Retired manager had strong sense of duty
When doctors diagnosed Robert Bayne with Alzheimer's, he knew he had a short time to live.
“Dad never felt sorry for himself,” said his daughter, Robin Hebert of Dallas. “He volunteered to participate in clinical studies at UPMC Montefiore in Oakland, in helping to find a cure for Alzheimer's.”
Upon his death, she said, it was arranged for her father's brain to go to the clinic for researchers to utilize in studies that might help others.
Robert Andrew Bayne of Monroeville, a retired manager of business systems for Westinghouse Electric Corp., died on Saturday, Oct. 20, 2012, in Family Hospice in Lawrenceville. He was 76.
In 1954, after graduation from West Deer High School, where he earned a football scholarship, Mr. Bayne played football, first at Slippery Rock University and then at Southeastern State University in Durant, Okla., while a member of the Army National Guard.
But family obligations and a call to active duty took preference to completing his college education and fulfilling his football scholarship.
“Like my dad said, his country came first,” Hebert said.
“Bob was called to active duty in 1961 during the Berlin crisis,” said his wife, Maureen “Bonnie” Elizabeth Butler Bayne, whom he married in 1960. “Although he served stateside, we lived in several areas of the country.”
After his discharge from active duty in 1964, Mr. Bayne went to work for U.S. Steel Corp. while attending evening classes at Duquesne University to complete his education. The degree enabled him later to join Westinghouse.
“I can still remember Dad dozing off at the kitchen table, doing his homework after working all day and attending school at night,” Hebert said. “But he set an example for my brother Bob and my sister Leigh, that hard work and perseverance were the key to a successful life. We all earned college degrees.”
Mr. Bayne's interest in setting goals for young people became well known, his daughter said. Mr. Bayne was a Cub Scout leader, Midget Football coach and volunteer who helped disabled children prepare to participate in the Special Olympics.
In addition to his wife Maureen and daughter Robin, Mr. Bayne is survived by daughter Leigh Roche of East Hills, son Robert Andrew Bayne II of Murrysville and four grandchildren. A brother, Richard Bayne, preceded him in death.
A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday in Gene H. Corl Inc. Funeral Chapel & Cremation Center of Monroeville, 4335 Northern Pike, with the Rev. David Hernden of First Unitarian Church in Shadyside officiating. Interment will follow in Grandview Cemetery, North Versailles.
Jerry Vondas is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-320-7823 or email@example.com.