Rockefeller College Remembers Robert Mauro

Robert Mauro

Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy is sad to announce that Robert “Bob” Mauro, PhD ’09 passed away on October 31 at the age of 46 after an extended illness. Bob was an alumnus and active member of Rockefeller College’s Advisory Board. He also earned the University at Albany Alumni Association’s Excellence in Education Award in 2016.

“Bob was a staunch supporter of the college and a dedicated alumnus,” said Interim Dean Julie Novkov. “We appreciated his insights and contributions to the Rockefeller College Advisory Board.”

A native of Medford, Mass., Bob earned degrees from the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth, McGill University, and held a doctorate in political science from Rockefeller College where he completed a dissertation investigating the functions of Northern Irish ideology.

As executive director of the Irish Institute and founding director of the Global Leadership Institute at Boston College, Dr. Mauro created sustainable opportunities for the college to grow innovatively and profitably in its global reach and impact. While his work took him all over the world, Bob's most significant contributions came in strengthening ties between people in the Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland, and Boston.  

He is survived by his wife, Barbara Pyke; his beloved daughters, Dara and Tess; his parents, sister, and his extended family in the United States and Ireland.

A trust will be established for the benefit of his daughters. Contributions can be made through a GoFundMe account or by check made payable to Barbara Pyke (with memo: for Dara and Tess) and mailed to Nolan & King LLC, 510 Boston Post Road, Weston, MA 02493.

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