Robert Gerald Wright, 90, of East Windsor died Sunday, March 4, 2018. Robert (Bob, Uncle Bob) was born on February 17, 1928 in Des Moines, Iowa, the second of five children of the late Edward and Joan (Naughton) Wright. He is survived by his wife Doris (Flor), sisters, Rosemary Diamond, Kathryn Lynch, and Margaret Conley, brother, John Wright and their families. He is also survived by his step-children, Maria, Emil, and Marissa and their spouses, children, and grandchildren.
Bob and Doris were married for over 48 years. They met in the Philippines when he was a vice-consul for the State Department, and interviewed her as part of her visa application to study in the U.S. They kept in touch and married after a 10-year courtship.
Bob graduated from Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa, then spent a total of 3 years in two seminaries, interrupted by a stint in the army. He was assigned to an army intelligence unit based in Japan monitoring Russian communications during the Korean War. He then worked as a foreign service officer in the State Department for 16 years, following which he joined the Migration and Refugee Services of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. In the USCCB he first served as an executive officer in Washington, DC, then later as director of the New York office, where he helped lead the Cuban and Vietnamese resettlement program.
During his retirement, Bob enjoyed traveling the world with Doris and spending time visiting his family in Chicago, Florida, and Maryland. He made several religious pilgrimages to Jerusalem, Lourdes, Fatima, Medugorie, and Santiago De Compostella. In the course of his life he studied multiple languages including Latin, Russian, Japanese, Spanish, and Greek. He was a keen observer of political developments in the US and the world. He was a daily communicant at St. Paul’s Church, Princeton.
Family and friends may gather on Saturday, March 17 beginning at 9:30 AM at the Mather Hodge Funeral Home, 40 Vandeventer Avenue, Princeton NJ. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday at 11 AM at St. Paul’s Roman Catholic Church 216 Nassau Street, Princeton NJ. Entombment will follow at Holy Cross Burial Park 840 Cranbury South River Road, East Brunswick NJ. His Celebration of Life will be held at the Nassau Inn 10 Palmer Square East, Princeton NJ from 1-4 PM. In lieu of flowers memorial donations can be made to the local Food Bank or Right to Life organizations.