Published Assembly Sep '90
Robert Foster Hewett, Jr. No.15937 Class of 1946
Died 26 November 1988 in Fort Walton Beach, Florida, aged 67
years. Interment: Barancas National Cemetery, Pensacola, Florida.
Robert Foster Hewett, Jr. was born in Jacksonville,
Florida on 12 September 1921, the son of Robert F. and Frances
Hewett. He graduated from the Lee H. Edwards High School, Asheville,
North Carolina, and attended the University of North Carolina
in Chapel Hill for three years prior to entering the United States
Military Academy. He graduated from the Academy in 1946. An Infantry
officer, he served with the 11th Airborne in Sapporo, Japan,
and with the 187th Regimental Combat team in Korea in 1950-51,
having been twice wounded. Later, he applied for the Army's Foreign
Area Specialist Training Program. In connection with this program,
he completed requirements for his master's degree in Far Eastern
history, which was conferred by Stanford University in 1953.
He graduated from the Army Language School (Japanese) in Monterey,
California, and was assigned to the United States Embassy, Office
of the Military Attache, Tokyo, Japan (1953-56), where he continued
to study the language, with extensive travel and study throughout
Asia as a member of the Embassy Military Attache's Office. Upon
his return from Tokyo he was assigned to the Pentagon, Washington,
DC. He enrolled in evening courses at the American University
and received his Ph.D. in history, June 1985. Staff assignments
included Department of Army General Staff; command assignments
included regimental command and liaison officer to Seventh United
States Army, Germany. He was director and professor in the Command
and Staff Department, US Army Security Agency Training Center
and School, Fort Devens, Massachusetts.
Since military retirement in July 1966, he was
successively professor of history, chairman of the department,
and director of the Social Sciences Division at Franklin Pierce
College, Rindge, New Hampshire, where he served for ten years.
Later, he was director of a branch of Pepperdine University on
Paris Island, South Carolina. At the time of his death in his
home on Santa Rosa Boulevard, Fort Walton Beach, Florida, he
was involved in writing a novel.
"Pappy," as he was affectionately addressed
by his friends, was married to Irene Long Kitch, in Tokyo Japan
in 1948 and was the father of three children, an infant daughter
buried in Sapporo, Japan; another daughter, Mary Beth Williams,
Bangor, Maine, and a son, Robert Foster III, Paris, France. There
will never he another "Pappy" Hewett. I am honored
to have known and loved him.