He was born in State College, PA, where he earned a B.S. degree in Chemistry from Penn State. He was awarded a PhD in Organic Chemistry from the University of Illinois and joined the research labs of Tennessee Eastman in 1943. His 35 year career with Eastman included three years as director of Eastman Research AG, a Kodak facility in Zurich, Switzerland.
A member of the American Chemical Society since 1940, Bob was active in local section activities and was chair of the NE Tennessee Section. He was the author of numerous patents and scientific publications, and lectured at conferences and universities in America and Germany. He was also an emeritus member and fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and left a number of unread issues.
Bob was an avid musician and held the flute chair in the early years of the Kingsport Symphony Orchestra and later played in the cello section. He served on the Kingsport Library Commission and was the first president of the Friends of the Kingsport Public Library.
Bob was a member of First Broad Street United Methodist Church for many years where he sang in the choir, held leadership positions and taught 5th grade Sunday school.
Following the death of his wife, Jean Babcock, and his retirement from Eastman, he married Maryann Heppert. They enjoyed travel, including bicycle tours in Europe and escorting friends on walking tours in Switzerland.
He was preceded in death by his wives and his two brothers.
Bob is survived by his son, Reed Hasek; grandsons, Jesse (Heather) and Noah Hasek; great-grandchildren, Riley and Dylan, all of Knoxville; step-children of 41 years, Mary Donnan Heppert of August, GA, Rebecca Clausen of St. Louis, Carol Atkins of Kingsport and Richard Heppert (Doreen) of Kingsport; step-grandchildren include Bart Domino (Chelsea); great-grandchildren, Lucas and Miles, Anna Foster (Brian) and Matt Clausen.
A memorial service will be held at 3:00 pm on Saturday, September 7, 2019 in the great room at Asbury Place.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to your favorite charity, or Symphony of The Mountains, 1200 E Center St # 311, Kingsport, TN 37660.
Bob won his final quidder game last week and was sharp and maintained his delightful sense of humor until the end.