General Information

Full Name: Robert Paul Volyn
Date of Death: Friday, May 10, 2024

Robert was born August 5, 1930, in Brooklyn, New York to Paul and Grace Volyn. He graduated from Hawthorne High School in 1948 having excelled on the basketball court and where he participated in many student activities. He studied at Kansas University and then Upsala College, graduating with an economics degree in 1953.  He married Marilyn Hertzberg of Fair Lawn, NJ in 1953 with whom he happily shared the next 70 years.

Shortly after their marriage he was called to serve in the US Army for the next two years including one year in Germany. Upon his return he worked in the medical device industry while earning degrees in Engineering Management and an MBA from Farleigh Dickinson University. Changing careers, he joined the economics faculty at Upsala College and then Wagner College where he remained until retirement in 1994. While managing a full-time teaching load, he obtained his PhD from New York University in 1980.

Education, both for himself and for the benefit of his many students, was the passion of his life. He was fascinated by the world around him whether through the lens of history, science, architecture, literature or any of the other arts and sciences that grabbed his attention. He immersed himself in these pursuits with great elan until his death.

Robert leaves behind his wife Marilyn, sons Dane, Todd (wife Vickie), and Jeff (wife Lois), six grandchildren and a great grandson.

In lieu of flowers please make donations to the cancer organization of your choice or Books for the Blind.

Service Information

Internment Will Be Private.



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  1. Beverly Hope

    I have such fond memories of Uncle Bob. I am so thankful to have spent time with him the last year. On my last visit, I was so taken with how he and your mom interacted with each other with such love. He was one of my favorite people and I am truly going to miss him. My heartfelt condolences to you all.

  2. Anya Volyn

    Grandpa; one of many memories that come to mind when I think of you. Fondest moments were when we all sat in your family room with the projection screen on and old pictures and film were shared. Moments of laughter filled the house, tears were wiped from pure joy. In these memories; I will hold dear. Thank you for your love and wisdom.

  3. Bart & Lisa Di Peri

    Marilyn, our deepest condolences to you and your family at this most difficult time. Bob was always a pleasant person to talk to and always had a smile on his face. From the time we first moved up here we use to watching Bob do his laps around the court rain or shine. We’re proud to say that we knew him and he will always be in our thoughts and prayers, God bless him, RIP.


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