Robert “Bob” Peter Otten, Sr.

MIDDLEBURY — Robert “Bob” Peter Otten, Sr., 85, of Middlebury, passed away Friday, August 30, 2019, after long illness.

Bob was born September 4, 1933, in Glendale, Queens, N.Y., the son of Albert and Barbara (Greenfelder) Otten. He was a graduate of Lasalle Academy in New York City and Manhattan College, Bronx, N.Y., in 1955, majoring in math/physics.

He was a recipient of a basketball scholarship when Manhattan’s home court was Madison Square Garden. He was elected to Manhattan College’s Athletic Hall of Fame in 2002.

After graduation, a position at Remington Rand and Consolidated Edison allowed Bob to be one of the first employees to work with the original UNIVAC computers, the world’s first totally electronic computer.

Returning to the New York area from Boston, he was employed by the Reader’s Digest in Pleasantville for 27 years in various executive positions in computers and as vice president of corporate distribution, working with the United States Postal Commission. Bob traveled extensively for the Digest. He retired in 1986, but continued as a consultant.

He spent his retirement years with basketball, coaching, golf (including a coveted hole-in-one) and sailing. Bob lived in South Salem and Katonah, N.Y., for 47 years before moving to Middlebury in 2006.

On September 3, 1955, Bob married Loisclaire Scofield of Katonah, N.Y. She predeceased him on September 29, 1979. Also predeceasing him were his parents; his brother, Albert, and his wife, Frances, and their son, Albert Jr.; and his sister-in-law, Sherryl Waterman.

On October 10, 1981, Bob married Rebecca Rich Waterman in Camden, Maine. She survives him, as do daughters Barbara of New York City and Christine (Allan) of Tampa, Fla., and sons, Robert P., Jr., of Windham, N.Y., Derek of Binghamton, N.Y., and Justin (Danielle) of Lansing, Mich., and 12 grandchildren, Kelcey, Hannah, Quinn, Charlotte, Connor, Olivia, Jordan, Mallory, Emma, Sadie, Ella and Maddalyn.

He is also survived by three nieces, seven nephews, brother-in-law Robert Waterman and sister-in-law Sarah (John) Crockett.

There will be no services. Interment will be in Camden, Maine, at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Bob Otten Scholarship Fund at Manhattan College, 4513 Manhattan College Parkway, Riverdale, N.Y. 10471 or a charity of the donor’s choice.

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