Board of Directors
"I have lived off and on in Laos since 2017. My partner is Lao. A friend of mine from Xiengkouan province was only 6 years old when his elder brother (10) went out to play, picked up a bombie and died. Fortunately, my friend was not feeling well that day so was spared. I met his mother a year ago on her deathbed. She shared her anguish at losing her child. It hit home.
I was only 12 when the Vietnam War ended. I recall heated conversations between my father and elder brothers, but it was distant.
Moving to Laos has been a revelation. The Lao people are gentle, welcoming, lovely and few harbor grudges. I have personally witnessed the work that the UXO teams do and admire them. I feel compelled to act as an American. We must do what we can to fix the damage and help victims.
I am honored to be on the board of Legacies of War. My heart lies with the people of and UXO victims in Laos."
Over the past 4 years, Bob has split his time between Luang Prabang, Vientiane, and Paris. He currently operates a local charity in Luang Prabang providing relief to local families hit by job losses from Covid-19. Bob also owns a travel agency in the USA, and has traveled to 111 countries and worked on 6 continents. Bob holds Bachelor’s degrees in Biophysics and Engineering from the University of Illinois Urbana/Champaign, a Master’s in Computer Science from the University of Wisconsin Madison, and a MBA from INSEAD in Fontainebleau, France.