Robert Louis Massard
Robert Louis Massard
September 10, 1925 - April 25, 2013
Robert Massard of Wellesley Hills, MA, passed peacefully surrounded by family on April 25, 2013 at age 87 of congestive heart failure. He was the son of the late Frank L. and Ruth E. Massard, and brother of the late Richard Massard, and grew up on 349 5th Street in Ouray, Colorado.
Bob’s father, Frank, was a partner in the Ouray Post Office Drug Store with Albert Schneider from 1920-1963. Frank was mayor of Ouray in the 1970’s. Ruth taught high school in town and served as Superintendent of Ouray Schools for several years. Fifty-three years ago, Ruth named the Annual Artists’ Alpine Holiday, an annual art show held each summer, one of the oldest in Colorado.
In 1943, Bob enlisted in the US Navy V-12 Officer’s Training Program and graduated in 1945 from the University of Colorado with a degree in Electrical Engineering. After serving in the Pacific, he received a Masters Degree in Electronics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology working on the Whirlwind Computer project. There he met Ann Connor, and discovered a life-long sweetheart. Bob was one of the engineer-founders of Computer Control Company (3C) in 1953, and started Financial-Technical Assistance (Fin-Tech) in 1969, both located in Massachusetts. He had a great interest in genealogy, published many volumes with The New England Historic & Genealogical Society and served as a Trustee of the Society.
Bob and Ann travelled extensively in Europe and the Caribbean including family trips visiting ancestral homelands of Ireland and Switzerland. Bob and family returned to Ouray nearly each year to visit with his late parents, Frank L. and Ruth E. Massard and his first cousin, Verena Jacobson. He was the beloved husband of Ann Connor Massard for 63 years and father of Victoria McCormick (husband Stephen) of Shelburne Falls, MA; Pamela Tisch (husband David) of Cobleskill, NY; Gregg Massard (wife Valerie) of Sagamore Beach, MA and Wendy Hakken (husband Joel) of Ann Arbor, MI. Also survived by nine loving grandchildren: Erich (Alison), Emilie and Gretchen Tisch, Matt and Tim McCormick, Andrew and Julia Massard, Dillon and Darby Hakken.