schedule would allow. His contributions to his family and the greater community will be sorely missed.

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