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Bob Craft, #8580

Washington, DC


Bob first came to Dudley as a Junior in 1953 and was an Aide, JL, and then a Leader in the summers of 1956 and 1957. Bob Marshall was Camp Director, Willie Schmidt was a Leader and John Storey, Al Kaemmerlen, Charlie Johnson, Ben Nelson, and other Dudley luminaries were at camp with Bob. His older son, #14580 Tiger, attended Dudley in the late 1980s where current Board member John Ulin was his leader in Iroquois in 1988. Bob’s granddaughter, #24480 Ellie, is looking forward to her fourth summer at Kiniya, where Willie’s granddaughter, Zoe, and Dwight Poler’s daughter, Greta, have been her leaders. Tiger’s son, Robert IV, has applied to be a Cub.

Bob began summering on Lake Champlain when he was five years old, and he and his wife, Jamie, spend summers north of Westport, on Corlear Bay, where Bob spends time in his kayak, on his stand-up paddleboard and climbing some of the less challenging peaks of the Adirondacks. Attending at least one Hymn Sing at Dudley is a “must” each summer for Bob and Jamie.

While pursuing a legal career, first in New York and later in Washington, DC, Bob also coached little kids’ baseball, ran marathons, and was a Trustee and President of the Washington National Opera, working with Placido Domingo when he was the General Director. He and Jamie are also involved with Opera Theatre St. Louis, a city where their younger son Gerard is a James Beard Award-winning chef-owner of five restaurants.

He spent his career at Sullivan & Cromwell, where he was managing partner of the Washington office and is currently Senior Counsel (which means retired!). A graduate of Princeton, Oxford, and Harvard Law School, he served as the National Chair of the Harvard Law School Fund and as a member of the Visiting Committee to Harvard Law School. He currently co-chairs an International Law Committee, is President of the Friends of House of Sweden and is on the Advisory Board of Adirondack Architectural Heritage (AARCH).

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