Bob Munn remembered: A great guy, great counsel

By CAROLINE MURRAY

caroline.murray@recordernews.com

BROADALBIN -- Former Broadalbin-Perth Central School District Superintendent and coach Robert Munn passed away Tuesday morning at the age of 67.

"Many of us are fortunate to have had Bob as a teacher, coach or principal, and carry fond memories of his infectious smile and laugh," current Superintendent Stephen Tomlinson said a message sent to faculty and staff. "He was just a great guy and an incredible family man who will be missed by so many in the B-P community, and across the region."

Munn was employed by the district for 38 years before retiring in March 2006.

He started his career as a physical education teacher in the Broadalbin school system, and worked his way up the ranks. He was selected to lead the district in November 2002, following the retirement of Harry Brooks.

"He definitely was a great friend and a great guy. We are all sad to hear this today," Brooks said.

Brooks said Munn was his assistant superintendent and they worked together to help merge the Broadalbin and Perth schools.

Throughout Munn's career, Brooks said Munn impacted the students' lives, as well as his own.

"He was a great counsel to me. As I was superintendent, it was lonely. I had to look to someone to give me consistent and honest advice, and that is what Bob was known for. He spoke the truth, and told it like it was. I really felt I was a better superintendent because I had the opportunity to work with Bob Munn," Brooks said. "He was the best."

Munn publicly announced his retirement at a 2006 board of education meeting.

"The board of education gave me tremendous opportunities for leadership. I hope I didn't disappoint them. I hope that I influenced a lot of children in their education and their life," he said at the time. "There's a number of factors, as I look back, that give me a lot of satisfaction."

The Broadalbin-Perth High School gymnasium was named after Munn following his retirement.

The Robert C. Munn Gymnasium will not only serve as a reminder of Munn's dedication to the school district, but a memorial for the students, faculty and staff, who were touched by his life.

"He was really such a force at the athletic programs as a coach and school leader, it was fitting the gym would be named for him," Brooks said. "As we look into the future, he will be remembered by all he did in terms of athletics."

Munn was a Newport native. He graduated from Ithaca College and received a master's degree from the State University of New York at Albany.

He is survived by his high school sweetheart and wife of 46 years, Judith A. Hart Munn, his daughter, Kristen Seelow of Johnstown, and two sons, Donald Munn of Fairport, and Timothy Munn of Amsterdam, his mother Dorothy Munn of Newport and a sister Glenna Pryor of Newport.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Tuesday at 11 a.m. at St. Joseph's Church, Broadalbin. Munn's obituary appears on Page 6.