Robert Raine Stirling, 79

Traveled extensively in Europe, Far East

Robert Raine Stirling, son of Robert Henderson Stirling and Erminie Ina Raine Stirling, born April 7, 1933, died Jan. 11, at his home in Redding. A member of the Dartmouth College Class of 1955, Mr. Stirling interrupted his studies to join the Marine Corps, where he was a drill instructor at Parris Island, S.C. and served in Korea.

He returned to Dartmouth and graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a bachelor’s degree in business administration and went on to receive a master’s of business administration cum laude from Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth in 1958.

Mr. Stirling worked for IBM for 30 years, including assignments in Paris and Tokyo. In 1989 he joined Drake Beam Morin, an outplacement services company, as senior vice president and managing director of the Hartford office. He retired in 1996 and joined the Board of Directors of STRIVE Fairfield, County, Inc., a non-profit job training organization.

While working with IBM, Bob traveled extensively in Europe and the Far East and vacationed in India, Kenya, Egypt and Australia. His favorite places were Paris and Hawaii. He enjoyed woodworking, fishing, boating, reading, good food and wine. He will always be remembered sitting in his favorite La-Z-Boy chair in front of a roaring fire. He was especially proud of his Scottish heritage. He cherished his family and was dearly loved by them all, his family said.

Mr. Stirling is survived by his wife, Rita Judd Stirling; his children and their spouses: Marjorie and Tim Godfrey (Lebanon, N.H.), Sharon and Stephen Cadden (Norwalk, ), Susan and Mike Antonovich (Weston), Scott and Eileen Stirling (Easton), Jeff Stirling (Ipswich, Mass.); eight grandchildren: Elizabeth and Jenna Godfrey, Christopher Cadden, Michael and Katie Antonovich, Tyler, Cory and Haley Stirling; his sister Joyce Ann Wyatt; his nephews Martin Wyatt, Doug Wyatt and Harrison Judd; and his grandnephew David Wyatt.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, Jan. 19, at 2 p.m. at the United Methodist Church of New Canaan, 165 South Ave., New Canaan, CT 06840. The Shaughnessey Banks Funeral Home, 50 Reef Road in Fairfield Center has been entrusted with the arrangements.

Donations may be made in Bob’s name to: The Lustgarten Foundation, 1111 Stewart Avenue, Beth Page, N.Y. 11714 ( or you may sponsor or join “Bob’s Team” for the Pancreatic Cancer Research Walk on April 14 in New York City.

In memoriam contributions can also be made to “The Stirling Fund for Health Care Improvement” at The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice to support health care professionals’ education in improving health care.

Checks should be written to: “The Dartmouth Institute,” noting the contribution is for The Stirling Fund, and sent to: The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice, The Stirling Fund for Health Care Improvement, Allison McKenrick, 35 Centerra Parkway Suite 100, Lebanon NH 03766.

To send an online condolence and for information about joining “Bob’s Team” for the Pancreatic Cancer Research Walk, visit

by the staff

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