Robert Harold Baskett
Colonel, United States Air Force
Colonel Robert Harold Baskett, USAF, Retired, age 56 passed away Thursday, January 31, 2002, at home of renal cell carcinoma. A 1968 Mechanical Engineering and distinguished ROTC graduate of Virginia Polytechnic Institute, he earned a Master’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Florida in 1969 before entering active duty in the U.S. Air Force in January 1970.
He was a command pilot with over 3,600 hours. His flying assignments included serving as an instructor in the T-38 and C- 103, supporting the cadet parachuting program at the Air force Academy, flying extensively in the Pacific and in combat support in Southeast Asia while assigned at Clark Air Force Base in the Philippines, serving as operations officer in two squadrons and commanding the 62nd Tactical Airlift Squadron.
Other assignments included teaching as an Assistant Professor of Aero Engineering at the U.S. Air Force Academy and personnel related assignments at Scott Air force Base, Illinois, the Pentagon, and finally Randolph Air Force Base, Texas.
Retiring after 30 years of military service,
Bob earned his teaching certificate in secondary education for math. He
began teaching math at Canyon High School during the school year of 2000-2001
and continued teaching until he became ill. As
Surviving Bob also are his mother, Meryl Bassett Baskett and sisters, Suzanne B. Anderton and Laurie Lynn Baskett of Richmond, Virginia. His father, Robert E. (Pete) Baskett, preceeded Bob in death. Visitation will be at Zoeller Funeral Home in New Braunfels at 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 3 and 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Monday February 4. Services will be Monday February 4 at the First United Methodist church in New Braunfels at 2 p.m. Colonel Baskett will be buried with full military honors at 3 p.m. on Feb. 19 at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington Virginia.
In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory
may be made to the Cancer Therapy and Research Center, P.O. Box 1657, San
Antonio, TX 78296 and please specify “for kidney cancer research,” or to
VNA and Hospice of South Texas, 8721 Botts Street, San Antonio, TX. 78217.