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PostRemembering Bob McCabe (Randy Black, USA, 03/26/16 4:20 am)
It is with tremendous sadness that I note the March 9 passing of WAIS veteran Robert McCabe in Paris.
I had the great pleasure of sharing several hours of conversation and a couple of bottles of red wine with Bob and Susan McCabe at their home in Paris' 7th Arrondissement during my March 2014 trip.
The McCabe's home overlooks Hôtel des Invalides, the 16th century veterans' hospital and old soldiers' residence, and the final resting place of Napoleon. Across the street is Bob and Susan's home, purchased in the 1980s, and which features a nearly 360-degree penthouse view of the City of Lights.
Bob and Susan graciously hosted me for several hours with stories about their lives and adventures in Paris, Normandy, Hong Kong and elsewhere. As a deputy editor of The International Herald Tribune, and earlier as Newsweek Bureau Chief in Hong Kong, Bob covered the Vietnam War and thousands of other stories. I was mesmerized for hours and wished I could have stayed longer. I would have cancelled the rest of my trip just to listen to Bob's tales of his global travels and the many interesting individuals whom he met and interviewed during his notable career.
Bless his generosity and the memories he passed on to me that evening.
The NY Times announcement:
McCABE--Robert Karr, 86, born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, died in Paris, France on March 9 of complications following hip surgery. Devoted husband of Susan Meek McCabe. Beloved father of Kari, Alexander and Marit McCabe, stepfather to Trip Stocker, Amanda Stocker, Chris Stocker, Carey Davies and Lisa Greaves, and grandfather to their numerous children. Witty and erudite, inventor and forgiver of many a bad pun, Bob was a veteran foreign correspondent who began his overseas career as Newsweek's Hong Kong bureau chief in the early 1960s, covering the Vietnam war, China and Southeast Asia. He forged lifelong friendships in Asia and later in New York, where he worked for Time magazine, and in Paris, his home of more than four decades, where he rose to deputy editor of the International Herald Tribune. A proud Dartmouth graduate ('51), he and Susan spent their retirement years in Paris and Normandy. A memorial service will be held on April 15 at the American Cathedral of Paris.
JE comments: Randy sent three photos, of him and Bob, of Susan and Bob, and of the spectacular view from their balcony. Rest in peace, Bob McCabe.
Randy Black and Robert McCabe, March 12, 2014
Susan and Bob McCabe, Paris, March `14