Yale '62 - Obituaries - Robert T. Serumgard

Robert T. Serumgard

Born: November 17, 1940
Died: October 23, 1979

Bob Serumgard was killed in a motorcycle accident on October 23, 1979, in Seattle, Washington. He was 38 years of age. Bob, a Commander in the United States Naval Reserve, was buried with full military honors. He was survived by his widow, the former Barbara McNaughton and two sons, Robert Thomas and Mark Porter. He resided in Seattle at the time of his death.

Both Bob and Barbara were born and grew up in the Minneapolis, Minnesota area. Bob came to Yale from West High School in Minneapolis and was a member of Branford College and Phi Gamma Delta. After Bob received his B.A. in Industrial Administration, he spent four years on active duty with the Navy, including tours of duty in Hawaii as Fleet Air Intelligence Officer, and in Vietnam.

After his release from active duty, Bob continued his affiliation with the Naval Reserve rising to the rank of Commander. He began his business career with IBM in Sacramento, California and then relocated in Seattle, Washington working with the University of Washington Hospital Systems Division and the Group Health Program of Puget Sound before joining Seattle First National Bank.

At the time of his death, Bob was Assistant Vice President for Systems Development at the Bank with particular responsibility for international business development. He was very active in the YMCA in Seattle and participated each year in the Seattle Seafair festivities as a clown entertaining the less fortunate and the disabled. He always maintained his lifelong interest in motorcycles.