“Bob” Lentz, 70, educator and outdoorsman, passed away peacefully at his
home in Danville on January 13, 2010. The cause was multiple organ
failure. Bob and his wife Sandy retired to Central Pennsylvania ten years
ago from Birmingham, MI. Through his life Bob was an educator who pushed
the boundaries of traditional learning and had a profound impact on a broad
spectrum of students, teachers, and others who he touched. A thinker and a
doer, Bob was guided by the principles that learning extended far beyond the
walls of a classroom, that sensitivity to differences in people was a core
component of education, and that a dry sense of humor was a fundamental
tool for connecting with others. A beloved husband, brother, father, and
grandfather, Bob was skilled in guiding those he loved through their own
sets of diverse choices with insight and wisdom while withholding judgment.
served as principal of Groves High School in Birmingham Michigan for 19
years. As principal he was known for his skilled and sensitive handling of
racial and other cutting edge community social issues affecting the school.
Over this period, Groves became nationally recognized for its academic
achievements and for its innovations in experiential learning and in
multi-cultural leadership. Bob led the school’s decision to use the new
national holiday celebrating the birthday of Martin Luther King as a
catalyst for probing discussion and in-service.
becoming principal in Michigan, Bob served as the founding director of
Project Adventure, an organization devoted to the values of providing
challenging outdoor problem solving experiences for students. Until
recently, he still served on the Board of Project Adventure. During his
time as Director, Project Adventure went from a program run out of one
school classroom to a program impacting curriculum in hundreds of schools
nationally and worldwide. Bob began his career as a high school teacher and
coach in North Ridgeville, Ohio and Wichita, Kansas and spent two years
working with the national headquarters of Outward Bound. He also spent ten
summers taking youngsters canoe tripping in the Canadian North Woods through
Rowe Lentz was born in Philadelphia on July 21, 1939 to Bernard Vosburgh
Lentz, an attorney, and Katherine Rowe Lentz, whose extensive work with the
Lighthouse Settlement included the introduction of “Meals on Wheels” to the
United States. Bob’s father was an infantry Battalion Commander in WWII.
His maternal Grandfather, Brigadier General Guy Ichabod (GI) Rowe won the
D.S.C. at 2nd Marne in 1918. His paternal Grandfather, Colonel
Bernard Lentz, commanded Scofield Barracks in Hawaii, made famous by “From
Here to Eternity.” Colonel Lentz put “Sound-Off” to music and the family
still holds part of the copyright. Bob graduated from Germantown Friends
School, where he met and married his high school sweetheart, Sandra Eaton.
He and Sandy recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.
Bob graduated from Brown University with a Bachelor’s degree in History and
later earned a Master’s degree in Education from Harvard University.
coming to the area, Bob and Sandy have become deeply tied to the local
community. Over the past several years, Bob has served on the Board of the
Bloomsburg Theater Ensemble. In 2008, Bob was awarded the Martin Luther
King Jr. Humanitarian Award from Bloomsburg University for his involvement
in the Bloomsburg Task Force for Racial Equality. Bob and Sandy have made
strong friends in the community who have helped them through challenging
health problems that they have been faced with from time to time. Despite
his failing health, Bob served as the acting headmaster at Greenwood Friends
School, in Millville, guiding the school during a time of change. Bob and
Sandy were also actively involved with Christ Memorial Episcopal Church in
Danville PA where Bob served on the Vestry and various committees.
addition to his wife of 50 years, Bob is survived by his children, Benjamin,
who is director of a development project in Africa, Sarah who is a teacher
in Detroit, and Nathanael who manages a venture fund in Philadelphia, and by
7 grandchildren, 2 sisters and a brother.
and friends are invited to attend a Requiem Mass to be held Monday, January
18, 2010 at 11:00 AM at Christ Memorial Episcopal Church East Market and
Pine Streets Danville PA with the Reverend Nancy Shank officiating. Friends
will be received directly following the service. . The family requests that
in lieu of flowers donations be made in Bob’s memory to the Children’s
Hospital Foundation PO Box 827790 Philadelphia PA 19182-7790.
Arrangements are under the direction of Visneski Funeral Home, Inc 10 W
Mahoning Street Danville PA.