Robert Spahn

Robert J. Spahn

Friday, July 24th, 1942 - Sunday, May 26th, 2019
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Robert J. Spahn, 75, of Albrightsville, passed away peacefully at home on Sunday, May 26, 2019.

He was the loving husband of Sandra (Moses) Spahn. They recently celebrated their 56th wedding anniversary in April.

Born in Brooklyn, NY, he was the son of the late Harold Spahn and the late Margaret (Lynch) Spahn.

Robert had a true passion for education. He graduated with a PhD in History from the University of Kentucky. For many years he taught over the summer and was part of the ETS (Education Testing Service) out of Princeton University, and was a reader, tester, and question leader. He started his career teaching at the University of Tampa as an Assistant Professor in History. He then taught at Savannah Country Day School in Savannah, GA. He finished his career teaching at Moravian Academy in Bethlehem and retired in 2006. Robert was also a Vietnam Army Veteran. He will be deeply missed by all of his friends and family.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a daughter, Kimberly McIntyre and her companion Scott Cook of Beverly, WV; and two grandchildren, William Gebhardt and Benjamin McIntyre, both of Atlanta, GA. Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Eugene Spahn.

No services are scheduled at this time. Cremation will take place in H.G. Smith Crematory, Stroudsburg.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, 2158 N. Main Ave., Stroudsburg, PA 18360.

Kresge Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
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    H. G. Smith Crematory
    2120 North Fifth St.
    Stroudsburg, PA 18360
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Karen Charmatz

Posted at 04:02pm
I'm so sad to hear of Mr. Spahn's passing. He was one of two teachers at Savannah Country Day School to profoundly impact me. He encouraged me to think, to really think, about history, politics, culture and my own place in this crazy world. I have thought about him often and occasionally would try to find him online but I was never successful in locating him. Reading other people's recollections of Mr. Spahn makes me smile. I hope he and his family knew how impactful he was to so many people!

John Seven

Posted at 06:00pm
Robert was not only my history teacher at Savannah Country Day School in the early 80s, but my advisor and mentor throughout my time there, as well as a friend for some years past until he moved on and we lost touch. I'm very sad to read about his passing, as he was so profoundly influential on the way I have lived my life for the past 35 years, but I am heartened to see that after he and I lost touch, he lived such a rich life.

Lauren Buchsbaum

Posted at 12:57pm
Mr. Spahn was my 10th grade history teacher, 1977 SCDS. I was struggling and uncomfortable around that age and he reached out to me warmly. As an adult I thought of him often and didn’t know how to get in touch to thank him for his kindness. I used to bring prune danish from Gottlieb’s to his office and we would nosh and talk. I remember him so fondly. Love to all who were close to him!

Posted at 07:05am
Throughout life we meet so many people, but Robert Spahn was one of a kind. Before the age of seventeen, I had never met anyone like him. He was a person passionate about finding that part of a student’s brain that needed to be turned on-and once he found it, he wanted it to be turned on at the highest level. He taught me how to think for myself and how to write a paper. He never sugar-coated anything, but I always looked forward to going to his classes. We would open up the sliding door to the classroom on a warm day, and it wasn’t unusual for him to conduct class outdoors under the trees.
I think of him often. (And, at the age of 52, I still have yet to meet anyone like him.).
It was an honor to have him as a teacher.

David Norris

Posted at 11:34pm
Mr Spahn was an inspiration to this young high schooler almost 40 years ago. I will forever be grateful to him for his guidance, his desire to push us, his wit, and of course his political rants, which make more sense to me now. I think about him often as I’m teaching my History classes, wondering how he would react to various classroom situations. I’m happy to say that a little bit of Robert Spahn lives on in my classroom. -David Norris

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