Dr. Robert Schoen, former president of Research Down Syndrome and LuMind Research Down Syndrome director of event and donor engagement, has retired from the organization. We are so grateful for Bob’s help and advice during the merger transition and join the thousands of RDS supporters – especially the vibrant community of Runners – in thanking Bob for his devotion, inspiration, and dedication to families with a loved one with Down syndrome.
Bob is looking forward to more time with his wonderful family and relaxing in the fabulous bier garten he created in his backyard, inspired by his years living in Germany. But we are certain he won’t forget his friends and fans at LuMind RDS!
“Bob is a very bright, thoughtful, caring and passionate advocate for cognitive research to benefit the Down syndrome community. He has been tireless in his work on their behalf and will be greatly missed,” said Dan Flately, Vice Chairman on LuMind Research Down Syndrome and co-founder of Research Down Syndrome.
In addition to developing and nurturing a dedicated community of Runners through initiating and growing the RDS Runners program, Bob tapped into his scientific background to explain and educate the importance of Down syndrome cognition research. As anyone who attended one of his Research presentations, “Dr. Bob” had a gift for making technical information accessible to our audiences.
“We are tremendously grateful to Bob for his many contributions to LuMind Research Down Syndrome and all members of the Down syndrome community,” said Dr. Patricia White, co-founder of Research Down Syndrome. “Over the past decade, Bob has tirelessly and generously applied his scientific expertise, leadership experience, and warm personality to the advancement of Down syndrome cognitive research, making significant contributions to this cause and positively impacting the lives of countless individuals and families. Thank you, Bob!”
The Board and staff of LuMind Research Down Syndrome Foundation are so grateful for Bob’s commitment and his guidance during the merge of the two organizations, especially helping Kate Dochelli take over the reins of the Runners program.
“Bob was the catalyst behind the launching of the Runners Program during his tenure with RDS,” acknowledged LuMind RDS President and CEO, Carolyn Cronin. “His leadership, passion and commitment to the success of the fundraising program has and continues to heighten awareness and need to fund Ds cognition research.”
Bob remains a part of the community he help to create and nurture, attending fundraising events as a “VIP-for-life,” regularly posting about his runs on Facebook, and continuing to inspire and motivate people to Race for the Extraordinary.
We send Bob, Sue and their family our very best wishes and gratitude for years of impassioned devotion.
Alles gute, Dr. Bob.