Wakefield Hall of Fame
Robert P. Dolbeare
Robert ‘Bob’ Dolbeare,
the retired president of the Wakefield Item Company and retired publisher of theWakefield Daily Item, has long been known for his
support of Wakefield High
Through his family newspaper and commercial printing business, Bob has
encouraged and fostered interest in Wakefield High sports
and Wakefield athletes.
wrote in a 1973 editorial, “…the character building attributed to school sports
programs comes partially from youngsters being motivated and stimulated to put
forth their best effort, to meeting the demands and making the sacrifices necessary
to succeed on the playing field and in life.”
Mr. Dolbeare was
a former corporator of the Savings Bank in Wakefield,
director of the YMCA, the Wakefield Rotary Club and a Paul Harris Fellow, the highest
honor a Rotarian can attain. He was
once president of the former 9:29ers club and a former secretary of the
Massachusetts Newspaper Publishers Association.
Bob is a 1948 graduate of Wakefield
High School where he competed in
hockey and baseball. A graduate of Dean
College and a Korean- war era
veteran of the U.S. Air Force, he was an avid runner through much of his life,
competing in the Boston Marathon a number of times and participated in the
Jimmy Fund Marathon Walk from Hopkington to Boston.
Mr. Dolbeare is
a two-time president of the Citizens’ Scholarship Foundation of Wakefield and a
two-time president of the Wakefield Chamber of Commerce.
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