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volunteerDEDICATED SERVICE: Rochester City School No. 8 dedicated its library earlier this year in honor of Robert Williams ’59 (second from left). He was joined by Pat Coakley, the chair of Rochester Rotary’s School No. 8 scholarship committee, School No. 8 graduate Iniabasi Ikpot, John White, a past president of Rochester Rotary, and Iniabasi’s parents, Zacch and Nse Ikpot. (Photo: Special to Rochester Review)

For nearly 20 years, Robert Williams ’59 has been a regular presence at Roberto Clemente School No. 8 in the Rochester City School District. He’s so well-known as a volunteer and tutor that students affectionately refer to him as “Mr. Bob.”

In recognition of his commitment, the library at the school was dedicated in his honor earlier this year.

A member of the Rochester Rotary Club since 1974, Williams started working with the school when the Rochester group began an “Adopt-a-School” program 19 years ago. Since then, he’s been at the school nearly every day, supporting youngsters in their academic work. Most recently, he was a scholarship coach to Iniabasi Ikpot, a relationship that began when Iniabasi was in second grade at School No. 8 and continued through his senior year at McQuaid Jesuit High School.