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Dr. Robert “Bob” Kunz

Posted By Hall-Wynne On May 20, 2016 @ 3:21 pm In Durham,News,Obituaries | 11 Comments

Dr. Robert “Bob” G. Kunz, Ph.D. PE, age 76, died Thursday, May 19, 2016 at Duke Medical Center surrounded by his loving family. Bob was born in Brooklyn, NY to the late Louis J. and Ruth Crandall Kunz on November 20, 1939.

Bob was a Chemical Engineer who specialized in environmental issues. His professional career included work at Air Products and Chemicals, Esso Research and Engineering, and most recently consulting. Bob was the author of 2 technical engineering books, and multiple peer reviewed articles. Bob was a loving father and grandfather, he enjoyed spending time with his family and is most famous for his “Grandpa Bob jokes”.

Bob is survived by his loving wife of 53 years, Maureen Beggs Kunz of Hillsborough, NC; his four children, Dr. Gregory Kunz and wife, Laurie, of San Diego, CA; Dr. Suzanne McIntyre and husband, Jeffrey, of Poolsville, MD; Roberta Fox and husband, Andrew, of Raleigh, NC; and Brian Kunz and wife, Kathy, of Allentown, PA; his brother, Philip Kunz of Mahopac, NY and eleven grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered 12:00 p.m. Monday, May 23, 2016 at St. Matthew Catholic Church with Fr. Thanh Nguyen presiding. A reception in the parish hall will follow the mass. Burial with military honors will be held at a later date in Arlington National Cemetery.

Friends may visit Sunday afternoon from 2:00-4:00 p.m. at Hall-Wynne Funeral Service, 1113 W. Main St. in Durham.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Duke Heart Center, 710 W. Main St., Suite 200, Durham, NC 27701. Please make checks payable to Duke University.

Arrangements for the Kunz family are under the care of Hall-Wynne Funeral Service. Online memorials: www.hallwynne.com.

Condolences for the family of “Dr. Robert “Bob” Kunz”

Condolence from Barbara Taylor Beggs on May 21st, 2016 12:55 am

I am broken hearted over the loss of my beloved brother-in-law, Bob Kunz. He possessed a formidable intellect and an unparalleled wit, yet he was humble, the salt of the earth. The circles of his family, friends, and community members were blessed by his constant warmth, support, faith and comfort. In the arms of the angels, my brother rests, tonight and for all eternity.

Condolence from Barb Milihram on May 21st, 2016 8:01 am

Suzanne & family~
Words can not express how sorry I am to hear of the passing of your dad.

Losing your dad is one of the most profound losses you will ever experience in this life.

Hold tight to the memories. Hold tight to the love he had/has for you and your family. That love will transcend all space and time.

Know that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

Please let me know if I can do anything.

Condolence from Valleri Weyant on May 21st, 2016 9:15 am

My deepest condolences to you and your family Suzanne. My prayers will be with you all.

Condolence from Jan and Michael O’Kane on May 21st, 2016 12:45 pm

Dear Maureen and Family,

Our deepest sympathy for your loss. In the small amount of time we have know you and Robert, we have come to love you both. I will truly miss Robert’s smiling face.
May God grant you and the family His loving peace.

May Robert rest in peace
Jan and Michael O’Kane
St. Matthew Catholic Church member

Condolence from Bob Swigart on May 21st, 2016 12:59 pm

“Dr. Bob” was loved by a large group of environmental professionals at Air Products. He will be sorely missed. Please accept my condolences.

Condolence from Linda Morton on May 21st, 2016 10:02 pm

My mother (Susan Johnson and I (Linda Morton) were so sorry to hear this news. We have attended yoga classes with Bob for the past three years. He was a very sweet and thoughtful man. We have missed him the past two months that we have been back in class after an illness in our family. We never knew that he was so accomplished in his career. He was Bob to us, a fellow classmate trying to stretch and improve balance, but we knew he loved his family. He spoke often of visiting relatives and of his wife, kids and grandkids. We will miss him and send our kindest regards to his family.

Condolence from Will Owens on May 22nd, 2016 9:56 am

Bob used to always have a joke, a great quip or a quote. I for one will truly miss his humor and trusting nature. Here’s a quote I’d like to offer, “No matter what happens in life, be good to people. Being good is the best legacy you can leave behind.”
I can’t think of any one has left a better legacy that Bob. I feel honored to have known him as a good neighbor and friend.

Condolence from Morris and Carol on May 22nd, 2016 7:16 pm

It was great working with Bob I enjoyed working on his Cadilac limo, dodge and mustangs. Our sympathy to the family.

Condolence from Valorie & Edward Lockehart on May 23rd, 2016 8:36 am

Roberta and family
I would like to give our condolence to you and your family.
Remember all the good times. Take Care

Condolence from Jeff Henninger on May 24th, 2016 6:13 pm

I am sorry to hear of Bob’s passing. His sense of humor, especially at the lunch table, was enjoyed by all of his coworkers. He was always willing to mentor, teach and help anyone who was in a jam. I wish there were more Dr. Bobs in the world. My sympathy to your family.

Condolence from Wendy on May 25th, 2016 7:06 pm

Dear Suzanne,

We are saddened by the loss of your dad. He sounded extraordinary on many levels; I really recall the love way you spoke of him

Please be well and take comfort in the good influence he had on you. You are clearly one of the great human beings

Fondly, wendy and art

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