Robert H. Caldwell Jr., a member of a prominent family in East Tennessee long-known for its love for people and philanthropy, died unexpectedly after suffering a heart attack on Saturday, December 25, 2010. He was 61.
Bobby, a native of Lookout Mountain, was a member of the Lookout Mountain All-Star baseball team that played in the 1961 Little Boys Baseball World Series which was held on Lookout Mountain. He was educated at The McCallie School, The Hill School in Pottstown, Pa., and graduated with a degree in history from Princeton University.
As a member of a fun-loving family that includes siblings and many cousins, Bobby's zest and his great love for his family was reflected in his compassion for everyone he met. He loved jokes and laughter and cherished many rich and deep friendships that reached from coast to coast.
He was active in community and civic endeavors, and at the time of death, was serving as the chairman of the Hospice Foundation of Chattanooga.
He was an ardent outdoorsman, whether fishing or hunting with his many friends or playing golf with his fun-loving buddies. He admired the grace and beauty of fine art, was a vociferous reader, and had great love for animals, nature and his beautiful surroundings.
He was an investment advisor for most of his adult life, and had served on many boards in an effort to make our city a better place to live.
He was a member of the Mountain City Club, the Fairyland Club and several other organizations. He was a trustee of The McCallie School, the Good Shepherd School, and vice chairman of St. Nicholas School, where he was recently honored with the Stanyarne Burrows Award.
A devout Christian, he not only took an active role in his church, but demonstrated a Christian spirit on a daily basis. He admired and respected those of different religions, creed and race and had great compassion for his fellow man.
He was recently married to Gina Rulon-Miller, and following a honeymoon at Key West, Fla., was enjoying life as never before. He and Gina had dated while he was at Princeton, and after a 38-year lull, realized they had waited too long.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, L. Hardwick Caldwell and Eleanor Williams Caldwell, and his mother, Sharon (Sherry) Stevenson Caldwell.
He is survived by his his father, Robert H. Caldwell, his wife, and his son, William McCormack Caldwell. In addition, he is survived by three sisters, Betsy (Jay) Dalgliesh of Charlottesville, Va.; Chrissy (Michael) Zimmerman of Greenwich, Conn.; and Sherry (Dudley) West of Nashville. Nephews and nieces are Caldwell Zimmerman, Lizzie Zimmerman, Russell Zimmerman, Betsy West and Mary West. He was particularly fond of two uncles, Hardwick and Bill, and relished annual Florida outings with his extended family and his delightful cousins.
Funeral services will be held at the Church of the Good Shepherd on Lookout Mountain on Tuesday, Dec. 28, with the Rev. Robert Childress and the Rev. Samuel Payne officiating.
Visitation will be from 3–4 p.m. with a memorial service at 4 p.m.
Visit www.heritagefh.com to share words of comfort to the family.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made to a charity of your choice.
Arrangements are being handled by Heritage Funeral Home, 7454 East Brainerd Road, Chattanooga, Tn. 37421.