Robert M. Peart
November 11, 1925 - December 25, 2020
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West Lafayette, IN 47906
Thursday 12/31, 11:00 am

Robert M. Peart, 95, of West Lafayette, passed away on Friday, December 25, 2020 at Westminster Village in West Lafayette.  He was born November 11, 1925, in Annawan, IL, to the late Gail and Alice (Crosland) Peart. Robert was a veteran of the Army Air Corps during WWII.  He received his PhD from Purdue University…

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Otto J Loewer left a message on February 8, 2021:
There are people who greatly impact one's life in ways never expected. Bob Peart was one of those people for my wife Betty and me. I first met Bob when I was considering graduate programs in Agricultural Engineering. He became my major professor for my PhD work at Purdue and personified the model of what a major professor should be. Bob was connected to so many professionals across the US and elsewhere, and as a result, I was able to get to know these individuals as well. Just one example was that Bob went out of his way to introduce me the Department Chair at the University of Kentucky that eventually led to my first faculty position. At Purdue, he and Virginia were so kind to my wife Betty and me in so many ways. He even visited my family's farm in Arkansas on his way to the ASAE meeting in Hot Springs, something I greatly appreciated. Many years later, we would be professional colleagues at the University of Florida where we continued our friendship. He was truly an outstanding professional and a person of great ability, integrity, and Christian character. I continue to appreciate all he did for me, and I will certainly miss him greatly.
David Smith left a message on January 24, 2021:
In the summer of 1965, Bob Peart (on left) took four Purdue agricultural engineering students to a month long undergraduate engineering design workshop at M. I. T.
Richard Fluck left a message on January 4, 2021:
Bob and I were colleagues at the University of Florida as well as close friends. My PhD dissertation at NC State University was an application based on his PhD dissertation at Purdue University. Our youngest, Susan, in 1970, took her first steps in their living room in West Lafayette, IN. After their moving to Gainesville, we were together at Trinity UMC, our Sunday School class, and our small couples group which met each Tuesday evening. We sadly helped Bob and Virginia overload their car (in 2013?) when they moved back to West Lafayette. Bob and Virginia were special people!
William E. Field left a message on January 3, 2021:
Thank you Bob for all you did to make ABE a great place to work and one of the great departments in the world. You always had time to be an encouragement to both students and staff.
Ted Peart left a message on January 3, 2021:
Thank you to everyone for sharing your kind words and those wonderful remembrances of Dad (and of Mother too). Dad was laid to rest yesterday reunited with Mother at the old cemetery near the farm where he grew up. Together our memories, our stories, are what make up the beautiful legacy of Bob Peart. God Bless! -Ted & Eileen
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Geralfd Isaacs left a message on December 30, 2020:
Bob was a real professional and a good friend. An early innovator, he was teaching about things like artificial intelligence over 30 years ago. Now its becoming commonplace, something we hear about on TV nearly every day.
Larry Gaultney left a message on December 30, 2020:
Dr. Peart lived life as it should be lived; he cared for everyone and was admired by those who knew him. If everyone he helped personally could stand in a line, the line would disappear in the distance. If the line included everyone who was impacted by his spirit and caring attitude through those he impacted directly, the line would never end. His reunion with loved ones in heaven will be wonderful.
Ky VanKerrebroeck left a message on December 30, 2020:
Condolences to Ted and entire Peart family. Sad to hear of Uncle Bob's passing. So many great memories of him and Aunt Virginia. I'll always cherish the time my boys and I arrived in South Haven to meet up with them at Sherman's. It was early afternoon and they were on their way back home. Before leaving they had to treat us to ice cream! They also took the time to buy matchbox cars for the boys. The kids just thought that was the greatest! A very special man and a very special couple. I'm lucky to have had them in my life all these years.
Bob Stwalley left a message on December 30, 2020:
He was a wonderful instructor and part of the finest generation of Americans, ever. I had him as an undergraduate, and then Carol and I had him together in graduate school. He was so friendly and upbeat that you couldn't help but love to be there.
Prof Gary Krutz left a message on December 30, 2020:
Sad to hear about Bob passing His office was two over from me at Purdue Always a happy person Had great life and took me fishing trout at cedar key Florida!!!
Bob Moon left a message on December 30, 2020:
Dear Ted, Aunt Audrey and Peart family, I am so saddened by Uncle Bob's passing, although I expect that he and Aunt Virginia are already planning their next car trip somewhere in Heaven. So many great memories of spending every Thanksgiving with the Indiana Pearts! The last time I talked to Uncle Bob by phone, I asked him now that they were back in W. Lafayette, whether he was a Gator, a Boilermaker, or a "Boiler-Gator" and got that wonderful laugh of his. Like Gail and Grandma, he was so unassuming and kind, and such a huge intellect! Heaven is a little bit lighter and happier tonight.
Anella McFee left a message on December 29, 2020:
Bob Peart was a gentle-man, in every sense of the world. My heart is warmed every time I think of Bob's gentle spirit and genuine smile. He was one of the few people I have known, whose face bore a smile, even in repose. Bill and I knew the Pearts for many years: first at Purdue, then at University of Florida, then back at Purdue again. During our year of sabbatical in Florida, the Pearts housed and fed us in their home numerous times and introduced us to their alive-and-well church, where we found a joyful and refreshing spiritual home.
Otto Doering left a message on December 29, 2020:
Bob mentored me for the first decade of my career at Purdue. His pathbreaking work on simulation modeling allowed our group from across agriculture to ask the important "what if" questions about growing crops in a changing world of climate and resources. We looked into the future over forty years ago. We were among the first to do this. It was exciting and Bob was great fun to work with. He even got me to buy a sailboat. Kind, Thoughtful, Stimulating and just great to be around.
Phil Alexander left a message on December 29, 2020:
My name is Philip Alexander. I live in Geneseo, IL. I was looking through the paper this morning and saw Dr Peart's obit. He was the first exposure I had to the Purdue Ag Engr department in 1970 as a freshman in an introductory class that he taught. It was a very positive experience. He had a lot of energy and enthusiasm for his subject and his students. I retired from John Deere in 2013 and have lived in Geneseo since 1986.. I never realized he grew up in this area and so close to where I live now. Dr. Peart gave me a great start at Purdue and the engineering world and I will forever be grateful. My thoughts and prayers are with your family.
David Smith left a message on December 28, 2020:
I wanted to express my sincere sympathy to the family. I had Bob as an agricultural engineering professor at Purdue in the mid 1960's. I got the chance to know him better when I was one of four Purdue ag engineering students that accompanied him, Virginia and their two sons to a month long workshop at MIT in the summer of 1965. Then I went with Bob to the ASAE Summer Meeting in Saskatoon in 1967. I always enjoyed visiting with him at later ASAE national meetings. He was a great teacher and an even better person. All of his many agricultural engineering friends will miss him and his great smile and laugh.
Sharon Hoey Fueger left a message on December 28, 2020:
Ted & family, I am so sorry for your loss. It was so strange that my Heather found the notice in the paper ( she said I know that name ) as two other friends, family died this week. Cheries sisters husband also died I hope you and your mother as I know you will be loved by the children & grandchildren. Love, Sharon
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