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Robert Highbarger (1929-2013)


A Tribute by Art and Jan Holzheimer

Robert Highbarger, a long-time member of SHD, died at age 84 on May 23, 2013 after a long battle with cancer.  Bob served as vice-president of SHD from 1997 – 1999 and president from 1999 – 2001.  He was an active member of the International Map Collectors’ Society, the Texas Map Society and the Washington Map Society (where he was a twice president).

Bob was born in Muscatine, Iowa, where he met and married his high school sweetheart, Virginia Isaacs.  He received his BA from Northwestern University and his MS from the University of Iowa.  He worked at NSA for 35 years as a cryptologist and rose to the rank of section chief. Needless to say, he was a whiz at solving crossword puzzles!

Bob and his family spent time in both Germany and England while he worked at NSA and travelled throughout Europe during that period.  After his retirement from NSA, he worked at Cray for seven years.
Bob was an avid collector of maps and globes as well as minerals.

Bob planned detailed driving trips throughout the United States and Canada (many in conjunction with SHD meetings) and he and Ginny visited historical sites and National Parks wherever they travelled. Bob was a connoisseur of both wine and beer and their travels included dinners at carefully researched gourmet restaurants as well as beer pubs.

Bob is survived by Ginny, his wife of 64 years, his daughters, CynthiaObermaier and Lynn Roberts, his son, Lane Highbarger and grandchildren, Natalie Obermaier, Phillip and Megan Roberts and Anders and Jeroen Highbarger.