Robert Halligan, of Brandermill Woods, Midlothian, Va., died on November 11, 2018, just a few days after voting in the most recent elections. As an ardent believer in the privilege and responsibility of citizenship and a devoted Democrat, he wouldn’t have missed it.
Bob was born in Huntington, N.Y. on December 1, 1934, graduated from Huntington High School in 1952. After serving in the U.S. Army during the Korean conflict in Japan and the Philippines, he returned home and graduated from C.W. Post University. He then attended the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University before joining USAID. He attended the school again, becoming a Princeton Fellow in Public and International Affairs.
Bob’s various positions with USAID took him around the world and he and his family lived in Nigeria, Thailand three different times, Vietnam and the Philippines. At the time of his retirement from the federal government as a Senior Foreign Service Officer in 1989, he was the Head of Personnel for the Agency.
Bob then worked for the National Rural Electrification Cooperative Association, heading their international program before fully retiring in 1995. The family then moved from the D.C. suburbs to the waters of Chincoteague Island, where he continued to remain engaged by working the polls, staying active in local Democratic races, volunteering at the Chincoteague Island Refuge and serving in many capacities at the Chincoteague Library. He was a voracious reader, avid lover of birds, wine, fine food, and he lived for a good “zinger.”
Left to cherish his memory are his wife of 58 years, Delina; his daughter, Chris Halligan; and son-in-law, Mike Epstein of Baltimore; his daughter, Bettina Halligan Hinckle; and son-in-law, Frank Hinckle of Richmond; four grandchildren, Brooke and Abby Epstein, Ethan and Blair Hinckle; wonderful nieces and a nephew and their families; his sister-in-law, Mimi Taylor; and incredible friends the world over. The family is especially grateful to those who cared for him at The Haven at Brandermill Woods. His was a life worth living and he will be missed terribly.*