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Robert M. Gants

Company K-2

19 Aug 1937 - 28 Nov 2015

Place of Death: Alexandria, VA

Interment: West Point, NY

It is with great regret and sorrow that we must notify you of the death of our classmate, Bob Gants, on November 28, 2015, in Alexandria, VA. 

Bob is survived by wife, Norma; two sons, Robert Daniel Gants (Paola) and Monte Arthur Gants (Brenda); a daughter, Erica Gants Pons (Thierry); and three grandchildren, Timothy, Robert and Owen

Visitation will be from 3-5 pm, Sunday, December 6th, at Demaine's Funeral Home, 520 S. Washington Street, Alexandria, VA  22314.  A funeral mass will be at 10 am, Monday, December 7th, at St. Mary's Catholic Church, 310 S. Royal Street, Alexandria, VA  22314. 

The funeral for Bob Gants will be at 1:30 PM on July 25, 2016 at the Old Cadet Chapel Columbarium, West Point, NY.

Condolences may be sent to Norma at 103 Pommander Walk, Alexandria, VA  22314

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations in Bob’s memory be made to Johns Hopkins Medicine, Sydney Kimmel Development Office, 750 E. Pratt Street Suite 1700, Baltimore, MD   21202, for the research of Dr. Lei Zheng. 

Well done, Bob.  Be thou at peace.


Class Memorial Pages\K-2 Bob Gants.pdf


Taps Memorial Article:

Robert M. Gants  1961

Cullum No. 23796-1961 | November 28, 2015 | Died in Baltimore, MD
Cremated. Inurned at West Point Cemetery, NY


Robert Monte “Bob” Gants was born on August 19, 1937 at Fort Bragg, NC. The son of Colonel Robert Tuthill Gants, an Army medical doctor, and Frances Langmade Gants, both from Kansas, he spent his childhood at various Army posts in the States and, after World War II, in post-war Germany. It was in Germany that Bob learned to love the opera. After returning to the United States, the family lived at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, DC, where his father was chief of the Surgical Department. From then on, Washington became Bob’s home base.

Bob graduated from Valley Forge Military Academy in 1956, and it was there that he cemented his desire to attend the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. Upon graduation from Valley Forge he enlisted in the Army and applied for an appointment to the Academy’s Preparatory School. He entered West Point in 1957 and soon excelled in many areas of endeavor, maintaining a high standard of physical conditioning, a great sense of humor (especially needed for plebes), an honest character, and a willingness to assist other cadets in meeting the demands of the Academy. He graduated in the Class of 1961.

Bob then served on active duty as an Infantry officer. His first assignment was with the 1st Battalion, 2nd Infantry at Fort Devens, MA (platoon leader, company commander, acting battalion S3). In 1964, after three years of service, he resigned with the rank of first lieutenant.

After leaving active duty, Bob began a successful career as an attorney and lobbyist. In 1965 he attended the Washington College of Law of the American University in Washington, DC, receiving his Juris Doctor degree in 1967. He and Norma were married that year and were happily married for 48 years.

His interest in government relations and lobbying began when he was appointed Counsel to the Interior and Insular Affairs Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives. After working on the Hill for several years Bob went on to work for the U.S. Energy Research and Development Administration, a predecessor agency to the Department of Energy, as an assistant director in the Office of Congressional Relations. He loved his work there and was involved in the implementation, coordination and review of ERDA’s congressional activities for environment, safety planning and analysis.

Later as Vice President for Government Relations for the National Constructor’s Association, Bob conceived and directed the U.S. and Overseas Employees Tax Fairness Committee and its successful campaign to repeal 1976 Section 911 tax law changes adversely affecting American competitiveness in world markets. He was recognized with several awards, including “International Man of the Year, 1979” by the Overseas Craftsman’s Association. And during ensuing employment with the Home Appliance Manufacturers, as Vice President for Government Relations, Bob’s focus was on representing appliance manufacturers in energy efficiency standards rule makings before the U.S. Department of Energy. He was proud to have worked on the successful passage of the National Appliance Energy Conservation Act, which set federal energy efficiency standards for home appliances.

In 1995 Bob found his true calling in the practice of law and became a partner in the Alexandria, VA law firm of Redmon, Peyton & Braswell, LLC, where he practiced for the rest of his life. He particularly enjoyed working just blocks from his home in Old Town, Alexandria. His practice areas included bankruptcy, domestic relations, government relations, trusts and estates. He litigated cases in all those areas of the law, handling challenging matters referred to him by his partners as well as those from his numerous clients. He often represented his partner, Gordon Peyton, as trustee in contested bankruptcy matters in the Eastern District of Virginia. He was referred to as the “utility infielder” by his partners because he could handle anything that was thrown at him, no matter how unusual.

Bob was active in the Alexandria Chapter of the Rotary Club, the local Bar Association, the Old Dominion Boat Club, the Alexandria Businessman’s Club and St. Mary’s Catholic Church. He was passionate about many things: he was an avid sailor, he modeled boats, was a voracious reader of history, played chess every week (almost always won), went antiquing with Norma, and loved to play golf. He loved being with his family and friends and will always be remembered for his loud, raucous laugh.

He was a loving and devoted father and was immensely proud of his two sons: Robert Daniel, married to Paola; and Monte Arthur, married to Brenda; and his daughter, Erica, married to Thierry. His three grandsons—Timothy, Robert and Owen—filled him with great joy.

During his final years Bob was afflicted with a difficult and serious strain of cancer. Through his fortitude and with the unyielding assistance of Norma, he successfully overcame the cancer and, not only that, assisted others to live with and overcome their cancer.

Bob was also extremely proud of having graduated from West Point and always lived his life with “Duty, Honor, Country” foremost in his thoughts. He died on November 28, 2015 of respiratory failure and is inurned at West Point.

He will be forever missed.