Robert Ray Huskinson
West Point, 1958
Be Thou At Peace
Posted by Mike Dugan on October 29, 2007:
Bob Huskinson loved West Point.
“Husky,” as he was invariably called, adapted easily to cadet life; high performance expectations at West Point matched those expectations he brought with him; he was innately competitive in all he attempted, had a wry sense of humor, a graceful touch in dealing with others, and that extra patina of maturity that typically flows from a previous year of college experience. He excelled in the academic, athletic and leadership challenges and was a distinguished graduate -- top 5%; he especially appreciated the emphasis on physical fitness and practiced the West Point ideal of vigorous physical activity until he suffered a debilitating stroke in 2005. Do not mistake these words, he did not relish being a cadet, yet Bob Huskinson loved West Point.
As a young man, Bob and his dad spent free time hunting and fishing in Wyoming, leaving Bob with a set of passions for all his adult life. He was a man of the West – active, outdoor and informal whenever and wherever he could be. At West Point he was involved with the Cadet Pistol Club, Rifle Club, Skeet Club, Hunting and Fishing Club and the Ski Club. He became a world class big game hunter with several successful African safaris and the associated trophy heads to his credit.
Upon graduation Bob accepted a commission in Infantry, went through the usual junior officer schools, and, was assigned to Ft. Lewis, details of which remain obscure, until 1961 when he resigned from the Army and entered Stanford Law School, on scholarship, from which he graduated in 1964. He immediately moved to Southern California and began his career as a litigator. In 1994 he founded his own firm, Huskinson & Brown, specializing in medical malpractice cases. His charismatic leadership of that firm and his penchant for taking only "interesting" cases brought his firm legal prominence. On a more personal note he was partial to fast sports cars and beautiful women, not necessarily in that order.
He loved West Point so much that when the rest of the world was learning how to use Ethernets and computers, “Husky” held fast to tradition and cadet training – pen, paper, typewriter and slide rule. He was truly a Luddite when it came to computers, e-mail and today’s electronic gadgets.
Bob was born to Heber and Radia Dayley Huskinson in St. Anthony, Idaho 27 June 1935; graduated as Valedictorian from the Cheyenne (Wyoming) High School 1953 before attending Yale for a year and then West Point. He died from apparent heart failure at his home in Palos Verdes, California 17 June 2007 and was interred at West Point 23 July 2007. Well done, “Husky”; be thou at peace.
Bob Huskinson loved West Point.
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