Robert Michael Linsmayer, Jr.
Our memories of Linx from our days at the Academy conjure up visions of a confident young man with an infectious smile, droll sense of humor, and suntanned face - a veritable mixture of Southern California openness and Midwest traditional values. He was a scholar, earning a seven-month master's degree from UCLA following graduation. He was an athlete on the Academy Ski Team. He was a Southeast Asia combat veteran, Minnesota Guardsman, and airline pilot. But, more than any specific accomplishments that are usually recorded to measure one's impact on society, he was a dear friend and a welcomed guest whenever our lives' paths intersected. His loss in a Mar. 19 skiing accident is shocking to us, because he was so proficient in the sport and was on familiar slopes in Colorado. He, quite literally, epitomized life's vitality. The tragedy is further compounded in the acknowledgement that his one-year-old son, Robby, will never have the opportunity to know his father as we did. While each of us deals in our own way with his passing, we are especially conscious of the sorrow brought upon his family who have lost a son, brother, father, and husband. To them we offer our heartfelt sympathy and prayers for inner peace. Rob was a life member of the Association of Graduates. He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth; daughter Robyn Michelle, son Robert Edward, parents Robert and Christine, and two brothers, J. Nicholas and Christopher. Services and burial were at the Air Force Academy. To preserve Rob's memory and to provide a legacy for his son Robby, the family has established a scholarship fund. For all who care to participate, please send your contributions to: The Robert Michael Linsmayer, Jr. Scholarship Fund, Saint Paul Academy - Summit School, 1712 Randolph Ave., St. Paul, Minn. 55105. Rob, as you soared the skies with us in life, with God's grace, may you soar again with him, until we meet again. (By Rob's classmates and friends - Jim Reese and Tim Davidson)