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2001 Nocturnes | NVSA
Chair: Robert M. DeGraaff (St. Lawrence U)
Canton NY Rotary - Member Profiles
Robert DeGraaff  Bob was born in Milwaukee in 1942, and moved to Lake Geneva, WI, at age 4.
When he was 15, his family moved to Denver, where he graduated from Denver Christian High in 1960.
Bob earned a BA in Education (English major) from Calvin College (Grand Rapids, MI) in 1964; an MA in English from Miami (Ohio) in 1966; and a Ph.D. in English Literature from Duke University in 1972.
Between the last two degrees, Bob taught at SLU (1966 to 69), returning after Duke to spend his whole teaching career there (1972 to 2008); he served a term as Chair of the English Dept. and a stint as Director of the London Program, and is now Emeritus Professor of English.
He was married to Judy Shapiro from 1967 to 1999, with two children: David (b. 1971), and Kathleen (b. 1974).
He is now married to Prof. Sarah Gates (since 2001), and has two step-children, (Max, b. 1989, and Emma, b. 1994).
Bob is a secular humanist who enjoys gardening, tennis, weight training, fishing, and writing poetry.
"As I get older, I value ...
"As I get older, I value benches more and more," said Rotary Club member Robert M. DeGraaff, who spearheaded the project.
"We sort of jumped at the chance when Mary said we could have those benches," Mr. DeGraaff
The benches were in rough shape when Mr. DeGraaff
decided he'd try to recycle them for village use.
They had been stored for several years in the woods behind a golf course maintenance building.
"When I first looked at them, I thought maybe we could try to renew the wood.
When I looked again, I realized the wood was pretty far gone," said Mr. DeGraaff, a 68-year-old retired SLU English professor.
decided to remove the wood from the benches' legs and replace it with treated lumber that will be stained annually, starting next year.
On Thursday, Mr. DeGraaff and Rotary Club President Ryan T. Niles mounted 49 boards - seven for each bench - onto large concrete legs retrieved from each end of the original benches.
Canton Rotary Club member Robert M. DeGraaff, Canton, assembles a wooden bench Thursday using the concrete legs from old benches formerly used at the St. Lawrence University golf course. The new benches will be placed at various sites throughout the village.
Canton Rotary Club member Robert M. DeGraaff, Canton, assembles a wooden bench Thursday using the concrete legs from old benches formerly used at the St. Lawrence University golf course.
The new benches will be placed at various sites throughout the village.
Three Poems by Robert DeGraaff
3 Poems by Robert DeGraaff
is one of my favourite poets.
He is also a professor of Victorian Literature at St. Lawrence University (Canton, New York).
also tills an enormous garden, which is only one of the many places where he
"communes with Bufo americanus whenever I get the chance.
I am so besotted with this book and the poems and prose of Robert DeGraaff
, that I wrote to him to tell him so, and thus began my love affair with his
"Elegy for Brussels Sprouts", "Serial Killers", and "No Parking in Cambridge, Mass." copyright © February 2006 by Robert DeGraaff
This is the 1st world appearance for each of these works.
These poems appears here with thanks to Robert DeGraaff
, whose payment was less than a brass razoo.
CANTON — When his choral group ...
CANTON — When his choral group disbanded several years ago, Robert M. DeGraaff realized how much he missed singing.
So the retired St. Lawrence University
English professor decided to start a new chamber group and the outcome has been even better than he
“We’ve gelled really well together,” Mr. DeGraaff
“We’re hoping to get a good turnout,” Mr. DeGraaff
“We’re going to have a variety of a capella music from the 16th century to the present.”
Members are sopranos Jennifer Vincent-Barwood, Lenore VanderZee and Camilla Ammirati; altos Sarah Gates and Julie Pomainville; tenors Alan Wioskowski, Christopher Rediehs, Rob Carr and Mr. DeGraaff, who serves as manager, and basses Phillip Shatraw, Juan Ponce-Vazquez and Trevor White.
“I think we’re filling a cultural niche,” Mr. DeGraaff
said, “I think it’s a good community service, and we’re also having fun singing.